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 Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT). 
via The New York Times
(credit: Oliver Hartung caption:  Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)
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Assad as Mickey Mouse. What could be more ironic? From Oliver Hartung’s Signs of Syria (NYT).

via The New York Times

(credit: Oliver Hartung caption: Between Damascus and As Suwayda. 2009.)

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I’ll have my flour with a side of irony, please. 
In Syria, the couple who caused the carnage cram cartons of food aid for the victims of fighting in Homs. 
As we all know, when your home is bombed and your family dead, nothing picks you up better than an Assad-packed care package. 
via  Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Reuters/SANA/Handout caption: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) and his wife Asma (L) prepare aid for Homs citizens at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus in this handout photograph taken April 16, 2012 and released on April 18, 2012 by Syria’s national news agency SANA. State television broadcast pictures on Wednesday of the Assads receiving a rapturous welcome at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus.They joined hundreds of volunteers boxing cartons full of flour, sugar, cooking oil and pasta for victims of fighting in Homs, where the president’s forces are crushing an uprising.)
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I’ll have my flour with a side of irony, please.

In Syria, the couple who caused the carnage cram cartons of food aid for the victims of fighting in Homs.

As we all know, when your home is bombed and your family dead, nothing picks you up better than an Assad-packed care package.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Reuters/SANA/Handout caption: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) and his wife Asma (L) prepare aid for Homs citizens at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus in this handout photograph taken April 16, 2012 and released on April 18, 2012 by Syria’s national news agency SANA. State television broadcast pictures on Wednesday of the Assads receiving a rapturous welcome at al-Fahya stadium in Damascus.They joined hundreds of volunteers boxing cartons full of flour, sugar, cooking oil and pasta for victims of fighting in Homs, where the president’s forces are crushing an uprising.)

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Syrian demonstrators keeping a low profile? Battle primal at this point? Actually, I don’t imagine this was any thing other than an odd photo.
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Ali Jarekji/Reuters caption:  Syrian refugees and local residents take part in a demonstration against Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, after Friday prayers outside the Syrian embassy in Amman March 30, 2012.) 
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Syrian demonstrators keeping a low profile? Battle primal at this point? Actually, I don’t imagine this was any thing other than an odd photo.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Ali Jarekji/Reuters caption: Syrian refugees and local residents take part in a demonstration against Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad, after Friday prayers outside the Syrian embassy in Amman March 30, 2012.)

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 The only photos of happy Syrians are those of them escaping to Turkey.
via The Charlotte Observer
(photo credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo caption:  A group of Syrians fleeing violence in their country, walk towards the Turkish border near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Turkey said Thursday it was considering the establishment of a “buffer zone” along its border with Syria after more than 1,000 Syrians crossed into Turkish territory in the latest influx of refugees escaping attacks by security forces in their homeland.)
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The only photos of happy Syrians are those of them escaping to Turkey.

via The Charlotte Observer

(photo credit: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo caption: A group of Syrians fleeing violence in their country, walk towards the Turkish border near Reyhanli, Turkey, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Turkey said Thursday it was considering the establishment of a “buffer zone” along its border with Syria after more than 1,000 Syrians crossed into Turkish territory in the latest influx of refugees escaping attacks by security forces in their homeland.)

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo:  Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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How rare to see pic of someone setting an IED, especially sympathetic to the West.

via: Sac Bee Syria slideshow

(photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels plant a makeshift explosive device to destroy a Syrian Army tank during a day of heavy fighting with Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

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A girl (looks like a toddler) has a bullet removed from her hand in Homs, Syria. The superman shirt is poignant. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(photo credit: Stringer/Reuters caption:  A doctor at a makeshift hospital displays a bullet removed from the hand of a young girl wounded during what protesters said was an attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, at the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 8, 2012.)
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A girl (looks like a toddler) has a bullet removed from her hand in Homs, Syria. The superman shirt is poignant.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(photo credit: Stringer/Reuters caption: A doctor at a makeshift hospital displays a bullet removed from the hand of a young girl wounded during what protesters said was an attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, at the Khalidiya neighbourhood in Homs March 8, 2012.)

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As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child. 
via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures
(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP  caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.) 
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As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child.

via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.)

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The final pic in a Newsweek photo gallery showing posters of Assad. If the pictures are pretty random, this one requires a pause. Just a random wire hanging in the foreground, it’s suggestive of a noose. Call it photographic wishful thinking? 
via: Newsweek slideshow: Big Brother is Watching You.
(photo: Nicolas Righetti / Rezo)
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The final pic in a Newsweek photo gallery showing posters of Assad. If the pictures are pretty random, this one requires a pause. Just a random wire hanging in the foreground, it’s suggestive of a noose. Call it photographic wishful thinking?

via: Newsweek slideshow: Big Brother is Watching You.

(photo: Nicolas Righetti / Rezo)

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One of the saddest photos to come out of Syria recently. The caption reads body of a man, but it looks like a boy to me. 
via The New York Times Lens Blog
(photo credit: Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: Syrians carried the body of a man killed in violence in the northwestern Idlib region. Three soldiers were killed and seven others wounded by a bomb at the southern entrance to the city of Idlib, according to the official SANA news agency.) 
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One of the saddest photos to come out of Syria recently. The caption reads body of a man, but it looks like a boy to me.

via The New York Times Lens Blog

(photo credit: Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse—Getty Images caption: Syrians carried the body of a man killed in violence in the northwestern Idlib region. Three soldiers were killed and seven others wounded by a bomb at the southern entrance to the city of Idlib, according to the official SANA news agency.)

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Homs pipeline on fire. Something tells me (see caption) this is a little beyond a couple neighborhood “terrorists.”
via Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures
(photo credit: Anonymous/AP caption: This Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012 satellite image shows a pipeline fire in Homs, Syria. The pipeline, which runs through the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr, in Homs, had been shelled by regime troops for the previous 12 days, according to two activist groups, the Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The state news agency, SANA, blamed “armed terrorists” for the pipeline attack last week. It said the pipeline feeds the tankers in the Damascus suburb of Adra, which contribute in supplying gasoline to the capital and southern regions.) 
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Homs pipeline on fire. Something tells me (see caption) this is a little beyond a couple neighborhood “terrorists.”

via Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Anonymous/AP caption: This Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012 satellite image shows a pipeline fire in Homs, Syria. The pipeline, which runs through the rebel-held neighborhood of Baba Amr, in Homs, had been shelled by regime troops for the previous 12 days, according to two activist groups, the Local Coordination Committees and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The state news agency, SANA, blamed “armed terrorists” for the pipeline attack last week. It said the pipeline feeds the tankers in the Damascus suburb of Adra, which contribute in supplying gasoline to the capital and southern regions.)

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