Syria's Conundrum: What's Next After the Assad E-mail Leaks?
Published March 18th, 2012 - 09:41 GMT
From trying to cover up the Assad E-mails to sexualizing the revolution, for what should Syria prepare itself? ; The Coptic Church is already discussing whose next to take over after Pope Shenouda III; More on Lebanon's rotten meats situation.
The best way to ensure nothing gets done is to make sure things remain in a state of chaos. And the situation seems to be this way in Syria right now. This Syrian blogger tries to make sense out of the mess out of it all.
"Nobody has the right to beat us, to kill us or threaten us just because of who we are or what we say or believe in. If somebody tries to justify this for a greater good, then they are lying. We must all reject sectarianism and dictatorship equally, and we must speak up when somebody tries to drown out common sense through slogans and hatred."
Say what you will about the Arab Spring and its fallen dictators, one theme seems to spring out: That all of these dictators are disconnected with what is going around them- the death, poverty, destruction. And that just might be the very heart of the problem.
"In the case of both Assad and Mubarak, as well as all others in the Arab World, disconnections from reality have been born by governing with impunity and a lack of accountability that has lasted for decades."
We know that sex sells, but this might be a bit ridiculous. Is using sex, sexual violence and scandal the best way to get this revolution in motion?
"What if the sexing up of the coverage was a desperate, last-ditch effort to recapture the attention of people who are shutting Syria out of their minds?"
How Will the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Choose its Pope?? “Coptic Papal Conclave for dummies”
In Egypt's current political environment, it seems that the decision to pick the next Coptic Orthodox pope is a vital political decision now, especially in light of the upcoming presidential elections. All eyes will be on the next religious leader, as he will have a lot to live up to in terms of his predecessor and the role itself.
"Just like there was a strong rivalry presidential chair during the time of Mubarak and we wonder who really was going to rule Egypt after his departure, there was also strong rivalry inside the Church especially the health of Shenouda III was deteriorating from bad to worse."
Al Bawaba has reported on the Lebanese coverage of the rotten meat issue before, so we continue to look at what the active Lebanese blogger community has uncovered on the matter.
"This being said, there were two types of products being distributed:
- Expired meat that still “looked okay” had its expiry date changed.
- Rotten meat was sold as processed or hamburger meat etc…"