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Despite America’s professed love of democracy, we’re still seeing relatively little coverage of or support for the Middle Eastern nations who are rising up against their dictatorial regimes. Sad as it is to say, the people of Tunisia, Egypt and Lybia got off relatively light compared to the ruthless crackdowns in Yemen and Syria. In Syria, for example, the police and military will fire on unarmed protesters, and kill them. And when the family and friends attend the funeral for their murdered loved ones, the police and military open fire on the funeral and kill the mothers, fathers and children of the innocent protesters they already killed. And despite these risks, many in Syria still take to the streets to try to oust ruthless Bashar government.
But another Syrian brutality that is shocking to me is the murder of Syrian songwriter Ibrahim Qashoush. Qashoush wrote a number of songs and chants that were popular at protests, usually with angry but humorous lyrics. Quashoush went missing on July 3, and was found dead in a river in his hometown, with his throat cut out. Not cut, removed. As horrifying and bloody a political message as I’ve seen in recent times.
So let’s fight silence and murder with noise. Here’s a video of a street protest in Syria where the people are singing one of Quashoush’s songs (with subtitles).
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