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March 26th, 2011
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Gorani: "The big frustration for people in Syria is corruption"

By Back|Story staff, CNN International

CNN Center (CNN) There is a lot of focus on the historical pattern of unrest happening in the Middle East. Syria is particularly interesting and protests there are the latest focus of the wave of events where people in the region are expressing concern and unhappiness with the status quo.

We've seen protests in the southern Syrian city of Daraa where at least 15 people have been killed at the time of this recording you see in the video above. Even surprisingly, some protests in Damascus as well; but also of note are reports of protests in the city of Hema which is significant given it's history: there was a heavy attack in 1982 by the Syrian Army to shut down a revolt involving the Muslim Brotherhood. Syria isn't a culture of protests, unlike Egypt where even before their latest revolution you would still see protests happening.

Hala Gorani of CNN International has been to Syria many times. We felt we should sit down with her to talk about some of the details that stand out about Syria's brand of unrest.

It turned out to be quite an enlightening conversation about a complex yet intriguing country.

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  1. Clark

    Holmesy, great interview with Hala.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard O. Akinyemi

    Hala's presentation of issues,keeps me glued to CNN
    Her shear insight into issue is only second 'Jonathan Mann'
    The wave of protest in the middle east is a confirmation that 'Genuine Democracy rather than Orligacy and dictorship,is the ONLY way to go'
    I pray earnestly for my beloved country;Nijja 4 life

    March 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaharukh

      '):Rushdie's so-called blasphemy is the fiicaratbon of literalists whose piety can be respected but whose literalism assumes what may not be assumed: that the Creator of the Universe can be diminished by any human agency. Islam, like Judaism, is not an iconic creed (both are famously the opposite), but the philosophers of even such iconic religious expressions as medieval Christianity and classical Hinduism do not locate the divine literally in paint or carving, and that art, while it may for some kindle reverence, cannot be a medium for the soiling of the sacred. Art cannot blaspheme, because it is not in the power of humankind to demean or besmirch the divine.Now, I don't pretend to be an expert on the subtleties of Islamic theology but I was under the impression idolatry was as much a sin to Muslims as it is for Christians – even if the precise definition is enormously controversial both within, and between, faiths. Perhaps those who scream the loudest about blasphemy would care to ask themselves if Ms. Ozick doesn't have a point.

      May 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kgirl

    Great context, fascinating insight. Thanks for this!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayra

      These posted by Guy Hebert at Samizdata.net (I don't think he's the same as this ) seem prttey insightful and appropriate to this comment thread, "So the objection to the cartoons cannot really be founded in the Islamic image-ban. They are clearly neither idolatry nor invitations to it. On the contrary, the insistance that a mocking representation amounts to a gross insult to the prophet is much more like idolatry in that sense: a demand that the man be revered as incapable of representation as God."

      August 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ajitha

    Right, so the angry dispossessed birds fngniilg themselves at the fortifications on suicide missions, blowing themselves up to inflict as many casualties and as much damage as possible, are the AMERICANS, whilst the fat piggy egg stealers wearing military headgear and hiding in the green zone are the ARABS?I mean, it's a fun game and all, but if you're using it as a political metaphor, it's very clearly the other way round.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
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    August 30, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |