Maybe we should open a Middle East topic or something, because I do not want to downplay developments in other countries, but over the last weeks (months?) things are going worse and worse in Syria. In a declaration more than 100 writers and journalists in and outside Syria have condemned the hard actions of the regime aganist the demonstrants. They ask intellectuals to take a stand. According to human rights organizations around 350 people have been killed in total (this weekend alone more than 100). Reason: they took part in a demonstration. Latest developments: the army has entered Daraa. Of course, again dead people (eyewitness have said, and Al-Jazeera says 5) BBC article Our Minister of Foreign Affairs is busy in the EU asking the other countries to freeze their money stream to Syria, but doesn't want military action (at this time). He says: Instead maximal pressure is needed by the West. The Alevites have the power for over forty years, they form a special group in the shi’itic islam. It's not easy to overthrow their important positions. Also this is a very sensitive matter in countries like Iran, if there will be militairy action in Syria. Please do not mind my spelling. I quickly and roughly translated a Dutch article.