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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The video that got me banned from the "ArabCalendar" group. Who fears the truth?

In response to an email sent by an Arab American to the ArabCalendar about the recent rally held by Assad and his supporters in Damascus in which it was claimed that about a million supporters were in attendance, I sent an email with a video link showing the exact image of the whole rally which could not have included more than a couple thousand people. The video was shot and leaked by an eyewitness.

Obviously, to those who do not believe in the importance of the truth and freedom of speech, the message was deemed unacceptable.  The "ArabCalendar" group’s pro-Assad moderator censored the email and removed me from entire the group list.  

It is in response to this widespread culture of control and censorship that the Arab Spring has started in the Arab World and it is for that reason it is being opposed by a few who share such dictatorial mindset.

The purpose of sending the video link was to educate those who are being misinformed by Assad’s propaganda machine, including his shameful supporters here in the US.  Such misinformation cannot continue forever. 

Truth, democracy and freedom are going to prevail in the Arab World and within the Arab community, very soon.

Below is the actual email

From: Hussam Ayloush
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2012 9:36 AM
To: 'ArabCalendar@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: Re: Pres. Assad & his people

In response to Ghassan’s email about Assad addressing a million Syrian supporter.

Pres. Assad & his people

Posted by: "Ghassan H. Elias" ibn3akkar@yahoo.com

Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:23 pm (PST)

الرئيس الأسد يلتقي السوريين في ساحة الأمويين ..وعائلته كانت بين الجماهير
الصورة تتكلم
شوكوماكو - خاص
قال الرئيس الأسد مخاطبا مئات أكثر من مليون شخص احتشدوا في ساحة الأمويين  دعما لمسيرة الاصلاح التي يقودها .
أردت ان اكون معكم الأن لأنني انتمي لهذا الشارع وعلى من يريد ان يخاطب الشارع عليه أن ينزل الى الشارع ويخاطب الشارع من الشارع،

See for yourself the real “million” of Butcher Assad’s supporters.

فضيحة المسيرة المؤيدة الحاشدة المليونية في ساحة الأمويين والمجرم بشار الأسد يلقي كلمته 11 1 2012

Shame on anyone who still supports this despicable murderous despot.

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