TTM Contributor 10
October 12, 2014
Due to the increased number of civil organizations and charity and educational foundations in Syria, "The Palestinians of Syria" foundation held a seminar for officials and members of other organizations to train them in management and how to be a superior successful organization. The seminar was named "The art of designing and managing an organization."
Omar Attieh, an international management trainer, discussed many topics concerning methods of work and new techniques. The seminar lasted for five days and, at the end, contests and entertainment programs were held, and presents were handed to the contributors.
The Principle of al-Rehaneya School (Man, Arabic):
“The seminar was very helpful. We learnt how to manage an institution, and how to establish an institution. And a manager can give his full potential according to his position, if it was on the top of the pyramid or at the bottom.”
Omar Attieh, Management Trainer (Man, Arabic):
“I did a seminar on the art of designing and managing an organization. The program included three main aspects: the concepts of the managerial process, the phases of building an organization, and evaluating and adjusting the management of an organization. These are basic concepts but they are fundamental to people concerned with this type of work.”
A course has been set up to educate Syrian journalists, inside and outside of Syria, about occupational safety and information protection. Sponsored by al-Doha centre for the Freedom of Press, the course trains the journalists methods of protecting themselves and their information in the dangerous environment of the Syrian uprising. The course was held in Istanbul over a period of five days and was attended by 31 students. Al-Doha Centre paid for the costs of travelling and accommodation for the journalists who received certificates at the end.
1: Ibrahim al-Idilbi, Syrian media activist from Idlib, Cooperates with al-Jazeera
2: Hashem al-Abdullah, freelance journalist
3: Mour Mrtini, freelance journalist and an independent writer
4: Hadi al-Khateeb, trainer of the information safety course
5: Hassan al-Rashidi, trainer of the occupational safety course
“We are a group of activists inside Syria who came to Istanbul, in Turkey, to attend a course sponsored by al-Doha centre for the freedom of press. The course is intended to teach us how to protect our information and ourselves. We really needed a course like this and, as you know, the crisis has escalated in Syria, which is why occupational safety was the main aspect for this course. We also benefited a lot from the information they gave us about protecting the information that we obtain.”
“We, as activists in Syria, started reporting events from Syria, but we lacked the simplest knowledge about protection of ourselves and our devices, that we used to transfer information. Through this course we were introduced to many methods for protecting information and for occupational safety that we did not know before.”
“It was announced that al-Doha centre set up a course to teach journalists about occupational and information safety, so I applied for this course. Since I am in constant contact with activists and journalists inside Syria, and since I am a woman spending time near the conflict areas in Syria, I need the training which al-Doha Centre is providing. We need to know these methods, not only for our own safety, but also for the safety of the network of journalists and news agencies that we deal with. The trainers were professionals, not only in terms of being news reporters, but also in digital security.”
“I am an information safety and digital security trainer and I work with al-Doha Center. We have been training activists and journalists for two days about the issues of information safety and digital security. The training concentrated on the dangers journalists might face, concerning the data they have and the sources they work with. We also worked on the issue of protecting smartphones that are used by the journalists to write reports and to take photos. So we concentrated on the usage of these devices and the different strategies.” Hassan al-Rashidi:
“This course as you can see was set up for the sake of protecting Syrian journalists who work in areas of conflict. We taught them about security precautions that should be applied while on the ground and first aid techniques in case of injury. We also introduced them to the types of mines that are found in some areas and the actions a professional journalist should take if they find themselves in danger or stopped at a checkpoint. The way that a journalist should dress, for their own safety, so they do not look similar to government forces or any other armed group. We also talked about the ethics of the profession and ways in which a journalist should never behave, such as carrying a weapon or becoming a spy. We also taught them how to deliver this information to their colleagues who were not able to attend the course.”
Units of the FSA and the opposition have announced their desire to liberate checkpoints in Idlib. A wide variety of artillery was used in the battle over the checkpoints, including anti-tank missiles, tanks, and canons. The rebels raided al-Tarraf checkpoint and liberated it from government control after destroying two tanks and capturing another, along with a large amount of munitions. The fighters also destroyed tanks in al-Dahman and al-Madajen, and killed and injured dozens of government fighters. Meanwhile, the town of Kfaroumah and the surrounding area has been bombarded by government airstrikes leaving eight rebels dead and many more injured.
Syrian voters crowd the area of the Syrian embassy, which is located in Yarzeh, on the outskirts of Beirut.
Syrian voters pack streets near the Syrian embassy. The throngs of Syrian voters in the streets near the embassy caused traffic jams for kilometers around.
Thousands of Syrians pack the streets near the Syrian Embassy waiting for their turn to vote. The throngs of voters blocked main thoroughfares and sent transportation infrastructure into disarray for kilometers around.
Civil defense members spray water on a crowd of Syrian voters to help prevent people fainting in the heat.
Lebanese Red Cross volunteers attend to a young man in need of medical assistance. Many voters suffered from heat stroke or were injured in the chaos of the raucous crowd.
Syrian voters gathering in front of the Syrian embassy in Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon
Hezbollah flag waves in crowd of Syrian voters. Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and paramilitary organization, is a staunch ally of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Hezbollah has deployed its fighters inside Syria to fight alongside the Syrian Army.
Syrian voters crowd the main gate of the Syrian embassy.
Civil defense members spray water on a crowd of Syrian voters help prevent people from fainting in the heat.
Syrian voters clash with Lebanese Army forces who struggled to control the excited crowds and stop them from blocking roads and disrupting traffic.
Syrian voters drop their ballots in the ballot boxes
Syrian voters dropping their voting ballots in the ballot boxes.
Syrian voters drop their ballots in the ballot boxes.
The voting ballot for the 2014 Syrian presidential elections. The names and pictures of the three Syrian presidential candidates are depicted on the ballot. From left to right: Hassan al Nouri, Bashar al Assad, Maher Hajjar.
Two Syrian voters wear shirts with images of President Bashar al Assad. The shirts read "The lion of Syria in Lebanon", which is meant to refer to President Assad whose last name means "lion" in Arabic.
Syrian voters carry the Syrian government flag and posters of President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian embassy in Yarze, Lebanon.
Syrian voters crowd the area of the Syrian embassy in Yarze, Lebanon
Syrian voters drop their ballots in the ballot boxes.
Syrian voters dropping their voting ballots in the ballot boxes
Election workers guard ballot boxes under large photos of the Syrian presidential candidates.
Young man waving Syrian government flag.
Female voters show their support for Bashar al Assad.
May 16, 2014
Wadi al-Deif, Idlib, Syria
Syrian Opposition fighters say this is the tunnel they used to carry out the explosion on May 14, 2014 at the checkpoint at Tal al-Sawadi in Wadi al-Deif Camp, one of the most important Syrian Army camps in Idlib Province.
The Islamic Front and the al-Furqan Brigade say they were able to dig a tunnel 750-meters long, with a height of two meters and the width of one and a quarter meters. It took them over seventy days and it was packed with over 56 tons of explosives. The rebels say they killed dozens of Assad regime soldiers and destroy many pieces of artillery, a tank, and a BMP tank. Fighting continues with the rebels using many kinds of heavy artillery such as mortars, cannons and others in their effort to freeing the rest of the area.
This operation is considered the second in Idlib and in this camp specifically.
Colonel Riad, or Mohammad: a leader in the Islamic front speaks of the idea of digging the tunnel and how to do that
Mohamad al Sayed: a fighter who dug the tunnel, speaks of the regime’s loses and the qualities of the tunnel
Hassan al-Dghaim: a witness from the area of Maarat al-Noaman, talks about the length of the tunnel and the suffering the rebels faced while digging it
Khaled Abu al-Fajr: a fighter in al-Furqan brigade speaks of the suffering during digging the tunnel and the tools used.
Various shots show the gate of the tunnel
Various shots show the interior of the tunnel
Various shots show the lighting holes built into the walls of the tunnel
Various shots show the barriers surrounding the barrier of Tal al-Sawadi such as the barriers of al-Samad and the camp of Wadi al-Daif
Various shots show the regime firing over Maarat al-Noaman while heavy smoke is coming out
Various shots show the barrier of Tal al-Sawadi.