Whitewashing the call for revolution all over the middle east by giving it a cutsey name like some ad campaign, “Arab spring”, downplays the dreadful reality of these revolutions and their causes. It is surreal to read about this death beside the adds at the side for the likes of Gretchen Rossi, Snooki, and the latest whatever tv show. You may not know of this 13 year old boy. His name was Hamza Ali al-Khateeb. He was picked up by the Syrian security forces April 29th. After a month, his body was returned to his family. His father was detained last week for making his torture and murder by the Syrian government forces public. Reading the details in the article here at the Mail Online is horrific.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Syria this weekend chanting his name and clutching his photo. Amidst the flashing ads for diet aids and the latest episode of whatever, you may have missed this. Here’s a bump.