We’ve done little writing or analysis on Syria, mostly because of the speed and frequency with which things are changing, and the sheer number being killed in massacres and government-organized military attacks happens with such disgusting regularity, making it difficult to write pertinent articles. Today, however, with the defection (or, as Assad would like you to believe, dismissal) of Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab, it’s an opportunity to share a few of the social media tools we’re using to track the situation.
The most pertinent would be Al Jazeera’s interactive map of Syria defections, which has embedded links to the videos of each defector’s statement
Other Al Jazeera tools include a timeline of events (at the time of posting, the timeline hadn’t been updated since July 18, prior to Hijab’s defection, but the other 17 months of events are there), a map with the stories of Syrian residents which also illustrates where the conflict has centered, and a breakdown of Syria’s economic situation – which countries are sanctioning it and with which countries it’s trading.
Syrian Uprising 2011 Information Centre is using interactive Google maps to pin activities – protests, attacks, and deaths – all over Syria. The links lead to YouTube videos, which means that links of names usually go to videos of casualties. The YouTube channels vary, so the blog appears to be mostly an amalgamator.
We’ll update this list as we run into other helpful tracking tools. And expect (another) post about the international community’s role (or lack thereof) in Syria soon.
Sophia’s two cents: I just wanted to add that we are aware of the bias of Al-Arabiya (they are pro-Saudi Arabia. And anti-Iran and therefore pro-Assad) But they are a good source nevertheless although I am weary of their analysis…