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Those who are helping the Syrians

and those who prefer Assad

"Lemon squeezers" are those who turn their face away from Assad's atrocities (picture by popgadget)

"Lemon squeezers" are those who turn their face away from Assad's atrocities (picture by popgadget)

According to French newspaper Le Monde, 4 regional councilors from Aleppo went to Paris to meet with the representatives of the 28 European countries and negotiate humanitarian aid. 
Against the inaction of the European Union father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a "troublesome" priest who was called back from Syria some years ago, launched an appeal for the immediate ceasefire in Damascus. 

Here, Assad keeps ruling also because some élite members behave like "lemon squeezers" according to Italian newspaper Il Foglio: they restrain from criticizing the regime out of fear rebels might turn into "fundamentalists" and "terrorists". 

5 July 2013

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