Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Background Reading: Hands Off Syria

Good Journalists: Patrick Cockburn

Syrian Sources: Al-Masdar News

Royalties, Donations, Go Fund Me and Other Financial Matters

You can donate to this bank account in Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin Bank
Account Name: Declan Hayes
Account Branch: AIB Raheny
Account Type: Deposit
Account Number: 32358036
NSC: 932345
IBAN: IE28AIBK93234532358036
IBAN: AIBK93
Note: This is a basic, fully compliant account with no debit card, no credit card and no Internet banking facilities. Though royalties, donations and other deposits can be made directly to the account, withdrawals can only be made by me in person, thus guaranteeing a very easy and traceable paper trail.
Fr Dave Option
If you want to donate to Fr Dave Smith’s highly recommended Fighting Father Ministries, here are the details:

Bank account name: Fighting Fathers Ministries
BSB 032-067
A/C 226190
Marist Option
If the above does not suit you, you can alternatively give to the Marist Congregation, who are doing excellent work in government-held Aleppo. Their bank details are as follows: Congregations Des Freres Maristes BP 70540, Collège Mariste Champville Libano, INLELBBEXXX IBL BANK S.A.L (formerly Intercontinental Bank, Beirut), Account: LB60005200190023010190033012; It is important to put: cadeau pour frere george, so Aleppo gets the money.

All royalties from the sale of these books and all monies donated from them and from associated campaigns will go and will be seen to go in cash and in person to the women and children of government-controlled Syria. The first installments will be given around May 15/16 when we hold a children’s festival there to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and the 100th anniversary of the Sykes Picot accord. Recipients will include women and children’s groups in Saidnaya, Ma’loula, Kasab, Yarmouk and Bab Tuma, as well as some of the scores of orphanages now active in Damascus and internally displaced groups from towns such as Raqqa, Madaya, Fuah and Kafraya.
We are also trying to establish more direct ways of sending money directly into government-controlled Syria and will be working on that. Although Western Union are very active there, we are aware of its pitfalls. We will most likely send money from our bank account in Ireland to a hand full of trusted individuals only, where we micro-audit their spending. Please email me here for more information about practical ways you can help.
This project is a work in progress. Because we have to create a financial balance between putting smiles on kids’ faces and food into their bellies, we must divide the money between necessary entertainment and purchasing imported dry foods like rice and cooking oil, which most of them can no longer afford. We also have to bear in mind that the rebels will suicide bomb any celebrations they get wind of. That said, the show will go on and all monies expended will be accounted for.
We intend to be fully open and transparent in all this and to absorb all costs ourselves, so that we may better highlight the gangsterism and outright criminality the rebels’ Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been allowed to get away with. Saving Syria is a huge project and it is important matters are done properly from the beginning so that the Syrian people can win the war and win the peace as well.

Syria is a NATO-made disaster. Help us help them. Please keep up to date by following @taigstaigs and those I follow in twitter; also check out the other volumes and the websites.

Dr Declan Hayes
Dublin
twitter: @taigstaigs
To donate or for more information
Please click here or here
Until the next volume, goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you.

 

 

SYRIA: Where Christianity was Born and where it thrived

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Saidnaya, Qalamoun Hills:  This Christian town has fought off the rebels over 24 times, the last and most ccritival time with the help of Lebanese irregulars, who Syria’s Christians hold in the highest esteem, as they fight and die to protect them.

 

 

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With Patriarch Gregorios Laham 111, the spiritual leader of the world’s Greek Catholics. The photos are taken in his cathdral in Damascus. When I told Patriarch Laham he does the work of ten men half his age, he quipped: only ten?

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With Fr Dave Smith, an Ausralian Anglican priest, who has done a lot for Syria. The photo is taken at the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus, with the tomb of John the baptist in the background.

 

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Shortley after these Assyrian children went trick or treating for Holloween 2014, the moderate rebels kidnapped them and sold them on to ISIS.

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With Hovinar Khatcherian, am Armenian who has been made a refugee three times: once each from Raqqa, Aleppo and Kessab.

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This photo was taken on April 24, 2015, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. The child is Syriac, making her first Holy Communion.

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Maria Saadeh, an Opposition MP in the Syrian Parliament, briefs Pope Francis on the plight of the nation.

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These old Armenians were kidnapped and taken to Turkey during the Rape of Kessab.

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Churches the rebels torched: Kessab (left) and Maaloula (right)

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Teaching the Armenian children in Kesab some elementary karate moves.

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With the Syriacs of Homs during the 2014 Presidential election

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Monument to three Maaloulaha Christians who were summarily executed for not renouncing their faith.

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With the leaders of Syria’s Armenian community, commemorating the 100th aniversary of the Armenian and Syriac genocide.

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With Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, a native of Aleppo, at the Palestinian Embassy in Rome.

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With the children of Maaloula, protected by the Syrian Arab Army.

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Easter Sunday 2014 after the Syrian Arab Army liberate Maaloulah.

 

 

White Hats: Syria’s Heroic Women Patching up the Pieces

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The White Hats are a group of Muslim and Christian women  based in the Qalamon Hills, close to the religious pilgrim towns of Saidnaya and Malaoulah, both of which witnessed unspeakable war crimes by the invaders. Most of these women have had relatives murdered, either in the line of duty, defending their country and their communities, or simply killed out of hand by the rebels. You have to meet and see them to even begin to imagine what they and theirs have suffered.

Despite the crimes the rebels have committed against them, these women soldier on,  giving succour not only to each other but to their communities which the West has largely abandoned.  Though our leaders have abandoned them we should not. We are bound in conscience to stand with them and their communities.

Go Fund Me

As well as donating directly to me via Paypal or Gofundme, you can donate to this bank account in Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin Bank
Account Name: Declan Hayes
Account Branch: AIB Raheny
Account Type: Deposit
Account Number: 32358036
NSC: 932345
IBAN: IE28AIBK93234532358036
IBAN: AIBK93
Note: This is a basic, fully compliant account with no debit card, no credit card and no Internet banking facilities. Though royalties, donations and other deposits can be made directly to the account, withdrawals can only be made by me in person, thus guaranteeing a very easy and traceable paper trail.
Fr Dave Option
If you want to donate to Fr Dave Smith’s highly recommended Fighting Father Ministries, here are the details:

Bank account name: Fighting Fathers Ministries
BSB 032-067
A/C 226190
Marist Option
If the above does not suit you, you can alternatively give to the Marist Congregation, who are doing excellent work in government-held Aleppo. Their bank details are as follows: Congregations Des Freres Maristes BP 70540, Collège Mariste Champville Libano, INLELBBEXXX IBL BANK S.A.L (formerly Intercontinental Bank, Beirut), Account: LB60005200190023010190033012; It is important to put: cadeau pour frere george, so Aleppo gets the money.

All royalties from the sale of these books and all monies donated from them and from associated campaigns will go and will be seen to go in cash and in person to the women and children of government-controlled Syria. The first installments will be given around May 15/16 when we hold a children’s festival there to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and the 100th anniversary of the Sykes Picot accord. Recipients will include women and children’s groups in Saidnaya, Ma’loula, Kasab, Yarmouk and Bab Tuma, as well as some of the scores of orphanages now active in Damascus and internally displaced groups from towns such as Raqqa, Madaya, Fuah and Kafraya.
We are also trying to establish more direct ways of sending money directly into government-controlled Syria and will be working on that. Although Western Union are very active there, we are aware of its pitfalls. We will most likely send money from our bank account in Ireland to a hand full of trusted individuals only, where we micro-audit their spending. Please email me here for more information about practical ways you can help.
This project is a work in progress. Because we have to create a financial balance between putting smiles on kids’ faces and food into their bellies, we must divide the money between necessary entertainment and purchasing imported dry foods like rice and cooking oil, which most of them can no longer afford. We also have to bear in mind that the rebels will suicide bomb any celebrations they get wind of. That said, the show will go on and all monies expended will be accounted for.
We intend to be fully open and transparent in all this and to absorb all costs ourselves, so that we may better highlight the gangsterism and outright criminality the rebels’ Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been allowed to get away with. Saving Syria is a huge project and it is important matters are done properly from the beginning so that the Syrian people can win the war and win the peace as well.

Syria is a NATO-made disaster. Help us help them. Please keep up to date by following @taigstaigs and those I follow in twitter; also check out the other volumes and the websites.

Dr Declan Hayes
Dublin
twitter: @taigstaigs
To donate or for more information
Please click here or here
Until the next volume, goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you.

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