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In north america to promote my first book

Dear friends and followers, please take a second to follow the new facebook page for “Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees.”  I’m currently planning a North American speaking tour to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. If anyone has venue suggestions or relevant contacts please send them my way. Thank you in advance! 
- Diego

Dear friends and followers, please take a second to follow the new facebook page for “Seven Syrians: War Accounts From Syrian Refugees.”

I’m currently planning a North American speaking tour to bring attention to the Syrian refugee crisis. If anyone has venue suggestions or relevant contacts please send them my way. Thank you in advance!

- Diego

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated 
“The biggest concern presented by drones is they will become a tool for routine mass surveillance,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fleets of small, inexpensive self-launching drones could easily spread over a town, network together and provide comprehensive, 24-7 dragnet surveillance or a single high-flying drone could accomplish the same thing. This technology already exists. It’s called Wide Area Surveillance and it’s being used overseas by the US military.”

Lasted feature article published today on UpsideDownWorld.org.

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated

“The biggest concern presented by drones is they will become a tool for routine mass surveillance,” said Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Fleets of small, inexpensive self-launching drones could easily spread over a town, network together and provide comprehensive, 24-7 dragnet surveillance or a single high-flying drone could accomplish the same thing. This technology already exists. It’s called Wide Area Surveillance and it’s being used overseas by the US military.”

Lasted feature article published today on UpsideDownWorld.org.

Victims of the Takism Square Violence
Taksim Gezi Park - Istanbul, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Victims of the Takism Square Violence

Taksim Gezi Park - Istanbul, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Free Syria Today
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Free Syria Today

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Syrian landscape, Turkish playscape
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Syrian landscape, Turkish playscape

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Interview with Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army
Reyhanlı, Turkey – A clean-shaven man in a fresh-pressed shirt and spotless dress shoes is waiting outside a hospital for Syrian refugees as I walk out the door. We start talking about the civil war across the border, less than 1 km from were we stood, and he tells me:
"The presence of Islamists groups in our rebel forces could ruin our chance to end this war within the next year. They make up less than one percent of the men fighting against Bashar al-Assad, but all that seems to matter to foreign media is the fact they exist and they are beside us."

The man introduces himself as Ahmad al-Soud, Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army and Commander of the 13th Division based in Idlib. He was originally an officer in Assad’s army, but switched sides when regime forces bombed Idlib, his hometown, and he witnessed a high number of civilian casualties. I asked him to sit down for an interview and he agreed.
See the full interview on Truthout:
http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/17404-interview-with-lieutenant-of-the-free-syrian-army

Interview with Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army

Reyhanlı, Turkey – A clean-shaven man in a fresh-pressed shirt and spotless dress shoes is waiting outside a hospital for Syrian refugees as I walk out the door. We start talking about the civil war across the border, less than 1 km from were we stood, and he tells me:

"The presence of Islamists groups in our rebel forces could ruin our chance to end this war within the next year. They make up less than one percent of the men fighting against Bashar al-Assad, but all that seems to matter to foreign media is the fact they exist and they are beside us."

The man introduces himself as Ahmad al-Soud, Lieutenant of the Free Syrian Army and Commander of the 13th Division based in Idlib. He was originally an officer in Assad’s army, but switched sides when regime forces bombed Idlib, his hometown, and he witnessed a high number of civilian casualties. I asked him to sit down for an interview and he agreed.

See the full interview on Truthout:

http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/17404-interview-with-lieutenant-of-the-free-syrian-army

School Days
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

School Days

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Abu Abdul’s Family
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Abu Abdul’s Family

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Refugee World Center
1.6 million Syrian refugees and counting.
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Refugee World Center

1.6 million Syrian refugees and counting.

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

News Hour in Reyhanlı
The G8 summit came on as we watched the news with Syrian refugees in Reyhanlı. One of them laughed and said, “Look at all those world leaders talking about everything they won’t do in Syria. Thank you very much.”Then images of the protesters in Turkey and Brazil flashed on the screen. Alice and I said the police had been excessively violent. The same Syrian refugee responded: 
"Yeah, okay, we wish our government was throwing tear gas at us. They’re shooting our people in Syria. Tear gas would be nice. Tear gas would be like having a party."
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

News Hour in Reyhanlı

The G8 summit came on as we watched the news with Syrian refugees in Reyhanlı. One of them laughed and said, “Look at all those world leaders talking about everything they won’t do in Syria. Thank you very much.”

Then images of the protesters in Turkey and Brazil flashed on the screen. Alice and I said the police had been excessively violent. The same Syrian refugee responded:

"Yeah, okay, we wish our government was throwing tear gas at us. They’re shooting our people in Syria. Tear gas would be nice. Tear gas would be like having a party."

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

New Arrivals from Idlib
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

New Arrivals from Idlib

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

The kids are alright
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

The kids are alright

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Reyhanlı with a camera
Notice the white reverse lights. Our second day in Reyhanlı, a Turkish village on the Syrian border, Alice and I went out for food. I took out my camera just as a station wagon passed on the road. Immediately, the driver hit the brakes and backed up. He jumped out of the car, yelled something in Turkish and showed his ID. It read “POLIS” in thick red letters.He repeated, “No foto. No foto” while pointing at the mountains, the peaks forming the Syrian-Turkish border. With his hands, he mimed binoculars over his face. “No foto. No foto.” Pointing at the mountains. Alice and I explained we were teachers at a Syrian refugee school. Once he understood our broken Turkish, he nodded, got in his car and drove off. What binoculars?Later, coming back from the food market, three men passed us on motorcycle. One of them was holding a long black sniper rifle with a scope. The three waved their hands, smiled, and disappeared around the corner.Those binoculars.

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

Reyhanlı with a camera

Notice the white reverse lights.

Our second day in Reyhanlı, a Turkish village on the Syrian border, Alice and I went out for food. I took out my camera just as a station wagon passed on the road. Immediately, the driver hit the brakes and backed up. He jumped out of the car, yelled something in Turkish and showed his ID. It read “POLIS” in thick red letters.

He repeated, “No foto. No foto” while pointing at the mountains, the peaks forming the Syrian-Turkish border. With his hands, he mimed binoculars over his face. “No foto. No foto.” Pointing at the mountains.

Alice and I explained we were teachers at a Syrian refugee school. Once he understood our broken Turkish, he nodded, got in his car and drove off.

What binoculars?

Later, coming back from the food market, three men passed us on motorcycle. One of them was holding a long black sniper rifle with a scope. The three waved their hands, smiled, and disappeared around the corner.

Those binoculars.

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

With Syria behind mountains
Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

With Syria behind mountains

Reyhanlı, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013

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Ankara Nights
Another peaceful night passed in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, as several thousand protesters gathered near Kuğulu Park in the city center. Riot police were absent as crowds chanted anti-government slogans and drank beer. 
Authorities in Istanbul have said they will not confront the protesters there until Monday. 
Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013
 

Ankara Nights

Another peaceful night passed in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, as several thousand protesters gathered near Kuğulu Park in the city center. Riot police were absent as crowds chanted anti-government slogans and drank beer. 

Authorities in Istanbul have said they will not confront the protesters there until Monday.

Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2013