A few weeks ago, Syrian rebels shocked the world with an audacious strike.

With tens of thousands of civilians killed and detained and protesters mowed down by the army, the opposition staged an attack in an upscale neighborhood of the capital. A bomb killed several high-level officers and General Assef Shawkat, a feared intelligence chief.

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BITTERSWEET IRONY. Looking at the Wikipedia article of the Iraq invasion the other night, I mulled over how useless and meaningless and unnecessary the whole event. How I wasted two years of my life deployed, risked life and limb for a cause that was unjust.

Yet now in neighboring Syria, President Bashar Assad is murdering his people ad infinitum and they are asking for foreign intervention. Six months ago this picture was in a Foreign Press article. The Syrian people were even asking for military support from the United States.

A.N.D. today CNN reported that Obama is finally giving covert support for the Syrian rebellion. Though once you’re reading about it in CNN it’s absurd to call it covert any longer. When I worked in intelligence in Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq, we often simply turned on CNN to get our info as the station is often at the cutting edge of breaking developments in global conflicts and combat situations. Complain all you want about mainstream media, this is simply what I learned working with a high security clearance for a number of years.

When we spearheaded support for the Libyan rebels I wrote an article for the Huffington Post saying we should not interfere. That came from a place of fear. I feared we would be sucked into another Iraq. But things turned out positively and in the end we helped the rebels get rid of Qaddafi.

The main issue is that in Syria we are witnessing the birthing pains of yet another child of the Arab Spring. Much blood will flow before the Syrian people can breathe the fresh air of freedom.

And it might not be a drawn out, years long struggle. Months ago I said to myself the revolution would not have a legitimate chance of moving forward in an expeditious and effective manner until there was true tumult in the capital. Fighting has reached the capital Damascus and the main trade city of Aleppo in the last few weeks, and the aforementioned sabotage attack on those generals was an incredible step forward for the Syrian Revolution.

When the Syrian secret police questioned me upon my arrival to Syria in 2010,  they asked me a few specific questions.

They were mainly simply pissed off at me because I fought for the Americans in Iraq. They didn’t have any serious dirt to throw at me, but one of them asked me very specifically, he said:

“If Americans invaded, whose side would you be on?”

I paused for a moment, wanting only to give an honest answer and to calm their anger through my honesty.

“I would fight for Syria, I said, “because my grandmother lives just down the street.”

This was in the halcyon days of 2010, before the mass-murder of President Assad against the uprising.

As of today, I would gladly don the uniform of a United States Marine once again and march into the streets of Damascus to liberate the Syrian people from this evil dictator. But that part of my life is over. Anyways, I’m too old to re-enlist (I checked). Oh, and the pen is mightier and all that …

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Also, if any of you are interested, here’s a quick lowdown on the Mideast map, so you know what I’m talking about in the future.

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A.N.D. UPDATE

 

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.

FUCKED UP CLOSED OUT 285 KENT’S LAST SHOW (FULL SET)

285 Kent finished it’s run last Sunday night; check out full video of Fucked Up’s headlining set right here.

SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT MIAMI ART BASEL 2013: WILL SMITH CAN SUCK IT.

Superchief Gallery’s showing at Select Fair 2013 is even bigger, better and more batshit crazy than our 2012 showing was – check out photos here, and for homies in Miami, we’ll be at the Catalina Hotel all this week!

STACY KRANITZ’S SKATOPIA (50+ Photos From a Burnout’s Paradise)

Photographer Stacy Kranitz recently journeyed to Skatopia, a famed 88 acre skate park/commune in Ohio which was founded in 1995, documented in the 2010 film of the same name, and once described by writer Kevin Duffel as “a demented mess that meets halfway between an anarchistic Mad Maxian Thunderdome and a utopian skateboard society.” Goddamn if it isn’t one of the best things we’ve ever seen.