Monthly Archives: November 2011

Why Turkey is cautious over Syria

By: Jonathan Head Turkey is now one of the harshest critics of President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria. This is in striking contrast to the warm personal relations established between Mr Assad and Turkey’s leaders up until this year. The … Continue reading

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Syria blocked monitors, Arab League chief says ahead of EU meeting

The head of the Arab League will attend a meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the ongoing situation in Syria. France says Nabil Elaraby will join EU foreign ministers for talks. Meanwhile, in an interview with Euronews, Elaraby said … Continue reading

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Washington: Economic Pressure and Growing Opposition will Bring Collapse of Assad

By: Joyce Karam The Arab League sanctions on the Syrian government have shifted the momentum in the protestor’s favor and should, according to a senior US official, hasten the collapse of the Assad regime. Trends of militarization in the uprising … Continue reading

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Bloody, Bloodier Paths for Syria

By: Nour Malas Among the scenarios are a Sunni-driven military overthrow of Mr. Assad’s Alawite sect, an Alawite coup or a long sectarian conflict that could grip not only Syria but also the region. “At this point, we’re just looking … Continue reading

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Turkey Intensifies Sanctions Against Syrian Regime

ISTANBUL — Turkey took steps Wednesday to freeze the Syrian government’s financial assets, impose a travel ban on senior Syrian regime officials and cut off transactions with the country’s central bank, sharply escalating international pressure on Damascus in response to … Continue reading

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Syria trade ties pushed Iraq to oppose sanctions

Iraq’s close trade ties with Syria, from which it imports significant amounts of foodstuffs, pushed the Iraqi government to abstain from an Arab League vote imposing sanctions on Syria, officials say. The vote on Sunday came after Syrian President Bashar … Continue reading

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Syrian civil war drags in Mideast, global powers

(Reuters) – As Syria’s uprising escalates into outright civil war and begins to drag in other states, it risks fuelling not only wider regional confrontation but also growing antagonism between the world’s great powers. After months of largely peaceful demonstrations … Continue reading

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Seven soldiers, six civilians dead in Syria

By Douglas Hamilton – Seven Syrian soldiers were killed by army renegades and six civilians were shot dead on Wednesday as regional pressure tightened on President Bashar al-Assad with Turkey imposing tough economic sanctions on Damascus. The conflict, which began … Continue reading

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The Big Think Behind the Arab Spring

By: Marc Lynch “Why does every nation on Earth move to change their conditions except for us? Why do we always submit to the batons of the rulers and their repression? How long will Arabs wait for foreign saviors?” That … Continue reading

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Last exit for Syria: Alawite coup

By Abdullah Buzkurt Now that it has become crystal clear that Bashar al-Assad has missed all the warning signs of the nine-month-long demonstrations in the Arab country, losing all credibility and legitimacy to lead change in Syria, we have one … Continue reading

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