Daily Archives: December 5, 2011

Inside Syria: A rare look into the uprising

By: Clarissa Ward (CBS News) DAMASCUS, Syria – For more than 40 years, the Assad dictatorship has controlled virtually every aspect of life inside Syria, and who on the outside gets to see it. But now, a revolution is under … Continue reading

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Syria’s Homs Pays Heavy Price in Uprising

By: Michael Lipin Syria’s third-largest city of Homs has paid a heavy price as one of the centers of the country’s eight-month old opposition uprising. Rights activists say Syrian security forces have killed more than 1,100 civilians in the city … Continue reading

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Violence Flares as Damascus ‘Positive’ Towards Observers

By: Edward Yeranian Syria said Monday it has responded “positively” to an Arab League demand to let league observers into the country. Meanwhile, activists in the central city of Homs say militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad kidnapped and killed … Continue reading

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Syria Opposition Leader Interview Transcript: Burhan Ghalioun

Burhan Ghalioun, the leader of the Syrian National Council, Syria’s main opposition group, spoke with The Wall Street Journal Wednesday at his home in south Paris. It was his first major interview as SNC president. Below, an edited transcript. (Additional … Continue reading

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Video: Analyst on Syrian sanctions against Turkey

Syria is taking economic action against Turkey after Ankara froze the assets of Bashar al-Assad’s government and suspended all financial deals with the country last week. Damascus says it will end a free trade agreement which allows tax free Turkish imports into Syria and introduce … Continue reading

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Arab League Rebuffs Syria as Clinton Plans Talks with Opposition

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) — The Arab League said it won’t lift sanctions imposed on Syria, after President Bashar al-Assad’s government demanded the removal of the league’s punitive measures as a condition for admitting observers. Separately, the U.S. plans a show … Continue reading

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Syria says a deal is close on Arab League monitors

REPORTING FROM BEIRUT — With the threat of more sanctions looming, Syria said Monday that it is ready to sign a deal soon with the Arab League allowing foreign observers into the country to monitor a plan aimed at ending … Continue reading

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Video: CNN’s Hala Gorani discusses Razan Ghazzawi’s plight

The plight of Razan Ghazzawi is discussed on CNN by journalist Hala Gorani and Jillian York. Razan Ghazzawi is a Syrian blogger who speaks out against the brutal Assad regime. She was taken into custody on Monday by Syrian authorities … Continue reading

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Syrian secret police defect, Arab deadline passes

By: Khaled Yacoub Oweis A gunfight broke out overnight on Saturday after the defectors fled the Airforce Intelligence complex in the centre of Idlib city, 280 km (175 miles) northwest of Damascus. Ten people on both sides were killed or … Continue reading

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Sanctions-hit Syria eyes Lebanon, Iraq corridors

By: Rita Daou BEIRUT — As Syria staggers under unprecedented Arab and global sanctions, Lebanon and Iraq are poised to provide economic corridors for their crisis-hit neighbour without explicitly breaching the restrictions, experts say. “Lebanon and Iraq could turn into … Continue reading

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