Daily Archives: December 15, 2011

Canadians in Syria urged to get out

By: Lee Berthiaume The estimated 5,000 Canadians still inside Syria are being urged to get out now as violence within the country continues to escalate and Arab League sanctions limit the number of commercial flights available. Visas for the spouses … Continue reading

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Turkey’s exports to Syria may be affected bit: deputy PM

Ali Babacan said that the target of Turkey’s sanctions was the Syrian regime, not the daily life of Syrian people. Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey’s exports to Syria might be affected a bit by sanctions on … Continue reading

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Bashar Assad in the balance

By David Schenker Syria’s leader is fast losing allies, who seem to know the regime’s end is near. Barbara Walters’ interview with Bashar Assad last week evoked a glib and confident Syrian president. But eight months into the popular uprising, … Continue reading

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Video: Syria – “Shoot to Kill” Orders

Researcher Anna Neistat and an army defector talk about the Syrian military’s attacks on civilians, which HRW believes constitute crimes against humanity.

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Video: Daraa, syria – Defected Assad soldiers destroy tank.

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Syrian activist urges diplomatic boycott, pressure on Russia

WARSAW: A leading Syrian human rights activist on Thursday urged the international community to cut diplomatic ties with Damascus and up pressure on Russia to stop blocking UN action against the regime there. “So far 5,000 people have been killed … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Syrian troops ordered to use lethal force

REPORTING FROM BEIRUT –- Syrian military commanders and officials in the country’s intelligence agencies gave orders to use lethal force against unarmed protesters and to beat and torture detainees in the crackdown against a 9-month-old uprising, according to a new … Continue reading

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Syria is not what Assad says it is

By: Mounir Abdulnasser Contrary to President Bashar Assad’s insistence to The Wall Street Journal that Syria “[has] more difficult circumstances than most of the Arab countries but in spite of that Syria is stable” and his comment that the regime … Continue reading

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Syria’s information revolution brings news out of the dark

By Brooke Anderson Fadi Aho describes his childhood in northeast Syria in the 1980s as “living in a fortress within a fortress.” In Qamishle, near the borders of Turkey and Iraq, he was separated not only by the 650 kilometers … Continue reading

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‘Leave now’: Canada becomes first Western nation to order evacuation of nationals from Syria

OTTAWA — Canada became the first Western nation to order an evacuation of its nationals from Syria Thursday, urging some 5,000 people to leave the violence-wracked Middle East nation. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird urged Canadians in Syria to leave … Continue reading

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