Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Hundreds Tortured in Syria, Human Rights Group Says

By: Kareem Fahim The Syrian government said Thursday that it had released more than 500 prisoners who were not involved in “terrorist” acts. A human rights group said, meanwhile, that it had compiled evidence that thousands of other detainees were … Continue reading

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Video: Protesters bring their pots to the street as part of “Noise Campaign” – Homs

Protestors in Bab Aldreb neighborhood of Homs get loud as they bang on pots and chant “We will not bow down!” as part in the “noise campaign” which kicked off Thursday in Syria. Residents from neighbourhoods in different cities of … Continue reading

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Video: Syria unrest: Arab League observers’ breakaway visit

The head of the main Syrian opposition group, the Free Syrian Army, has said the Arab League’s mission in the country must prove itself or leave the country. On Thursday three Arab League observers made an unscheduled trip to a … Continue reading

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Video: Young Men Build Wall to Protect Children from Sniper – Homs

This young man explains that the brick walls, which extend 4 meters high, were put up to protect young children in the neighborhood from Assad tanks and snipers. He points at a nearby building where Assad snipers are stationed, and … Continue reading

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America and the Solitude of the Syrians

By: Fouad Ajami Nearly a year into Syria’s agony, the Arab League last week dispatched a small group of monitors headed by a man of the Sudanese security services with a brutal record in the killing fields of Darfur. Gen. … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian defector says government has lost control of ‘human monsters’

Mahmoud al-Haj Hamad was a financial inspector in the Ministry of Defense in Damascus until his recent defection to Egypt. In an interview with CNN this week, he provided a firsthand account of the wheels of repression at work, as … Continue reading

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Arab League urged to push for UN safe areas for Syria rebels

By: Christine Marlow The Arab League must acknowledge the failure of its observer mission to Syria and press instead for a United Nations Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone to create safe areas for the rebels, the main Syrian … Continue reading

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Video: Security Forces Attack, Monitors Arrive & Snipers Hide

A recently released video shows Bashar al-Assad’s security forces shooting at protesters from rooftops of buildings in Irbeen, a suburb of Damascus. As soon as the Arab League monitors arrive, the snipers disappear from the rooftops and stop shooting.

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Arab League monitors remaining in Syria to ensure end to violence

By: Mariam Karouny BEIRUT – Arab League peace monitors will stay in Syria to check on the government’s compliance with a promise to end 10 months of violence against pro-democracy protesters, Arab government sources said on Thursday, despite criticism from … Continue reading

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Syria Presses on With Crackdown as Qatar Suggests UN Help

By: Dahlia Kholaif Syria pressed on with a crackdown on dissent after Qatar’s premier suggested that United Nations assistance is needed to improve the Arab League’s monitoring of government compliance with a plan to end the violence. “This is the … Continue reading

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