Daily Archives: January 15, 2012

Prominent Syrian parliament member joins opposition against Assad

Imad Ghalyoun, a member of the Syrian Peoples Assembly who is closer to the ruling Ba’ath party, told Al Arabiya TV on Sunday he was joining the Syrian opposition against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Ghalyoun, who chairs the … Continue reading

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Arab League to Review Observers’ Final Syria Report Next Sunday

The emir of Qatar’s suggestion that an Arab military force be sent to stop the killing in Syria has been met with defiance and skepticism in Damascus, even as an Arab League mission meant to help end to violence appears … Continue reading

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Tunisia won’t rule out troops in Syria

Tunisia has cautiously added its voice to calls from Qatar for direct intervention to stop the bloody crackdowns on protesters in Syria. The foreign minister of Tunisia said in an interview to APTN on Sunday that he would not rule … Continue reading

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Video: Empty streets and tension in Hama, Syria

Silence greeted CNN’s Nic Robertson as he visited the tense city of Hama, Syria.

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Syria toll rises to 25; monitors cheered in besieged town

By: Nic Robertson Zabadani, Syria — Crowds in a Syrian town surrounded by government troops cheered Arab League monitors who visited Sunday as others fled the town on foot to escape the fighting inside. Residents of Zabadani, about 50 km … Continue reading

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Growing Arab calls for Military Intervention as Assad Announces Amnesty

By: Richard Spencer President Bashar al-Assad announced a general amnesty for crimes committed since the start of the uprising against his rule last March, saying offenders had until the end of January to turn themselves in. But two previous amnesty … Continue reading

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Fear of Civil War Mounts in Syria as Crisis Deepens

By: Anthony Shadid BEIRUT, Lebanon — The failure of an Arab League mission to stanch violence in Syria, an international community with little leverage and a government as defiant as its opposition is in disarray have left Syria descending into … Continue reading

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Hard times for Syrians with no relief in sight

In the relatively affluent Arnous neighbourhood of Damascus, power cuts now extend to three hours each afternoon, disturbing the daily routine of Abdallah Zaitoun, a contractor whose business was thriving until a popular uprising hit Syria 10 months ago. “I … Continue reading

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Video: Fareed Zakaria interviews Nic Robertson on Syria

Will repression work for Assad in Syria? What does life feel like in Damascus? Can the military maintain power? How can it fund its activities? Is civil war on the horizon? Nic Robertson got into Syria and talks to Fareed … Continue reading

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Syria’s Assad in final stages of Dictator Disease

By: John Lyons IF dictatorship were a disease, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad could be diagnosed as entering the final stages of an illness which in recent times has proved fatal. The first stage of the disease is to deny there is … Continue reading

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