Daily Archives: January 23, 2012

How to help Syria without intervening militarily

By: Robert M. Danin The Arab League’s decision on Sunday to renew its monitors’ mandate consigns Syria to further bloodshed and the pan-Arab body back to its longstanding position of irrelevance.  Arab League representatives argue that they’ve ratcheted up the pressure by … Continue reading

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Syrian unrest puts long-spared Damascus on edge

The Syrian regime turns Damascus into a military zone, establishing checkpoints in all its suburb. Security has tightened in Damascus, the city that until now had been spared the worst of the daily bloodshed that has marked the pro-democracy revolt … Continue reading

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Syria looks more like Libya every day

By: Rami G Khouri Libya saw a phased process of opposition organisation before international intervention. Syria seems to be following its lead The continuing deterioration of the political situation inside Syria last week led the emir of Qatar to suggest … Continue reading

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Turkey “Reading To Do Everything For Syrian People”

Turkey’s foreign minister told France24 in an interview this weekend that his country was prepared “to do everything for [the] Syrian people.” Ahmet Davutoğlu said the demands of the Syrian opposition “are right demands” but insisted that international action against … Continue reading

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Lebanese fishermen claim they were tortured by Syrian forces

The Lebanese fishermen caught near the Syrian coast were released Saturday night after extensive negotiations between Damascus and Beirut, yet signs of torture were evident on their bodies. “I really wished I had died,” Fadi, one of the released fishermen, … Continue reading

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Syrians feel sanctions as food prices double and power outages increase

By: Mohamad Zaid Mastou Syrians are beginning to feel the brunt of economic sanctions as food prices have almost doubled in recent weeks with the Syrian pound having plummeted to its lowest records against the dollar, prompting the government to … Continue reading

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Video: Large funeral procession in Douma, Damascus countryside

Funeral for 12 martyrs, three of whom died under torture.

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Lebanon criticizes Arab League move on Syria

Lebanon criticized on Monday the Arab League’s call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down, saying Arab ministers had taken an “unbalanced” approach to the crisis in Syria. Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, who refused to endorse the League plan at … Continue reading

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EU expands sanctions against Syria

EU foreign ministers tightened sanctions against Syria on Monday, adding 22 people and eight entities to a list of banned people and groups, and said President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdown against protesters was unacceptable. The individuals concerned were responsible for … Continue reading

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Canada backs Arab League plan on Assad departure

OTTAWA — Canada supports the Arab League plan for an immediate departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and urges the UN Security Council to make progress on the Syrian crisis, its top diplomat said Monday. “We welcome the Arab League’s … Continue reading

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