Daily Archives: February 1, 2012

Syrian Defector: More Guns, Less Gandhi

By: Dan Bilefsky With his slight figure and pensive disposition, Ammar Cheikh Omar seems more like a contemplative German philosophy student than a would-be Syrian Rambo. But the 29-year-old defector from the Syrian Army insists it is time for the … Continue reading

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Clinton and Russia Spar Over U.N. Resolution on Syria

By: Jay Newton-Small You know things are bad when Russia won’t return Hillary Clinton’s calls. For more than two days now, Clinton has been waiting for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to call her back to discuss a pending United … Continue reading

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Russia’s Bad Bet on Syria

Thirty years ago, President Hafez al-Assad of Syria had his army crush a Sunni revolt in Hama. When it was over, as many as 20,000 Syrians were killed and neighborhoods were bulldozed. On Wednesday, social media sites and services were … Continue reading

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Diplomats say progress made in UN talks on Syria

The British envoy Mark Lyall Grant said a vote could be held in the next few days but added “we are not there yet”. Western nations have been pushing for the Security Council to endorse an Arab League peace plan. … Continue reading

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U.N. may be last chance for peace in Syria

By: Ammar Abdulhamid and Ken Ballen The U.N Security Council is considering the most important resolution yet on the brutal rule of terror that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has unleashed on his people. The resolution, proposed by Morocco and supporting … Continue reading

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Bashar al-Assad: President defined by violence

By: Peter Wilkinson Before the Arab Spring came the Damascus Spring. When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father Hafez Assad in 2000, there was the promise of a modern and more democratic Syria. In his inauguration speech, al-Assad indicated he would … Continue reading

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Video: FreedomForSyria

A youth from Montreal, Canada, Jack Hayden, sends a message to the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He says, “I am very disturbed, as every citizen of our planet should be, that you beat, jail, torture, shoot, and kill people, especially … Continue reading

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UN members face historic choice on Syria: Clinton

WASHINGTON — UN Security Council member countries must decide whether to side with the Syrian people or a “brutal dictatorial regime,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday. “Every member of the council has to make a decision: Whose … Continue reading

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Syrian Refugees Struggle in Squalid Conditions on Lebanese Border

By: Henry Ridgwell A report from the United Nations says there has been a spike in the number of Syrian refugees registering in Lebanon. In the frontier town of Wadi Khaled, hundreds of refugees are sleeping in abandoned buildings close … Continue reading

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Hezbollah’s muted response to Syria uprising divides Arabs

By: Mona Alami BAALBECK, Lebanon – The dark shadows of Mount Lebanon run along the asphalt road as the car heads to the ancient city of Baalbeck, where the exquisitely carved ruins of Roman temples still stand. The car slows … Continue reading

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