Daily Archives: February 7, 2012

Gulf nations pull ambassadors from Syria

An alliance of Arab countries and several European nations announced Tuesday they are calling their ambassadors home from Damascus, big steps in a broad international effort aimed at sending a blunt message to Syria. Three days after Russia and China … Continue reading

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Germany Summons Syrian Ambassador After Spying Arrests in Berlin

By: Patrick Donahue The German government called in Syria’s ambassador after security officials in Berlin arrested two men suspected of spying for Syrian intelligence on groups critical of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. “We will signal unambiguously to Syrian officials that any … Continue reading

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Cagaptay: Five ways al-Assad may fall

By: Soner Cagaptay The uprising in Syria has taken a crucial turn. The opposition has become powerful enough to liberate parts of the country from Bashar al-Assad’s rule, even reaching the suburbs of Damascus. The question now is not if … Continue reading

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The Invisible Arab: Excerpt from the preface

Read an excerpt from the preface of Marwan Bishara’s latest book, The Invisible Arab. Christopher Dickey from Newsweek and The Daily Beast said, “Marwan Bishara’s The Invisible Arab is the single most perceptive and accessible book I’ve read about the roots of revolt in the Middle … Continue reading

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Video: Helicopter in the skies of Damascus

Helicopter caught hovering in the skies of Damascus, in the Al Hajar al Aswad area. Friend of the cameraman says helicopters have been flying in that area for three consecutive days.

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Syria crisis: Russia ‘wants Arab League role’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a solution to the crisis in Syria based on the plan put forward by the Arab League. Visiting Syria, Mr Lavrov said Damascus was ready for a larger Arab League mission to … Continue reading

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France, Italy recall ambassadors to Syria

France has decided to withdraw its ambassador from Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, amid an ongoing bloody crackdown on a revolt against Bashar al-Assad’s rule. “Faced with the worsening repression being carried out by the Damascus regime … Continue reading

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Syria crisis: German police arrest two suspected spies

A Syrian and a German-Lebanese man have been arrested in Berlin on suspicion of spying on opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The pair, identified as 34-year-old Syrian Akram O. and dual national Mahmoud El A., 47, are to … Continue reading

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China Weighs Sending Envoys to Syria

By: Brian Spegele China said it is considering dispatching envoys to Syria to press for an end to violence there, as Beijing faces international criticism for blocking a United Nations Security Council resolution that targeted the Syrian government. Foreign Ministry … Continue reading

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Turkey plans new international initiative on Syria after U.N. ‘fiasco’

Ankara – Turkey is preparing a new initiative with those countries who oppose the Syrian government, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, describing China’s and Russia’s veto of a U.N. resolution on Syria a “fiasco”. “We are going to … Continue reading

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