Daily Archives: February 21, 2012

Video: Destruction of Homes in the city of Baba Amr

Live footage of the destruction of homes in the city of Baba Amr, Syria on Feb 21, 2012. The video displays how houses are being bombed by shell bombs in the city of Baba Arm, Homs, Syria.

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Image: The difference between Dubai and Homs.

(Bottom right corner, Dubai in 1991; top right corner, Dubai now; bottom left corner, Homs in 1930; top left corner, Homs now)

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UN is selecting special envoy to lead Arab monitors in Syria unrest

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to meet Wednesday in London with Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi to discuss the selection of a special envoy to lead an Arab team to monitor violence in Syria, a UN spokesman … Continue reading

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China won’t commit to Friends of Syria meeting

BEJING – China on Tuesday refused to commit to attend an international conference in Tunis this week after Russia said it would boycott the meeting aimed at seeking political change in Syria. The Friends of Syria group will meet for … Continue reading

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Syria-Russia trade up 58% in 2011

Two-way trade between Syria and Russia jumped 58 per cent last year, climbing to US$1.97 billion (S$2.47 billion), with the balance heavily in favor of Moscow, the Russian embassy said on Tuesday. ‘The total trade rose from US$1.15 billion in … Continue reading

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Syria stalemate: Is Russia pushing Mideast into cold-war style conflict?

Russia’s decision not to attend a “friends of Syria” meeting in Tunisia later this week deepens the international community’s divide over Syria and raises prospects of a cold-war-style proxy war in the Middle East. An extended and deteriorating conflict in … Continue reading

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Lebanon won’t attend ‘Friends of Syria’

By: Hussein Dakroub BEIRUT – In compliance with its disassociation policy, Lebanon will not attend the “Friends of Syria” conference due to be held in Tunisia this week, Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said Tuesday. Mansour made the announcement after meeting … Continue reading

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On Syria and beyond, no one gains from China’s mistakes

Forty years ago, in February 1972, U.S. President Richard M. Nixon journeyed to China. On the seventh day of “the week that changed the world,” as Nixon called it, he and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai signed the “Shanghai Communiqué,” which … Continue reading

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Syria Forces ‘Kill 58 Civilians,’ Red Cross Calls Truce

Syrian forces killed 58 civilians Tuesday as they blitzed the city of Homs and a village in Idlib province, monitors said, as the Red Cross sought a truce to deliver aid and the UN demanded access for humanitarian workers. The … Continue reading

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Jordan rejects foreign interference in Syria

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Tuesday said the presence of the Arab kingdom’s ambassador in Syria does not mean that Jordan accepts developments on the ground in Syria, the state-run Petra news agency reported. Jordan is against violence and … Continue reading

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