Daily Archives: February 26, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Major assault on Syrian city of Homs – at least 7,000 flee

An unprecedented attack by Syrian government forces, with heavy shelling across six districts of Homs, began around 19.30 local time (17.30GMT) today. Avaaz citizen journalists reported at least 2,000 refugees attempting to flee are trapped in the city’s suburbs, with … Continue reading

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Syria says referendum results coming Monday; vote punctuated by new violence

Syria says results will be available Monday from its referendum on changes to the country’s constitution, a vote taken as government troops continued pounding the opposition stronghold of Homs and other cities. Opposition activists reported at least 55 deaths across … Continue reading

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Arm the Syrian rebels!

For the second time I am writing about the need to arm the Syrian rebels. I wrote about this first on Feb. 16, and I am repeating it now, because the conditions on the ground in Syria are becoming increasingly … Continue reading

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11 wounded Syrians cross into Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Eleven wounded Syrians crossed into Lebanon Sunday evening through the country’s northern and northeastern borders with Syria, the state-run National News Agency reported. Lebanese Red Cross ambulances transported three wounded Syrians to hospitals in the northern district … Continue reading

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Syrian refugees in Tripoli pledge unity with under-siege Homs

By: Stephen Dockery TRIPOLI – Around 200 Syrian refugees gathered in central Tripoli Sunday to demonstrate against their government’s violent crackdown on civilian protesters and rally support from the displaced community inside Lebanon. Demonstrators locked arms, chanting against President Bashar … Continue reading

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Hamas risks Damascus base to support Syrian opposition

By: Phoebe Greenwood Hamas has given up its safe haven in Damascus, enjoyed by its exiled leadership for more than a decade, to throw its weight behind the Syrian opposition. Ismail Haniya, the group’s leader in Gaza, announced to a … Continue reading

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Rights council seeks to pressurise regime

The UN Human Rights Council’s annual session opens today determined to put more pressure on Syria’s regime after publication of a list of officials suspected of crimes against humanity. “We want Syrian authorities to give up being in denial,” said … Continue reading

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Turkey: All options against Syria on the table

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, commenting on the international conference on Syria held in Tunis last week, has said the international community debated all possible courses of action for ending the ongoing violence in the neighboring country, including the possibility … Continue reading

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An echo of 1930s Spain in Syria today

By: Sol Sanders Some old dead white man once said: “All historical analogies are odious.” He meant they stink because the time, place and dramatis personae of any historical event are so particularistic. Drawing similarities with another event defies logic. … Continue reading

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Russia’s Putin warns West not to meddle

By: Steve Gutterman Vladimir Putin said Russia is concerned about the “growing threat” of an attack on Iran over its nuclear program and warned that the consequences would be “truly catastrophic.” In an article on foreign policy written before a March 4 … Continue reading

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