Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Switching sides: Now, India to back Arab League’s stand on Syria

With India having switched its stance on Syria to being more critical of the Bashar al-Assad regime, New Delhi is ready to lend considerable diplomatic clout to support the Arab League, which is driving the international community’s response to the … Continue reading

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UN rights body condemns Syria, urges aid access

The UN’s top human rights body voted Thursday to condemn Syria for its “widespread and systematic violations” against civilians in a violent crackdown on opposition groups, as more western governments closed their embassies in Damascus over worsening security. Members of … Continue reading

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Video: Journalist escapes from Syria

Javier Espinosa survived the shelling that killed Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik. He describes the attacks he survived. Source: CNN

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SAVE SYRIA BY PAYING ASSAD’S FORCES TO FLEE

THE agony of Syria goes on as does the sequence of dreary conferences in which no one can agree except to issue more meaningless platitudes. But surely a glance at recent history might help. Think back to the fall of … Continue reading

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Syria: From valued ally to ‘vicious enemy’

Is the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, in the opinion of US officials, a valued ally or a murderous, tyrannical regime? It all depends on which day you ask. These days US officials call the Assad regime just about every … Continue reading

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‘Let United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos into Syria’

Syria is facing concerted international calls to allow United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos access to the country as rebels retreated from a key stronghold. Russia and China backed a UN statement criticising the regime’s refusal to allow her to … Continue reading

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Syria rebels quit Homs

Defeated Syrian rebels left their shattered stronghold in the city of Homs yesterday after a bloody 26-day army siege aimed at crushing a symbol of the year-long revolt against President Bashar Al Assad. Activists said a few fighters had stayed … Continue reading

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Arms for Syria rebels call

Kuwait’s parliament yesterday called for arms to be sent to Syrian rebels, adding to pressure in some Arab states for action to help topple President Bashar Al Assad. MPs voted overwhelmingly to recommend the government help arm the Free Syrian … Continue reading

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UN Security Council demands Syria access

The United Nations Security Council has called for “immediate and unhindered access” to be granted to UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos by the Syrian government. Thursday’s statement, the first by the UNSC in seven months, was read out by Mark … Continue reading

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Ex-prisoner recalls four grim years in Syria jail

By: Marc Bastian QUSAYR, Syria — Speaking in a monotone, Abu Mahmud recalls the four years he spent in Syrian jails, describing torture and appalling living conditions worthy of George Orwell’s dystopian vision in his novel “1984.” Freed three months … Continue reading

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