Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

Exposing Assad One Tweet at a Time

By: Nora Basha The instrumental role that social media has played in the Arab Spring has been kept no secret. From Egypt, which was nicknamed the “Facebook revolution” to Syria which has been coined the “YouTube Revolution”, social media’s ability … Continue reading

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Iraq resists U.S. prod, lets Iran fly arms to Syria

By: Kristina Wong The Iraqi government has refused U.S. requests to stop Iranian cargo flights to Syria, despite being aware of credible intelligence that the planes are transporting up to 30 tons of weapons, according to a U.S. official. The … Continue reading

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Syria: Two Turkish journalists and Syrian assistants kidnapped

Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the fate of two Turkish journalists, Adem Özköse, a reporter for the magazine Gerçek Hayat and the daily Milat, and cameraman Hamit Coşkun, who went missing near the northwestern city of Idlib five … Continue reading

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LMFAO, Chris Brown, and Other Crappy Music Syria’s Brutal Dictator Bought Last Year: A Spotify Playlist

The Guardian got its hands on a cache of violent Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad’s emails from last year, and the upshot, so far, is that the guy bought a bunch of songs on iTunes. We made a Spotify playlist of … Continue reading

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At least 55 dead in Syria violence as refugees flock out of country

Violence raged in Syria Thursday, with at least 55 deaths reported, while thousands fled for safety to nearby Turkey as the pro-democracy revolt against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad entered its second year, dpa reported. The surge in … Continue reading

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All six Arab Gulf states to close embassies in Syria

All six Arab Gulf states will close their embassies in Syria in protest at the year-long crackdown in the country, said Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) head Abdullatif al-Zayani early Friday. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait … Continue reading

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Syria: ‘The children can escape the country, but they can’t escape the conflict and fear’

By: Liane Wimhurst Refugees, many heart-breakingly young, are flooding into Lebanon. Mona flinches each time she hears a bang in the chaotic refuge in the Lebanese mountains that has been her home for a week. The five-year-old wears several layers … Continue reading

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Syria: How Coventry shopkeeper is world’s source for news from war-torn Syria

RAMI Abdulrahman, a Syrian shopkeeper in Coventry, has become, for many, the most reliable source of information about the revolt against president Bashar al-Assad. He is a lone warrior. Thousands of miles away from home, in a small rented house, … Continue reading

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The Pentagon’s cold feet on Syria

By: Max Boot It’s easy to tell when the Pentagon is opposed to a military intervention. That’s when we hear leaks saying how difficult such action would be. We heard them in the 1990s concerning Bosnia and Kosovo, we heard … Continue reading

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Syria to keep up current strategy

By: Jocelyne Zablit The Syrian regime will persist with its strategy of bombing into submission pockets of rebel resistance as it remains convinced it alone holds the key to resolving a crisis now entering a second year, analysts say. “The … Continue reading

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