Monthly Archives: April 2012

U.N. mission urges end to violence in Syria

BEIRUT – The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad and the country’s opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold. Maj. Gen. Robert Mood spoke after arriving … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian opposition sceptical of UN observer mission

As the death toll in Syria’s uprising continues to rise despite a UN-backed ceasefire, opposition activists have little hope that the deployment of international observers will make a difference. Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao reports.  

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UN mission head Robert Mood: Only Syrians can end violence

The head of the UN observer mission to Syria has warned that even 1,000 unarmed observers could not end the violence in the country on their own. Arriving in Damascus, Maj Gen Robert Mood urged all sides to cease fighting … Continue reading

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Video: Demonstration in Brussels in support of the Syrian people – 29/04/2012

A protest in Brussels, Belgium on April 29, 2012 in support of the Syrian people and against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

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Iran and Obama’s Syria Hesitation

By: John Bolton Despite months of negotiations by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and extensive Security Council deliberations, hostilities in Syria continue. Although overall violence is down slightly and the council has increased U.N. observers to 300, the civilian … Continue reading

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Head of UN mission in Syria urges halt to violence

BEIRUT — The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad and the country’s opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold. Maj. Gen. Robert Mood spoke after arriving … Continue reading

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The cartography of suffering: Women Under Siege maps sexualized violence in Syria

By: Lauren Wolfe When we hear about conflicts in foreign countries and imagine terrible acts, our thoughts don’t turn immediately to rape. We think of bombings and refugees and government suppression. If we think of sexualized violence at all, we … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian military on the ground in Douma

Amateur video shows increased military enforcement in of Douma, two days after U.N. ceasefire observers arrived to quell tensions. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. Source: Reuters

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Syrian opposition calls for aid ‘safe zones’

Leaders say UN mission has failed to stop violence and call for creation of safe areas for delivery of humanitarian aid. The Syrian opposition says UN observers have failed to end the violence in the country and are calling for the … Continue reading

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Top U.N. truce monitor in Syria, lull in violence

By: Dominic Evans BEIRUT, Lebanon – A Norwegian general charged with overseeing a shaky U.N.-brokered truce in Syria arrived in Damascus on Sunday, boosting a monitor mission that activists say has already helped ease the violence in the city of Homs, … Continue reading

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