Daily Archives: May 7, 2012

Syria: Another citizen journalist killed despite ceasefire plan

Reporters Without Borders is horrified to have learned of the death three days ago of the Syrian citizen journalist Abdul Ghani Kaakeh who was deliberately targeted during a demonstration in the Salah Al-Din district of the northwestern city of Aleppo. … Continue reading

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Image: UN Observers look away while Syrians drown in blood

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Syrian refugees fear they’ll never see home again

By: Portia Walker Antakya, Turkey – Abdul Rahman can’t sleep. Forced to flee after Syrian troops burned down his home, he lives in a safe house in Turkey with Syrian army defectors in their 20s. Rahman, 40, left behind his … Continue reading

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Syrian Election: Orwellian “Animal Farm” a la Assad

By: Bessma Momani Last year, President Bashar al-Assad postponed Syria’s parliamentary elections. This was an opportunity for him to take into account his proposed constitutional reforms that will allow political parties, other than his own Baath Party, to compete for … Continue reading

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Syrian violence unabated on election day, 28 killed

Syria held parliamentary elections Monday despite the country’s continuing violence, with conflicting reports about voter turnout and activists reporting 28 people killed, dpa reported. Most of the restive areas that have seen regular protests against the government of President Bashar … Continue reading

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Video: Syrian protesters mock Assad elections

Syrian protesters mock the Parliament elections that were held May 7, 2012

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Syria holds election ‘bordering on ludicrous

The election for Syria’s 250-seat parliament was planned for last year, but the vote was delayed when president Bashar al-Assad announced a series of reforms, including a new constitution. Voters turned out in relatively peaceful areas of the country, with … Continue reading

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Syrian opposition boycotts ‘theater show’ election

Beirut/Damascus – Syria’s government said voters turned out in large numbers Monday for a parliamentary election it sees as central to its reform program. However, opposition supporters denounced the exercise as a sham and reported more fighting between rebels and … Continue reading

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Getting Aid Into Syria

Protesters in Syria are still being intimidated and murdered by government forces. The status of thousands of detainees remains unclear. And it is estimated that one million civilians are still in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Of that number the … Continue reading

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Turkish journalists held in Syria look well in released photos

Turkey’s Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) has published photos of two Turkish journalists who were detained while covering the Syrian uprising two months ago and the two men appeared to be in good health.   The İHH, which has been involved … Continue reading

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