Daily Archives: May 9, 2012

Syria buys grain via Lebanon to circumvent sanctions

Syria is importing significant volumes of grain via Lebanon to work around Western sanctions and secure vital supplies, European traders told Reuters. The trade is not illegal because food imports are not included in sanctions imposed by the European Union, … Continue reading

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Annan’s Mission Impossible

By: Salman Shaikh The world is learning hard lessons in Syria. The United States has already admitted that the mission of U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan is likely to fail, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Prepare for the long haul in Syria

By: Michael Young One thing that the Lebanese can usually do with some precision is predict stalemate. Their own conflict between 1975 and 1990 was one long, debilitating lesson in destructive deadlock. So when those in Beirut look toward Syria … Continue reading

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Turkey condemns Syria UN convoy bombing

Turkey has strongly condemned a bomb attack in Syria that struck close to UN observers, saying it is Syrian regime’s responsibility to maintain the security of the UN mission. A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday strongly … Continue reading

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Turkey takes a harder line on Iraq after Syria

By: Murat Yetkin It is clear that Ankara waited for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan to return from Italy before finalizing its decision as to whether or not to extradite Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, in response to a red notice … Continue reading

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Over 15 nations to join US-led military drill near Syria border

12000 soldiers from 17 countries carry out a US-led joint military exercise in Jordan amid the ongoing the crisis in Syria. ‘It has nothing to do with Syria. [The timing] is just a coincidence,’ a top US official says. The … Continue reading

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Roadside bombing illustrates danger faced by Syria monitors

BEIRUT — A roadside bomb struck a military checkpoint in Syria on Wednesday morning just moments after a United Nations convoy had passed through, underscoring the danger faced by the international monitoring mission in a country where a cease-fire is … Continue reading

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Perpignan photojournalism festival to honour slain reporter

PARIS – This year’s Perpignan photojournalism festival will pay special tribune to Remi Ochlik, a French photographer killed in Syria in February, with one of its prizes being named after him, organisers said Wednesday. The annual festival, held from August … Continue reading

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Syria forces’ cross-border fire kills Lebanese woman

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces have killed an elderly Lebanese woman and wounded her daughter in a cross-border shooting, a Lebanese official said on Wednesday. The woman, in her 70s, was “shot dead yesterday by Syrian regime forces from the … Continue reading

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Obama extends framework for Syria sanctions

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is extending the legal framework for continued sanctions against Syria. He is notifying Congress Wednesday that Syria poses an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security and diplomatic goals. The renewal comes two days … Continue reading

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