Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

Editorial: Syrian democracy back to square one

By: Sami Moubayed Syria’s new parliament will be inaugurated this week. It will likely be packed by the Baath party and its sister parties in the National Progressive Front (NPF) that collectively won approximately 160 out of the 250 seats; … Continue reading

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Editorial: America and Syria’s “dead man walking”

By: Bernd Debusmann When U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Canada and the European Union first issued public calls for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to step down, the death toll in Syria stood at 2,000. … Continue reading

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UN chief says Syria crisis at ‘pivotal’ point

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday that the search for peace in Syria was at a “pivotal moment” and expressed strong concerns of an all-out civil war, as a five-week-old truce was broken yet again. The violence across Syria claimed … Continue reading

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Gunbattle in Beirut erupts amid mounting fears of Syria spillover

A gunbattle has erupted in Beirut as fears mounted that the conflict in neighboring Syria is bleeding across the border. Two people were killed and at least 18 others were wounded in the clashes that erupted late Sunday and continued … Continue reading

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Video: Feels Like Saving the World (Save Syria Edition)

ACT NOW (1) CALL PRESIDENT OBAMA AT (202) 456-1111 AND ASK FOR INTERVENTION NOW. TO WRITE HIM: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments (2) CALL YOUR TV NEWS SOURCE AND ASK THEM FOR MORE COVERAGE ON THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT’S MASSACRE OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. CALL CNN … Continue reading

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Syrian rebels cling to bullets and hope

By: Martin Chulov In the shadow of the monolith they call the Corner Mountain, Firas Abu Hamza was carefully counting his most prized possessions. He removed a dirty sock from his camouflage vest and spilled its contents, 13 old bullets, … Continue reading

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Editorial: NATO’s blind spot on intervention in Syria

NATO’S “victory” in Libya, senior U.S. officials recently wrote, was a “model intervention,” a “teachable moment.” “The first lesson is that NATO is uniquely positioned to respond quickly and effectively to international crises,” the U.S. ambassador to NATO, Ivo H. … Continue reading

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A Spasm of Violence: How Lebanon is Threatened by Syria’s Rebellion

By: Rania Abouzeid An uneasy, fragile calm returned to the Lebanese capital Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli on Monday, a day after the worst clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian Lebanese factions since 2008. The violence erupted after the … Continue reading

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Assassinations of pro-regime officials increasing in Syria crisis

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Nearly 50 people were killed yesterday in violence across Syria, including 34 civilians who died during an assault on a village, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Syrian regime forces shot at and rained shells on … Continue reading

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Lebanese Sunnis put blame on Syria in killing of cleric

By: Abdullah Ayasun İSTANBUL, Turkey – Pre-dawn clashes in the Lebanese capital of Beirut early on Monday have fueled fears that the 14-month-old Syrian conflict is finally spilling over to its western neighbor that lies on a sectarian and religious … Continue reading

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