Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

A ride through hell by scooter: A video tour through Syria’s most ravaged and ghostly city

It is a chillingly unique insight into the horrors of war, filmed by one man on his moped through the ravaged remains of Syria’s bomb-battered Homs. The daring filmmaker zips through the city’s empty streets capturing the devastation that now … Continue reading

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Syria’s defiant women risk all to protest against President Bashar al-Assad

By: Peter Beaumont They came for the men first, as the security forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad killed, beat and arrested people protesting against his regime. Next, they came for the women of Syria’s revolution. Despite the threats, however, … Continue reading

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US Adds Syria to List of Countries Not Doing Enough to Fight Slavery

By: Scott Stearns The United States is adding Syria to a list of countries that could face sanctions for not doing enough to fight human trafficking. The annual U.S. report on worldwide slavery says Burma and Venezuela are among those … Continue reading

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Russia admits arming Bashar al-Assad

Russia said yesterday it was trying to send repaired combat helicopters to Syria and said it would continue to carry out arms contracts with president Bashar al-Assad’s regime despite western and Arab criticism. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the Alaed, … Continue reading

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Red Cross mission turns back as clashes continue in Homs

By: Bassem Mroue International aid workers were forced to turn back as they tried to enter Homs yesterday as clashes continued there. The setback came despite regime forces and rebels agreeing on Wednesday to a truce to allow trapped civilians … Continue reading

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Former U.S. soldier aids Syria’s wounded

By: Arwa Damon TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Tattooed and pale, with an Arabic vocabulary of a few dozen words at best, 24-year-old American Peter Kassig is not who you would expect to see striding up and down the corridors of a … Continue reading

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Syria Said to Possess Vast Quantities of Chemical Weapons

By: Andre deNesnera WASHINGTON -The Syrian Army is by regional standards a highly-capable military force and its air force is one of the largest in the Middle East. In addition to that, Western experts believe Syria has a large chemical … Continue reading

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‘We Don’t Know Who The Good Guys’ in Syria Are, But That Won’t Stop CIA

By: Spencer Ackerman The Obama administration swears it’s not arming the Syrian uprising. But the CIA reportedly is doing the next best thing: helping other nations figure out which rebel factions ought to get weapons shipments. And the revelation that … Continue reading

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Syria:”Unacceptable, Unconscionable, Grotesque”

By: Irwin Cotler “Unacceptable, unconscionable, grotesque … unspeakable … there are no words to describe these crimes.” These are but the latest set of condemnations following a week of the Assad regime’s massive atrocity crimes — resulting in the suspension … Continue reading

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Urban-rural stalemate forms in Syria conflict

By: David Martin In Syria on Thursday, the International Red Cross tried to evacuate civilians and the wounded from the battered city of Homs, but they never got the chance. A promised cease-fire never happened. The city came under renewed … Continue reading

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