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Syria’s failed cease-fire and the limits of social media

By: Elizabeth Flock There was no sign of the planned withdrawal from cities and towns by Syrian forces Tuesday. Activists reported an intensified onslaught by troops, including the use of heavy weaponry, despite claims by the government’s foreign minister that a pullout … Continue reading

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Burman: Syrian attacks turn journalists into participants of war

By: Tony Burman The frightening crisis in Syria is a human catastrophe in the making, and it is one which the discredited Syrian government is trying frantically to hide from the world. Its deadly method is the targeting of international … Continue reading

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AlJazeera Listening Post: Syria: Video, spin and propaganda

As fighting between the Syrian army and anti-government protesters intensifies, so has the information war. As the fighting between the Syrian army and anti-government protesters intensifies, so has the information war. The media blackout imposed by Bashar al-Assad’s government has … Continue reading

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Syria’s information revolution brings news out of the dark

By Brooke Anderson Fadi Aho describes his childhood in northeast Syria in the 1980s as “living in a fortress within a fortress.” In Qamishle, near the borders of Turkey and Iraq, he was separated not only by the 650 kilometers … Continue reading

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In Egypt and Syria, Bloggers Face Harsh Punishments

By J. DAVID GOODMAN Syrian activists told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government had unveiled charges against an outspoken Syrian-American blogger who reportedly was detained more than a week ago. The blogger, Razan Ghazzawi, appeared to have been … Continue reading

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Free Syrian Army sergeant speaks to Al Jazeera

With the conflict in Syria raging, the number defectors from the armed forces is on the rise. Al Jazeera has been speaking to soldiers in the Free Syrian Army. Sergeant Nidal Agady says social media was one factor which made … Continue reading

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Mideast media encouraged by Syria sanctions

The Arab League’s decision to impose economic sanctions on Syria in punishment for its crackdown on anti-government protests has generated extensive comment on both conventional and social media platforms. Arab press commentators were generally supportive of the decision, and the … Continue reading

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