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Syria Accepts Annan’s Peace Plan

Former United Nations secretary-general and current U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that his bid to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) and his administration to accept a peace plan Annan proposed has been successful. Enacting it, however, is another matter.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


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The U.N. and Syria

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AP / Misha Japaridze

Russia Changes Stance on Syria

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signaled a shift in his country’s position vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria, indicating that Russia may be willing to cooperate more with the U.N. Security Council’s proposed plan, but with some stipulations.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE



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American Journalist Accused of Passing Tips to Assad Regime

According to this story from The Telegraph, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apparently wasn’t aware that BBC reporter Paul Wood had been filing stories from the war-torn city of Homs until American journalist Nir Rosen tipped off his administration in an attempt to gain access for his own professional purposes.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

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Dan Bennett (CC-BY)

McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE


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Homosexuality May Become a Felony in Liberia

Liberia is considering two proposals that would make consensual same-sex acts punishable with jail time; NATO refuses to get involved in the crisis in Syria; and a Jewish journalist killed by terrorists was baptized posthumously by the Mormon Church. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE


Dilemma

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Wounded Journalists Smuggled Out of Syria

On Tuesday, a group of 35 Syrian volunteers—13 of whom eventually lost their lives—took part in a rescue operation to smuggle two foreign journalists, British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, out of the besieged city of Homs.

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The World Turns Its Back—Again

The harrowing stories that have come down to us from the Warsaw Ghetto are eerily similar to the horrific accounts emanating from Homs and other Syrian towns over the past few months.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Gas Prices: Problem or Solution?

Mitt Romney swipes Rick Santorum with his Senate record. President Obama proposes subsidizing energy innovators as gas shoots up 12 cents a gallon in one week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers a show of support for Assad’s opponents, and Greece signs loan papers.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik

By virtue of their presence, and then by putting words and pictures to what they hear and see, journalists working in conflict zones practice the highest ideals of the profession and are able to not only recount events that have already happened but can also potentially affect future outcomes. That’s also what makes them targets.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


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DAPD / Clemens Bilan

U.N. Team Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s about time. A U.N. panel has concluded that members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are guilty of “gross human rights violations” amounting to crimes against humanity.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Phillip Pavlovich

U.S. Contemplates ‘Additional Measures’ for Syria

Press representatives at the White House and the State Department are using the same vague phrase, “additional measures,” to describe the administration’s mystery plan for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


Syrians ‘Radicalized by Terror’

Syrian forces are shelling Homs while across the country, reports ITN’s Jonathan Rugman, “state brutality has failed to crush” the popular uprising.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Troops Kill Mourner at Damascus Funeral

Fear and bloodshed remain a constant in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where at least one person was killed and several were injured Saturday when security forces opened fire at the funeral of three youths killed Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

White House Isn’t Buying What Syria Is Selling

On Wednesday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and other officials hailed the arrival of a new constitution, slated to go up for a referendum later this month, but the Obama administration didn’t greet the news with much credulity or enthusiasm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bilal Hussein

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Local Coordination Committees in Syria

27 Dead as Violence Escalates in Homs

Bashar al-Assad’s government rained more than 200 bombs on the opposition-controlled city of Homs on Wednesday, killing an unconfirmed 27 people and demolishing homes. The Russian and Chinese governments maintained their policy of nonintervention while leaders of Western and Arab nations scrambled to decide how, if at all, to get involved.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Army Unleashes Heavy Attack on Homs

Two days after Russia and China blocked a U.N. resolution calling for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down, violence in Homs stepped up a big notch, with near-constant shelling rocking the volatile Syrian city.

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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Why Russia Just Can’t Quit Syria’s Dictator

The Kremlin risks international isolation with its uncompromising stance on Syria, but Russia has powerful incentives to protect Bashar al-Assad.

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Russia-Sized Obstacle Blocks U.N.’s Syrian Plan

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council’s attempt to pass a resolution strongly encouraging regime change in Syria, which by definition would mean the end of President Bashar Assad’s tenure in office, was again met with resistance from Russia.

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AP / Local Coordination Committees in Syria

U.N. Considers Syria Intervention

As the crisis in Syria reached new levels of urgency Friday, the United Nations Security Council met to work up a resolution pressuring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. The U.N. group faced a formidable challenge, however, from a prominent and permanent member, according to the BBC.

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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria on the Verge of Civil War

The Arab League and the rest of the international community seem at a loss to prevent rising tension and violence in Syria from driving the country into full-blown civil war.

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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bassem Tellawi

More Killed in Syria as Country Buries Dead

At least 27 people were killed in violence across Syria on Saturday as thousands mourned at a government-organized funeral for those killed in Friday’s bomb attack in the capital city of Damascus. Anti-Assad forces suspect the president’s sympathizers ordered the bombing to lend credence to the claim that the government is battling terrorists rather than suppressing dissent.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Shaam News Network via APTN

Arab League Pushes for Progress in Syria

The presence of delegates from the Arab League hasn’t eradicated the deadly clashes between governmental forces and civilians in Syria, although some of the more obvious signs of strife had diminished by Monday. According to the head of the visiting coalition, the violence persists from behind the scenes as snipers continue to claim lives. 

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Opposition Groups Draft Post-Assad Plan

Two of Syria’s major opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Committee, overcame fracturing to sign an agreement Friday to set up an egalitarian democracy that will draft a new constitution and operate without foreign military aid, in the event ongoing protests succeed in ousting President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Dec 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shaam News Network via ATPN

Nationwide Protests in Syria as Arab League Visits

As many as 1 million Syrians poured into streets across the country Friday to show visiting members of the Arab League that they are suffering under President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Even with the league’s monitors present, however, the government is reported to have killed dozens of people and injured many more with nail bombs, live ammunition and tear gas.

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Syrian Activist Speaks Out From Hiding as Arab League Mission Fails to Slow Deadly Crackdown

Amy Goodman and the “Democracy Now!” crew investigate the failure so far of Arab League observers to witness or stop the killing in Syria.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Clay Junell (CC-BY-SA)

Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

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AP / Shaam News Network, via APTN

Dozens of Deaths Reported in Syrian Clashes

The bloody battles between the Syrian government and its own people took a turn for the worse early this week, with reports of mass civilian and military casualties emerging Tuesday despite the ongoing ban on foreign media within Syria’s borders, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


Happy Time in Syria

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Syria Warns Protesters of Looming ‘Massacre’

Mere days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hit the American airwaves to claim his innocence in his country’s recent deadly crackdowns on protesters calling for regime change, his opposition in the volatile city of Homs was told of an upcoming massacre if it didn’t stop demonstrating in three days.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


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Turkish PM: Step Down, Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s list of international supporters is dwindling, and he can strike another off the list now that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined the chorus calling for Assad’s resignation. In a strongly worded statement, Erdogan invoked some striking figures from ... (more)

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‘Democracy Now!’: Crackdown on Syria

Monday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” included this segment on the status of the crisis in Syria, two days after the Arab League suspended Syria’s membership and eight months into the battle between opposition members and President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Jordan’s King to Syria’s President: Time to Go

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has drawn criticism from leaders of neighboring nations, most notably those in the Arab League, for his iron-fisted crackdown on dissenters in his country. On Monday, King Abdullah of Jordan ramped up the pressure on Assad to step down by ... (more)

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AP / Sham News Network, via APTN

Syrians Look to Arab League as 26 Killed in Crackdown

So much for promises: Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s administration made a very public peace deal just nine days ago, 26 people were reported killed Friday as protesters came out in force in hopes that the Arab League ... (more)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

So Much for Progress in Syria

Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance. (more)

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AP / Kostas Tsironis

Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

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Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


Middle East Dominoes

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Gigi Ibrahim (CC-BY)

Dispatches From Cairo: Tensions Mount in Revolution Central

Wow, what a jittery, hair-trigger, emotional week in Egypt, the heart of the revolutionary world.

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