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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Find common ground over Syria

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by JAVIER SOLANAM

    ... Javier Solana warns of dangerous spillover effects if the domestic sectarian conflict is not pacified Common ground must be found over Syria The feeling is growing stronger by the day that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is approaching a tipping point. The international community must think seriously about how to minimise the dangers inherent in Syria's domestic ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Syria hand-wringing shows up West's decline

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am by JASWANT SINGH

    ... Jaswant Singh says their national interests no longer shape global affairs as they did Syria hand-wringing shows up West's decline Syria's agony has generated a variety ... that are bedevilling efforts to end the violence. Whereas Syria denies political freedom to its citizens, it tolerates significantly more social freedom than many other Arab countries, particularly Saudi ...

  3. Toughen up on Syria, Paris urges Beijing

    Posted Jul 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Syria crisis is not only a domestic issue now, it is an international problem and it relates to human rights and humanitarian issues. Therefore, the international community needs to take action.' Fabius also said that the use of rhetoric alone was insufficient to push Assad to end Syria's civil war. The French minister's comments follow his American counterpart's ...

  4. Only one solution to Syria's crisis

    Posted Feb 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Syria teeters on the brink of civil war, autocratic President Bashar al-Assad's forces having stepped up attacks on opposition groups in the wake of a failed UN Security Council ... there is no reason for the kind of military action that was taken in Libya and Iraq. Syria's opposition is divided and for now there is no possibility of a united rebel force moving on the capital ...

  5. Syria's Assad struggles to follow in his father's footsteps

    Posted Aug 05th 2006, 12:00am by Ben Lynfield

    ... Minister Ehud Olmert called him 'immature' and said Syria would be 'useless' in solving the current crisis in Lebanon. Israeli Vice-Premier Shimon Peres, referring to Mr Assad's cunning father Hafez, who ruled Syria from 1970 until his death in 2000, described him as 'the son of a wise leader'. But with Israel proving unable to neutralise ...

  6. No end in sight to the Syrian tragedy

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... as it began discussing what to do about the Syrian crisis. He needn't worry. Even as Syria drifts inexorably towards a catastrophic civil war, nobody else is willing to put troops into the country, so how are they going to impose anything? Syria isn't Libya. It is a big country with a powerful army, the core of which will remain loyal to the Assad regime. A good 30per cent ...

  7. Talking points

    Posted Sep 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Syria The foreign ministers of Arab nations meet in Cairo to discuss the violent crackdown in Syria. The Arab League on Saturday announced it had reached an agreement with President Bashar ...

  8. Who said it?

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... The worst thing about poverty is not the lack of money, but the lack of hope Hong Kong social worker Chan Siu-ming These are very, very important economic times for both China and the United States, and indeed the world Gary Locke, Washington's ambassador to Beijing The conflict will continue... Syria will not bow down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ...

  9. News - China - MIDDLE EAST

    China and Egypt enter new era of co-operation

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Teddy Ng in Beijing teddy.ng@scmp.com Mursi trip ends with vow of more co-operation and opposition to intervention in Syria China pledges loyalty to new Egyptian rule China and Egypt vowed to enhance political co-operation in regional affairs and oppose military intervention in Syria, as Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi wrapped up a three-day visit in Beijing. In a joint communiqué ...

  10. UN chief urges Beijing to boost aid to Africa

    Posted Jul 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in Syria, has engaged in a diplomatic push to encourage Beijing to back a tougher response to deadly attacks on civilians by President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Ban's appeal came during ... sanctions and military intervention in Syria if Assad's regime or insurgent forces fail to comply with a UN peace plan. Russia and China have blocked previous efforts to sanction Syria ...




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