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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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. For Beijing, it's no more Mr Abstention

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com When China and Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution this month calling on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to step ... Seale, a British historian specialising in Syria and the Middle East. He adds that 'with their vetoes, Moscow and Beijing were saying that they too had interests in the Middle East ...

  7. Beautiful end to a wonderful year

    Posted Dec 19th 2010, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... straight International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) world amateur six-ball title in the bag- she easily retained her title in Damascus, Syria, this week- she completed a magical year she ... happy with my performance in Syria I had to give myself a 10 out of 10. I was really enjoying playing the game in Syria. Getting into the final and playing my teammate [she beat Hong Kong's ...

  8. Opposition's resort to violence helps Assad

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... that Bashar hands over power to a deputy, and that the Baathists form a 'unity' government with the opposition, but Syria's rulers simply shrug it off. The Arab League is not going to send troops to Syria. Assad's calculations have to do with how the confrontation plays out in Syria itself. In that context, it is greatly to his advantage that the opposition is turning ...

  9. Forgotten lessons

    Posted Jan 11th 2007, 12:00am by Ben Lynfield

    ... History suggests that Israel's refusal to talk peace with Syria could lead to another conflict over the Golan Heights, writes Ben Lynfield Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ... was not willing to part with that territory, which Israel captured from Egypt during the 1967 Middle East war, when it also occupied Syria's Golan Heights, a strategic plateau overlooking the Sea ...

  10. Talking points

    Posted Aug 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... but Israel has insisted its use of force was justified. UN mission to investigate Syrian unrest A United Nations humanitarian mission visits Syria to witness the effects of President Bashar ... into Syria, where more than 2,000 people have been reported killed in a months-long crackdown on dissent by Assad's regime. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has said Syria may ...




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