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  1. 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 ...

  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria's Bashar al-Assad appears- without Farouk al-Shara

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Assad was sitting cross-legged during a sermon in which Syria was described as the victim of a conspiracy by the United States, Israel, the West and Arab states but which would not "defeat our Islam, our ideology and our determination in Syria". The July 18 bombing at the state security headquarters in Damascus was a stunning blow to Assad, who lost a brother-in-law ...

  3. News - China - SYRIA

    China steps up diplomacy in Syria crisis

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... began fighting to oust Assad in March last year. Beijing, to deflect criticism and show it is trying to develop a political solution, has sent its own envoys to Syria and has already been ... and meet Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. The ministry said that China was also considering inviting members of the Syrian opposition. "To promote the political solution to the Syria problem, ...

  4. US and Russia are best hope for Syria

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan's peace mission to end the bloody conflict in Syria always had only the slimmest chance of success. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plainly ... Bilateral ties, not Syria, are top of their agenda, but ending the killing and bringing peace to the country has to be a central part of their bargaining. Neither has wanted to get involved, Russia, ...

  5. Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... autonomy is both genuine and strong. The democratic development that began 18 months ago in Tahrir Square in Cairo is unlikely to be reversed. The situation in Syria is even more complex. ... The turmoil and violence in Syria stem from power struggles at three different levels- global, regional and domestic. Globally, Nato and Russia jostle for geopolitical advantage. While Nato countries ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Clinton, Turkish FM say no-fly zone among possible measures to help rebels

    Posted Aug 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Aleppo US, Turkey mull no-fly zone in Syria Syrian rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad need the protection of foreign-guarded no-fly zones and safe havens near ... to be a distant prospect, her remarks were the closest Washington has come to suggesting direct military action in Syria. "There are areas that are being liberated," Sida said from Istanbul. ...

  7. Lebanon's task is to create a new democratic order

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Growing international pressure is apparently behind Syria's commitment to withdraw completely its troops from Lebanon, where they have been stationed since 1976. But dominance ... By the end of this month, if Damascus lives up to its word, about 5,000 soldiers and another 5,000 intelligence officers will have returned to Syria. The remaining 10,000 or so troops ...

  8. The Syrian massacre

    Posted May 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Staff writer What? More than 100 people died, most of them women and children, during a massacre in the Syrian city of Houla last week. Why? Why are they fighting? Syria is one of many ... on the rebels. International attempts at a ceasefire have not been successful. How? How has the world reacted? US and world leaders used the recent massacre to step up pressure on Syria. Special UN envoy ...

  9. Talking points

    Posted Nov 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of President Bashar al-Assad in Cairo after the league suspended Syria over its violent crackdown on eight months of protests. The 22-member bloc's rare, near-unanimous vote- only Lebanon, Yemen and Syria did not back suspension- put Damascus in direct confrontation with other Arab powers, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who were pushing for the suspension. The vote constituted a major ...

  10. Untangling the threads of the new Silk Road

    Posted Apr 20th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Syria's bustling Adra free zone after a visit to its China City exhibition centre and wholesale market, he notices across the road a decaying training camp for Palestinian militants. 'That is the old Syria. The free zone is the new Syria,' says his guide. Western countries are focused on the old in Syria and other Arab countries. China sees the new. But as the G20 leaders' ...




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