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Yemeni soldiers battle 'al-Qaeda' fighters

Yemeni soldiers battle 'al-Qaeda' fighters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Sixteen anti-government fighters and four soldiers killed in clashes outside the capital of southern Abyan province.
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Is Assad Crazy?

Is Assad Crazy? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The assessments of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following his interview with Barbara Walters in early December all strike a common theme. A State Department spokesman, for instance, declared that Assad appears to be "utterly disconnected with the reality that's going on in his country." One analyst opined, "It's now clear that Assad meets his own definition of crazy."

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Wounded Syrian refugees describe firefight, siege

Wounded Syrian refugees describe firefight, siege | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Most of the Syrian refugees recovering in a Lebanese hospital are from small towns near the border. Their stories illustrate the perils facing many Syrians as Assad's regime cracks down.
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Dozens killed in Syria as Arab peace team due

Dozens killed in Syria as Arab peace team due | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 50 people were killed in Syria on Tuesday, an activist group said, two days before Arab League officials were due to arrive to prepare for a monitoring mission assessing Syrian...
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Syria Signs Arab League Deal Allowing Outside Monitors

Syria Signs Arab League Deal Allowing Outside Monitors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria has agreed to an Arab League plan to allow observers into the country, as rights activists say security forces killed dozens of army deserters in the country's northwest.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Messages!

You don’t need to read tea leaves in order to figure out the writing on the wall or make sense of what’s going in Syria. An open mind would suffice.

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Syria nearer to sign Arab plan, crackdown continues

Syria nearer to sign Arab plan, crackdown continues | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - Gulf officials expressed hope Sunday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would finally sign an Arab League peace aimed at ending a crackdown on protests and averting civil war.After...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Arabs Mull, Assads Kill!

As the Arab League mulls the possibility of referring its proposal on the Syrian Crisis to the Security Council, the Assad’s killing machine continues its operations.

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Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed

Syrian refugees give firsthand account of slide into bloodshed | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon , three generations of a Syrian farming family cluster around a small gas heater in the derelict schoolhouse that has become their refuge.
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Homs: Bloody winter in Syria's revolution capital

Homs: Bloody winter in Syria's revolution capital | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab Spring has turned to bloody winter in Homs, the city that has suffered the most from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deadly nationwide crackdown on anti-government protesters.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: All the Roads… !

As peoples of the world get more educated about Syrian politics, geography and ethnography, the Syrian people are getting a crash course in world politics as well, including American politics.

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Mass Syria rallies after prayers

Mass Syria rallies after prayers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian security forces reportedly open fire on anti-government protesters after hundreds of thousands took to the streets across the country.
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Syria opposition stages congress

Syria opposition stages congress | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Syrian National Council, a coalition of groups opposed to President Assad, opens its first congress in Tunisia, as violence in Syria continues.
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Bashar al-Assad Is Every Bit His Father's Son

Bashar al-Assad Is Every Bit His Father's Son | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The family that slays together stays together.

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'Scores die' in new Syria clashes

Scores of civilians, troops and army deserters are killed in Syria, opposition activists report, in a second day of heavy bloodshed.
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2 days of Syria violence leave 150 dead

2 days of Syria violence leave 150 dead | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — Security forces pursuing anti-government activists and army defectors shot dead at least 47 people in Syria on Tuesday, pushing the toll for two days of violence to nearly 150 even as the regime prepared to allow in foreign monitors under...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Assad Signs & Kills!

Assad signed a protocol for allowing Arab observers to enter the country even as his killing machine continued its operations. The move was not a concession, but another stalling tactic. Assad was just granted several weeks of respite in which he can do pretty much what he wants, knowing that nothing will take place in the meantime on the regional or international scene to hurt him. Thanks Arab League!

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Syria need not fear the international criminal court – for now

Syria need not fear the international criminal court – for now | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Assad is safe from charges of crimes against humanity while he has the support of Russia and China...
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Syria's Opposition: What If We Offered Assad Immunity...?

Syria's Opposition: What If We Offered Assad Immunity...? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

"What difference can the SNC make if it gets international recognition and loses its legitimacy among the protesters? And what difference can the FSA make, if it fails to get all the emerging paramilitary groups to accept the authority of its Military Council and its leader?" Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian dissident who has been critical of the SNC said recently. Abdulhamid has criticized the SNC's "lack of transparency" and claimed that several independent Syrians who wanted to attend the conference in Tunisia "as monitors" were not allowed in. "So long as SNC leaders remain more preoccupied with winning international recognition than they are with internal cohesion or outreach to their own people, they are destined to become as irrelevant and cut-off from realities as Assad is today," he said.

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Clashes in Syria kill at least 15 civilians, 6 soldiers; Syria weighing Arab League observers

Clashes in Syria kill at least 15 civilians, 6 soldiers; Syria weighing Arab League observers | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — Armed clashes erupted in Syria Sunday, killing at least 15 civilians and six government troops, activists said.
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Syria’s guilty men

The violent repression of citizens in Syria is escalating, and can now be linked to named officials of the regime. This reinforces the case for concerted international pressure to end the suffering, says David Mepham.

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Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria's Assad out, just not yet

Analysis: Turkey and allies want Syria's Assad out, just not yet | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Turkey, with strong backing from its Arab and Western allies, very much wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down -- but not just yet.Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and...
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Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN

Arab League gives Syria until Wednesday to accept peace plan, considers turning to UN | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N.
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Inside Assad's Torture Chambers - Syria

Assad continues to refute claims that his government is waging a brutal crackdown. Yet through exclusive interviews, this report exposes the routine and sadistic torture the Syrian military has used on prisoners.

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Angelina Jolie goes to war

Angelina Jolie goes to war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Angelina Jolie tells veteran war correspondent Janine di Giovanni what compelled her to tackle the brutal realities of the Bosnian war for In the Land of Blood and Honey – her first film as director...
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