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Syria opposition's divisions showing at Arab League meeting

Syria opposition's divisions showing at Arab League meeting | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Deep fissures in the Syrian opposition were evident Wednesday when egg-throwing dissidents attempted to prevent other opposition figures from meeting with Arab League officials in Cairo .
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Conflict Risk Alert: Syria’s Tipping Point


Brussels, 3 November 2011: Syria's acceptance of the Arab League proposal to defuse the crisis presents an eleventh-hour opportunity to seek a negotiated transition before the conflict takes an even uglier turn.
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Syria Releases Hundreds of Prisoners But Violence Continues

Syria Releases Hundreds of Prisoners But Violence Continues | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Officials announce they are releasing 500 prisoners as part of an amnesty for Eid al-Adha, 3 dead in Homs region in continuing violence...
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What's the Big Deal? The Arab League's Non-Solution for Syria

What's the Big Deal? The Arab League's Non-Solution for Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria and the Cairo-based pan-Arab organization have announced they have a plan to end the bloodshed.
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Syrian tanks shell Homs despite Arab League accord, activists say

Syrian tanks shell Homs despite Arab League accord, activists say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based Syrian activist, likened Assad’s strategy to that of Abdullah Saleh, the embattled Yemeni president who keeps vowing to hand over power but never steps down despite huge popular protests and international pressures. "I doubt that Assad has any real intention of following through on this commitment," Abdulhamid said. “He might be taking a page out of ... Saleh's book, that is, he will say one thing and do another.

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Syria Said to Accept Arab Call to Stop Attacks, Free Prisoners

Syria agreed to stop attacks on protesters under an Arab League initiative that seeks to end months of unrest, Qatar’s prime minister announced.
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Syria says reaches deal with Arab League on unrest

Syria says reaches deal with Arab League on unrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria said on Tuesday it had reached agreement with an Arab League committee tasked with finding a way to end seven months of unrest and starting a dialogue between President Bashar...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Seeing the Signs!

Protesters continue to try to communicate their message to the world through signs and banners. Today’s demonstrations were meant to protest Assad’s latest threats to set the entire region on fire and transform Syrian into a new Afghanistan, and to demand that Arab league freezes Syria’s membership.

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Arab League: Deploy Civilian Monitors in Syria

Arab League: Deploy Civilian Monitors in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Cairo) – The League of Arab States should demand that Syria’s government allow independent, on-the-ground, civilian monitors to observe the behavior of the security services, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Arab League calls for Syria talks

Arab League calls for Syria talks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League has called for talks between the government and opposition in Syria to be held within 15 days under its supervision, following months of unrest.
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Arab League chief: Goal in Libya is to protect civilians, not regime change

Amr Moussa – departing secretary general of the Arab League and Egyptian presidential candidate – discusses the no-fly zone intervention in Libya and Qaddafi's exit. He also touches on Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria and the future of Egypt's relationship with Israel and the Palestinians.
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Arab League to meet on Assad defiance

Arab League to meet on Assad defiance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Arab League called a crisis meeting on Syria's failure to abide by its peace plan amid reports that at least 15 activists were killed on a Muslim holy day.
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Syria crackdown continues prompting urgent Arab League talks

Syria crackdown continues prompting urgent Arab League talks | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Arab League arranges emergency meeting to discuss Assad's failure to stick to peace plan after death of 13 on Islamic holy day...
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Syria Asks Civilians to Disarm

Syria's government called on citizens carrying arms to turn themselves in within a week, dealing a setback to the Arab League deal this week and suggesting that President Bashar al-Assad won't withdraw his forces until his government finishes...
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The Syrians Are on Their Own

With the United States and Europe only half-willing, the international community is incapable of stopping human rights violations in Syria or even helping the opposition.
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Growing isolation for Syria if it fails Arab League: US

Growing isolation for Syria if it fails Arab League: US | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — Syria will only deepen its international isolation if it fails to abide by a deal with the Arab League to stop killing protesters, the United States warned Thursday.

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Pressure on Syria's Assad to implement peace deal

Pressure on Syria's Assad to implement peace deal | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria is under pressure from its Arab neighbors to end months of bloodshed, after agreeing to a plan to pull its military out of cities, release political prisoners and hold talks with...
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Arab League Awaits Syria's Reply on Crackdown

Arab League Awaits Syria's Reply on Crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The 22-member Arab bloc sharpens its criticism of Syria after rights activists say security forces shot and killed dozens of anti-government protesters on Friday.
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Arab leaders rule out Syria intervention

DOHA: Arab League delegates attending a key meeting here yesterday have ruled out the possibility of international intervention in Syria but agreed unanimously on the need to see an end to the Syrian crisis at the earliest.

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Arab delegation says Syria’s Assad looks serious about solving crisis; 15 killed in crackdown

BEIRUT — Arab officials held a “frank and friendly” meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad Wednesday, the head of the delegation said at the beginning of a regional effort to resolve a bloody 7-month revolt, the most serious challenge yet to...
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UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure

UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Since spring, a wind of change has been blowing through the Arab world. Last week it again reached the shores of Turtle Bay. But this time it turned into a sudden chill.
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Double standard seen in Arab response to Libya

Double standard seen in Arab response to Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Arab leaders don't relish attacking one of their own. But bloodshed across Libya and Western pressure have forced them into supporting international airstrikes against Col. Moammar Kadafi , who in many ways is merely a caricature of monarchies and autocrats throughout the Middle East.
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