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Syrian Revolution Digest: Odds and Ends!

With the emergence of Bassam Imadi on the scene, there will be four main currents competing inside the SNC: Burhane Ghalioun’s chosen assortment of leftwing figures, Ahmad Ramadan’s assortment of “independent” Islamists, many of whom former Muslin Brother hood members, the Muslim Brotherhood itself, and Imadi’s new group. Representatives of the Damascus Declaration, Kurdish groups, and the few liberals are too marginal to count in the decision-making process.

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Syria’s civil war is bigger than Syria itself

“In the Arab world today you cannot just kill 4,000 people and pretend it did not happen or that people will forget it. People will know it and will not accept it.”

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The War for Idlib!

The Assads keep mixing tactics, as the world keep mincing words, and opposition groups keep crossing their fingers.

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As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia

As Syria death toll soars, so does US frustration with Russia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The death toll from the crackdown in Syria has topped 5,000, the top UN human rights official told the Security Council. With Russia blocking action, the US and others are voicing increasing frustration.
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Sudan border fighting displaces over 400,000 people: U.N.

Sudan border fighting displaces over 400,000 people: U.N. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - About 417,000 people have been displaced in Sudan's border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile as a result of ongoing fighting between the army and insurgents, the United Nations...
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French U.N. envoy rules out military action in Syria

(Reuters) - France's ambassador to the United Nations ruled out using military force for now in Syria saying everything had to be done politically to avoid Syria and the Middle East as a whole being set "ablaze."

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US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges

US-born Syrian blogger faces criminal charges | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Razan Ghazzawi is the latest among dozens of activists, journalists and bloggers who have been detained since the revolt against President Bashar Assad began nine months ago, triggering a brutal crackdown that the U.N. estimates has now killed more than 5,000 people and put thousands into security lockups.

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Syrian Revolution Digest: The New Lebanon!

The world has waited too long it seems, the window of opportunity for ousting the Assad regime at the minimal possible cost for all is closing rapidly, if it hasn’t already. Now we have to deal with the prospect of lebanonization in Syria, and just in time for Christmas! Thank you Santa!

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Inside Syrian regime, hard-liners gain upper hand

Inside Syrian regime, hard-liners gain upper hand | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As both the Syrian regime and the opposition harden their positions, a nationwide strike aimed at bringing down President Assad through peaceful means looks unlikely to succeed.
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Syrian death toll 'exceeds 5,000'

Syrian death toll 'exceeds 5,000' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More than 5,000 people are now believed to have been killed in the uprising in Syria, the UN's top human rights official says.
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Syria holds poll despite violence

Syria holds poll despite violence | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria holds local elections despite an opposition boycott and continuing violence between security forces and protesters.
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Major battle in Syria; shops shut by strike

Major battle in Syria; shops shut by strike | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
AMMAN (Reuters) - AMMAN, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Syrian troops and army defectors have fought one of the biggest battles in Syria's nine-month uprising while a protest strike shut businesses in a new gesture...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Countdown to More Massacres!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Countdown to More Massacres! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Assad plans not to be responsible again for more massacres scheduled to take place, perhaps within the next 24 hours, in Homs City and Rural Damascus. Are world leaders planning to do anything beyond issuing more condemnations?

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Remembering Basra

Remembering Basra | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

So much has happened since that it's a shock to go back and remember. The smell of confusion on that first day of the ground war, when we rose in the middle of the night and drove our rental cars from the Kuwait City airport through the blowing sands until we found an obliging British unit that didn't mind letting a pack of anxious, unauthorized reporters into Iraq.

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History has not been kind to Syria's desire for change

Before the Al Assad era, Syria had frequent changes of regime. Few of them were locally-generated, and few of them turned out well.
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For Syrian Medics, a Deadly Bid to Save Lives

For Syrian Medics, a Deadly Bid to Save Lives | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A loose smuggling network is struggling to supply blood and medicine to makeshift opposition field hospitals inside Syria, set up to avoid delivering wounded protesters and fighters to state hospitals.
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Syria's torture machine

Syria's torture machine | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Channel 4's foreign affairs correspondent reports from Syria on the mounting body of evidence that the state is engaging in widespread acts of brutality against its own citizens...
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Syria blasts call for ICC investigation by UN human rights commissioner

Syria blasts call for ICC investigation by UN human rights commissioner | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
State TV blames 'conspiracy' against Bashar al-Assad's regime after Navi Pillay says situation in Syria is intolerable...
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For Syria's Dissidents, Even Exile Isn't Safe

For Syria's Dissidents, Even Exile Isn't Safe | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Opponents of Syrian President Bashir Assad who have fled abroad say they face harassment and even abduction at the hands of Syrian agents.
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Syria's wounded make perilous trek for medical care

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) - The elderly Lebanese doctor gets a text message: Your bag of eggplants is ready.He jumps in his jeep and races into the foothills on the Syrian border, searching for...
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Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City

Turkey’s Sanctions on Syria Hurt Business for Border City | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In a large industrial center, everyone from olive vendors to owners of large textile conglomerates says the shifting geopolitics are proving bad for business.
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Raising The stakes: Russian Military Support For Syria

Raising The stakes: Russian Military Support For Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Russia is reinforcing its opposition to international efforts to tighten the economic embargo on Syria by sending a Russian battle group of three vessels l...
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Syrian opposition: Massacre could follow deadline

Syrian opposition: Massacre could follow deadline | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrians in the city of Homs face a deadline to stop protests and give up defectors or face attack by the regime, the opposition said...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Dignity Strikes!

Syria today witnessed different kinds of strikes, and strike-backs. Still the underlying story is the same throughout: the protesters want to achieve their freedom, by any means necessary.

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Syrian defectors regroup in Turkey, plot Assad's end

Syrian defectors regroup in Turkey, plot Assad's end | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ayham Kurdi refused to open fire on unarmed protesters and is now an enemy of the Syrian state.
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