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Interviewing Assad

Interviewing Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
No Hollywood screenwriter couldve topped Syrian despot Assad’s deadpan denial of wrongdoing during his interview with Barbara Walters.
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Syrian refugees seek shelter in Libya

Syrian refugees seek shelter in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Thousands of refugees fleeing the escalating violence in Syria are seeking shelter in Libya, a country still recovering from its own civil war.

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France pushes Syria meeting at divided UN council

France pushes Syria meeting at divided UN council | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council agreed on Friday to France's request for a briefing on Syria's rights crackdown from the U.N.
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Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict?

Israel-Gaza violence: Testing the Arab world's appetite for fresh conflict? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israel-Gaza violence has flared up again, with Israel killing two militants suspected of plotting attacks along the Israel-Egypt border.
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South and Sudan 'on brink of war'

South and Sudan 'on brink of war' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
South Sudan's foreign minister warns his country is on the brink of war with Sudan following days of fierce fighting along the border.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Prelude to Mayhem!

Unless world leaders make up their mind and decide that intervention to prevent a crisis is better than intervention to manage, the powder keg that is today’s Syria will surely blow and soon. Yearend could signal the beginning of an extended period of turmoil for our beleaguered country. Syrians deserve better than this. Freedom has a tax, we all agree on this, but this is simply put usurious.

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On the Front Line with Syria's Free Army

On the Front Line with Syria's Free Army | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

AIN AL-BAIDA, SYRIA – The Turkish flag flies next to the green, white, and black standard of the Syrian revolution at a Free Syrian Army (FSA) position above the village of Ain al-Baida. Here, about 150 rebel fighters -- mostly defectors from the Syrian Army -- are situated in concrete and cinderblock houses pockmarked by bullet holes, their weapons pointed across the valley at the Syrian military below.

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UN Body Names Syria Investigator

UN Body Names Syria Investigator | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The UN's top human rights body has appointed a special investigator to probe abuses in Syria and criticized that country's crackdown on opposition protesters.
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Syria not in civil war but situation grave: ICRC

GENEVA (Reuters) - The humanitarian situation in Syria is serious but the country does not qualify as being involved in a civil war as the armed resistance lacks organization, the International Committee...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Crazy Person!

Assad gives a Gaddafiesque interview to Barbara Walters, and gets offer to host his own talk-show on Comedy Central, sending Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert into fits of angst and consternation.

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Syria isn't Libya: Obama must consider bolder intervention

Before the calls come to commit US forces to an intervention in Syria, the Obama administration must take a hard look at what happened in Libya. The politically safe, low-risk, low-reward intervention in Libya shouldn’t be repeated in Syria.
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West warns Syria against storming rebel city

BEIRUT (Reuters) - France called on world powers to save the Syrian people on Saturday as it joined the United States and Britain in raising an alarm that President Bashar al-Assad's forces may be about...
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Explaining Russia's Policy Towards Syria

Explaining Russia's Policy Towards Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
By Dr.Theodore Karasik Some observers of the Moscow-Damascus relationship point out that arms sales and the strategic positioning of a loyal Kremlin cl...
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Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus

Syria conflict threatens Iraq consensus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Conflict could jeopardize the fragile consensus in Iraq at the very moment U.S. troops are exiting.
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Turkey: We won't allow Syria to threaten security of region

Turkey: We won't allow Syria to threaten security of region | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Turkey has said that it does not want military intervention in Syria but that it is ready for 'any scenario', including setting up a buffer zone inside Syria.
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Gunfire spreads fear at Turkey-Syria border

* Syrian guards shooting at any movement at border -residents * Turkish truck drivers say threatened by Syrian troops * One says bodies of five soldiers lay on the road 

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Inside Syria: lightly armed townsfolk take on tanks as army closes in

Inside Syria: lightly armed townsfolk take on tanks as army closes in | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Exclusive: As Assad's forces near a town that has lost 11 fighters, the resistance, although afraid, prepares to fight again...
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Factional Splits Hinder Drive to Topple Syria’s Assad

Factional Splits Hinder Drive to Topple Syria’s Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tensions are rising between a rebel army and Syria’s main opposition group over the group’s insistence that the rebels limit themselves to defensive action.
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Syria Comes of Age

Syria Comes of Age | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Each day, for 268 days, there have been the same videos: Syrians coming come out of the woodwork, filling alleys in previously quiescent neighborhoods. They have become experts in the art of protest, employing ornate signs and candles to call for the end of Bashar al-Assad's regime and, increasingly, the president's execution. They are killed in steadily increasing numbers -- more than 4,000 by last count, according to the United Nations.

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In Syria, Expelling the Peacemakers

The Syrian government should not be allowed to silence those who seek a peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians.
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Arab League chief says ball is in Syrias court

Arab League sec.-gen. says Syria should sign peace plan to avoid sanctions; Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs.
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South Sudan in withdrawal demand

South Sudan in withdrawal demand | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
South Sudan demands that Sudanese troops withdraw from a border town in Unity state, which the army spokesman said was occupied over the weekend.
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A Brutal Detention, And A Defiant Syrian Activist : NPR

By day, "Ahmed" worked a regular job; by night, he protested against the Syrian government.
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