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A no-fly zone may be the only way to save Syria

A no-fly zone may be the only way to save Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bashar al-Assad decided almost a year ago that he’d rather burn his country to the ground than allow the Syrian people have a turn at real democracy.
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U.N. Votes to End Libya Intervention on Monday

The unanimous vote terminates the basis for the NATO military action against the defeated military of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and lifts other sanctions on the country.
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Yemen unrest likely to worsen shortage of food --UN

GENEVA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Yemen is at risk of falling into a deeper humanitarian crisis akin to Somalia's descent as political unrest has made it more difficult for many struggling Yemenis to afford food,...
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Ammar abdulhamin with Nobel Laureate Tawakkul Karman on Syria and Yemen at NYC

(Video in Arabic): Some might wonder why I was invited to speak at this event, well here is the “secret”: The Tharwa Foundation, which I have quietly established with my wife and colleagues back in Syria in 2003, has helped over the years train some Yemeni activists and our friend Munir Mawri, the official representative of the Yemeni National Council, who organized this event, remember that very well as he was involved in helping us in contacting these activists. He also remembers a conversation we had few years ago, in which he asked me what was the best scenario I envisioned for dealing with our totalitarian regimes, and I told him: “popular revolutions of course. I believe they are coming, I know our societies are ready for them, but let’s hasten their arrival anyway, and support them when they come.” Well, the revolutions are here, and activists like Tawakkul in Yemen, and Razan Zeituneh, Suheir Atassy and Muntaha Al-Atrash in Syria, are emerging as the heroines leading our way towards a better future. We need to do a better job supporting them and all our revolutionaries.

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U.N. calls for action against Syria

The U.N. human rights commissioner called on the international community to take steps to prevent a civil war in Syria.
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U.N.: Syria death toll tops 3,000

U.N.: Syria death toll tops 3,000 | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

While most in the Syrian opposition still reject military intervention, some now say it's a necessity. "What we have unfolding in Syria now is a two-tiered revolution: an armed insurrection and nonviolent protest movement, and the champions of both are morally justified in their position and they need our support," said Ammar Abdulhamid, a U.S.-based exiled Syrian dissident. He said external military intervention, including logistical and material support to the defectors, is a must to avoid a return to the status-quo. "Yes, we should fear civil war, we should fear the bloodshed resulting from militaristic adventurism, but we should fear a return to the status quo even more," he wrote in his blog Friday.

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SYRIA: U.N. veto not a 'blank check,' Russian official says

SYRIA: U.N. veto not a 'blank check,' Russian official says | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria: Moscow’s veto last week of a U.N. Security Council resolution targeting Syria was not a “blank check” for the government of President Bashar Assad, a senior Russian official said Monday.
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Security Council Fails To Agree On Syria Statement

Security Council Fails To Agree On Syria Statement | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Russia says it does not believe that the Syrian crackdown on opposition demonstrators constitutes a threat to international security.
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Libya to allow U.N. official visit besieged city

Libya to allow U.N. official visit besieged city | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday that the Libyan government has promised her access to the besieged rebel city of Misrata, but with no guarantees that the assault by Moammar Khadafy's forces would cease.
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Targeting Gaddafi is allowed by UN resolution, international lawyers say

Targeting Gaddafi is allowed by UN resolution, international lawyers say | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Law professor says phrase 'all necessary means' signals that Libyan leader is at personal risk from coalition's military action
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Gadhafi: UN Resolution on Libya 'Invalid'

Gadhafi: UN Resolution on Libya 'Invalid' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has sent urgent messages to world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as fighting raged in the rebel stronghold Benghazi.
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Libya: ceasefire declared in wake of UN resolution

Libya: ceasefire declared in wake of UN resolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libya has declared a ceasefire in the country to comply with a United Nations resolution passed overnight.
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UN Security Council Approves No-Fly Zone Over Libya

UN Security Council Approves No-Fly Zone Over Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The United Nations Security Council has approved a no-fly zone over Libya to protect civilians and rebels from Libyan government airstrikes
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Sec’y Clinton praises Yemeni Nobel winner, calls for revolution to bring democracy

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has heaped praise on the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and is calling for her revolution to succeed in bringing democracy to Yemen.
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It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The United Nations is celebrating a planet with seven billion people. But some projections now warn that the global population may actually start shrinking.

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Yemen fighting erupts as UN urges Saleh to go

At least 10 people were killed in fighting between Yemeni government forces and opposition fighters in the capital Sana’a on Saturday, residents and witnesses said.
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Yemeni Nobel laureate to UN: No immunity for Saleh

Yemeni Nobel laureate to UN: No immunity for Saleh | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yemeni Nobel peace laureate Tawakul Karman made an impassioned plea to the United Nations on Tuesday to repudiate a Gulf Arab plan that would grant immunity to her country's war criminal...
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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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Failing the Syria Test - Javier Solana - Project Syndicate

Failing the Syria Test - Javier Solana - Project Syndicate | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The veto by China and Russia of a UN Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria underscores grave divisions within the international community.
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Syria: U.N. Atomic Watchdog Director Says Bombed Syrian Site Was Reactor

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday that a target destroyed by Israeli warplanes in 2007 was a covertly built nuclear reactor, countering assertions by Syria.
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Security Council must refer Syria to the ICC

The UN Security Council must refer the situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said today, amid escalating government violence against protesters calling for reform.
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Syria Seeking Seat on Human Rights Council at UN Amid Turmoil

Syria’s government, accused of shooting peaceful protesters, is bidding at the United Nations for a seat on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council less than a month after Libya was suspended for attacking demonstrators.
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Libya: The UN strikes back

Libya: The UN strikes back | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
French jets yesterday struck the opening blow for United Nations intervention, the Libyan rebellion – and a very uncertain future – when they fired the first shots authorised by Resolution 1973. Within hours, more than one hundred missiles were fired from US and British warships on targets around Tripoli. Libyan television said there were civilian casualties, a claim hard to verify. But, given Colonel Gaddafi's placing of human shields inside military and regime areas, it was not impossible.
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UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya

UNHCR: Preparing For Worst Case Scenario in Libya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
To date, the UNHCR reports more than 300,000 people have fled Libya to neighboring countries
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Libyan rebels in Benghazi celebrate UN's historic no-fly zone vote

Libyan rebels in Benghazi celebrate UN's historic no-fly zone vote | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Residents of Libya's de facto rebel capital of Benghazi joined in a massive street party after the United Nations Security Council approved 'all necessary measures' to protect Libyans from Col. Muammar Qaddafi's forces.
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