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Why Does Syria See a Threat Coming from Tiny Lebanon?


 

Syria long has been accused of stirring trouble in the territories of its neighbors by exporting unwanted people across porous borders — Kurdish separatists into Turkey, Sunni insurgents into Iraq and Palestinian militants and Al-Qaeda sympathizers into Lebanon.

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The Damascus Spring


The Arab Spring has now reached the authoritarian and notoriously repressive Syria, long thought immune to such large scale protests and riots that have now shaken the hold of Bashar al Assad’s Baathist regime.

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Robert Fisk: 'The Arab awakening began not in Tunisia this year, but in Lebanon in 2005'


Revolutions don't start with a single dramatic event, such as the destruction of a church or a man's self-immolation.

Friday, 15 April 2011

 

First, to reports from the revolutionary front lines in Syria, in the same imperfect, but brave, English in which they were written less than 24 hours ago...

 

"Yesterday morning I went to the square to demonstrate, I arranged it with guys on Facebook, I don't know them, but we share the same ambition of freedom, that night I was awake until 6am watching the news, it was horrible what's happening in Syria, the security forces slaughter people as if aniamals !!!...

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Syria


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2011
 
Statement by the Press Secretary on Syria
 
We are deeply concerned by reports that Syrians who have been wounded by their government are being denied access to medical care. The escalating repression by the Syrian government is outrageous, and the United States strongly condemns  the continued efforts to suppress peaceful protesters.

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Russia + Syria + Hizballah = Hamas By Elliott Abrams


Council on Foreign Relations: Pressure Points Blog

Russia + Syria + Hizballah = Hamas
By Elliott Abrams
Monday, April 11, 2011


On April 6, Hamas terrorists fired a Russian Kornet laser-guided missile at a school bus in southern Israel.  How did Hamas get such a missile?

It turns out that Russia does not license others to produce this missile; every single Kornet is manufactured in Russia at the KBP factory. The KBP web site helpfully touts all the wonderful qualities of this weapon.

 

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is every bit as dangerous and thuggish


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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is every bit as dangerous and thuggish as his autocratic counterparts across the Middle East, yet for some reason Washington continues to embrace him

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