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27-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Violence and turmoil in Syria reached critical levels on Friday and Saturday, with over 120 killed in the demonstrations. Troops and tanks were deployed to Daraa early this week in an effort to snuff out the city's unrest and international condemnation of the events here has taken on new dimensions, with the International Committee of Jurists pushing for members of the Syrian government to be brought before the UN's International Criminal Court and the US moving forward with legislation to freeze the assets of, and impose targeted sanctions against, government officials. Activists estimate that 453 civilians have been killed in Syria since March 15.

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20-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

In the last eight days, the security environment in Syria has taken a significant turn for the worse. After-prayers protests last Friday were reported by some to have reached their largest numbers since the inception of unrest in Syria on March 15. Though there were few reports of violence on Friday, there were grave reports of violence Sunday through Tuesday - irregardless of President Bashar al-Assad's conciliatory address to the cabinet on Saturday April 16.  

In the News
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13-04-2011

Syria's Protest Movement

Over the course of the last week, the Syrian government announced a number of reforms intended in part to appease the country's Sunni Muslim majority.

In the News
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05-04-2011

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Fraught with troubles, the events of last week were significant as they suggest that recent unrest in Syria is unlikely to come to an end in the near future. 

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30-03-2011

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The past week marked a critical turning point for Syria – a reality lost on neither Syrians nor the international community. Turbulence in the country was again among the primary foci of international news and analysis. 

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23-03-2011

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The unrest so prevalent throughout the Middle East in recent months arrived in Syria last week. Following small rallies in Damascus on March 15th and 16th, namely to demand the release of political prisoners, a total of 33 protestors were detained.
In the News
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16-03-2011

Regional Unrest

In the last week, the surge in violence in Libya and to a lesser extent, Bahrain and Yemen, ensured that international media coverage of the recent uprisings in the Middle East remained intense.

In the News
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09-03-2011

Regional Unrest

Unsurprisingly, given the revolutions and protests unfolding in states across the Middle East, international reportage on the region in recent weeks has been dominated by coverage of regional unrest. Media reports on Syria from the United States and Europe evince a fascination with the calm that nevertheless abounds here.