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June 10, 2012

guardian

Russia is playing western democrats for dupes | Nick Cohen

Russia is playing western democrats for dupes | Nick Cohen

"Western efforts to find a solution in Syria are floundering thanks to misplaced deferenceThe failure of the west to utter a threat that might limit the slaughter in Syria is made flesh in the pitiful figure of Michael McFaul, the American ambassador to Moscow. Pitiful, but also ridiculous,..."


Russia backs Assad's departure 'if that is what Syrians want'

UN observers tour Damascus battleground – video

independent

More than a million need aid in Syria

"At least 1.5 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance in Syria, aid agencies said yesterday – evidence that the impact of what is now a civil war goes far beyond the probable 10,000 dead reported since the insurgency and protests began.Related StoriesMonitors find grim proof of..."


The state of Gaza: Five years after Hamas took power in the city, how has life changed for its citizens?

sky news

new: Exclusive: Details Of Co-Ordinated Attacks In Syria

"On Friday night an estimated 600 Syrian Free Army fighters simultaneously attacked Government targets from five directions around the capital.During the operation a bus carrying Russian oil workers was hit and rocket propelled grenades were fired at a building housing them.A civilian Syrian..."


npr

Free Syrian Army Linked To Damascus Attacks

"The violence in Syria continues to escalate as another massacre was reported this week. The gunfire and explosions has spread to Damascus, where heavy shooting and explosions were reported on Friday night. U.N. monitors issued a preliminary report on Saturday that includes disturbing details..."


voice of america

Activists: Syrian Troops Kill 52 Civilians in Saturday Attacks

Activists: Syrian Troops Kill 52 Civilians in Saturday Attacks

"Syrian activists say government forces killed at least 52 civilians in attacks across the country Saturday, as Syria's main exiled opposition group met in neighboring Turkey to pick a new leader to unify the movement. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's highest..."


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new: Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus

"BEIRUT (AP) — Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital of Damascus as troops battled rebels in the streets, a show of boldness for rebels taking their fight against President Bashar Assad to the center of his power. For nearly 12 hours of fighting that lasted into..."


yahoo news

new: Israel officials condemn violence in Syria

Israel officials condemn violence in Syria

Assad's Syria regime on 'last legs', says opponent

Rebels battle in Assad stronghold of Damascus

Rebels battle Syrian forces in Damascus

"Bullets and shrapnel shells smashed into homes in the Syrian capital overnight, as troops battled rebels in the streets, in the heaviest fighting yet in Damascus. The violence marked an increased boldness among rebels in taking their fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad to the..."


Intense shelling of southern Syrian city kills 17

google news

new: Hague: Syria is like 1990s Bosnia - Belfast Telegraph

"Belfast TelegraphHague: Syria is like 1990s BosniaBelfast TelegraphThe situation in Syria resembles Bosnia in the 1990s, Foreign Secretary William Hague said as he warned time was running out to stop the killings in the country. Mr Hague said it was now up to Russia to use its leverage with..."


Justifying Syrian intervention - Pakistan Observer

Assad's Response to Syria Unrest Leaves His Own Sect Divided - New York Times

'Appalling scene' of killings found in Syrian village - TODAYonline

Lebanese abductees in Syria appear in new video - Los Angeles Times

syria comment

The Shabiha State Causes Horror – the Unraveling is sure to Speed Up.

"The sectarian nature of the end-game is becoming ever more brutal and naked. The massacres at Houla and Mazraat al Kabir reveal the sectarian logic of the regime stripped down to its elemental barbarity. Bashar has nothing left but fear. Hafiz al-Assad build his state on traditional loyalties..."


روسيا اليوم

بيريز يأمل في انتصار المعارضة في سورية

بيريز يأمل في انتصار المعارضة في سورية

"دعا الرئيس الإسرائيلي شيمون بيريز المجتمع الدولي الى مضاعفة جهوده لحقن الدماء في سورية، معربا عن دعمه لقوى المعارضة. وقال بيريز في مقابلة مع الاذاعة الاسرائيلية الأحد 10 يونيو/حزيران قبل عشية توجهه الى واشنطن ان جهود الأسرة الدولية ليست كافية. بينما أكدت وزارة الخارجية الاسرائيلية ان تل ابيب مستعدة لتقديم مساعدة انسانية لمتضرري..."


صحيفة "القبس": مواطنون كويتيون يقاتلون الى جانب "الجيش السوري الحر"

google

جديد: انتخاب عبد الباسط سيدا زعيما للمعارضة وحصيلة قتلى الاحتجاجات "أكثر من 14 ألف شخص" - FRANCE 24 - Monte Carlo Doualiya

"عرب نت 5انتخاب عبد الباسط سيدا زعيما للمعارضة وحصيلة قتلى الاحتجاجات "أكثر من 14 ألف شخص"FRANCE 24 - Monte Carlo Doualiyaانتخب "المجلس الوطني السوري" المعارض خلال اجتماعه السبت بإسطنبول عبد الباسط سيدا زعيما جديدا له خلفا لبرهان غليون. وأفاد مرصد حقوق الإنسان أن حصيلة قتلى الاحتجاجات بلغت "أكثر من 14 ألف شخص" منذ مارس 2011. عبد الباسط..."


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