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June 17, 2012

guardian

The fear-filled minority sect that keeps Syria's struggling dictatorship alive

The fear-filled minority sect that keeps Syria's struggling dictatorship alive

"The descent into civil war has highlighted the crucial role of the Alawites, who make up just 12% of the population yet have held an iron grip on power for 42 years – and are sworn to defend the Assad regime until the bitter endThey live in a sliver of land about 30 miles wide, trace their..."


independent

Massive stage collapse before Radiohead concert kills one

"A massive stage collapse hours before a Radiohead concert was to begin left one person dead and three others injured, Canadian officials said. Related StoriesComing To America (to launder his millions?)Obama lifts deportation threat for 800,000 young illegal immigrantsUS weighing 'next steps'..."


Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have got away with it

Rio de Janeiro: Corporate giants pledge to go green

Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have gotaway with it

New successor sought as hard-line Saudi Crown Prince dies

france 24

Regime forces besiege Homs, 69 killed across Syria

Regime forces besiege Homs, 69 killed across Syria

"Troops pounded besieged districts of the central city of Homs as four people were killed across Syria on Sunday, a day after violence cost 69 lives, a watchdog reported.A civilian was killed in the rebel stronghold of Khalidiyeh, which, like other parts of Homs, was "being shelled and shot..."


SYRIA: UN observers suspend mission due to rising violence

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new: U.S. may have less Mideast clout, uses it with care

"WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Events in Egypt, Bahrain and Syria illustrate the limits of U.S. influence in the Middle East following the Arab Spring and a U.S. reluctance, at times, to exercise such clout as it has. Court rulings in Egypt and in Bahrain this week, analysts say, show the ruling authorities'..."


new: Regime forces besiege Homs, 69 killed across Syria

UN observers in Syria suspend activities

Both Syrian sides intensifying violence: U.N. monitor

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new: UK's task to prevent lethal cargo reaching Syria - Sydney Morning Herald

"RTUK's task to prevent lethal cargo reaching SyriaSydney Morning HeraldUnder the terms of the European Union arms embargo against Syria, there is a ban on the ''transfer or export'' of arms and any related brokering services such ...Canada 'deeply disappointed' UN..."


Not 'if' but 'when': US intervention in Syria on countdown - RT

'A high-risk game' in Syria - Al-Arabiya

The fear-filled minority sect that keeps Syria's struggling dictatorship ... - The Guardian

UN suspends Syria monitoring mission as violence escalates - National Post

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UN Suspends Mission as Syria Becomes Regional Proxy War

"In Syria’s Sectarian Battle, Who Are The Alawites? : NPR Renee Montagne talks with Professor Joshua Landis about the Alawite sect in Syria. The minority group is the power base for President Bashar Assad’s government. Landis is director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the..."


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جديد: 19 قتيلا في اعمال عنف في سوريا الاحد واستمرار القصف على حمص

19 قتيلا في اعمال عنف في سوريا الاحد واستمرار القصف على حمص

"بيروت (ا ف ب) - قتل 19 شخصا في اعمال عنف في سوريا اليوم الاحد، في وقت استمر القصف والحصار المفروض من قوات النظام على احياء في مدينة حمص في وسط البلاد.وذكر المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان في بيان قبل قليل ان حي الخالدية واحياء اخرى في مدينة حمص "تتعرض للقصف منذ الصباح من القوات النظامية السورية التي تحاول اقتحام هذه الاحياء". وكان مدني..."


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