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John McCain Calls For U.S.-Led Airstrikes On Syria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday knocked the Obama administration for being too passive in its response to Syrian violence and called for U.S.-led airstrikes on President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces.

“The time has come for a new policy,” McCain said during remarks on the Senate floor. “The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through airstrikes on Assad’s forces. To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country.”

McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the goal of airstrikes should be to create safe havens in the country for opposition forces to plan their own political and military attacks against Assad. The benefit of the United States leading the military effort, he said, is that it would allow the U.S. to better empower Syrian groups that support U.S. interests to move toward a democratic transition.

“If we stand on the sidelines, others will try to pick winners, and this will not always be to our liking or in our interest,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Syria Uprising: Arab League Chief Warns Of Civil War

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 14, 2012

BEIRUT — The head of the Arab League warned Friday that Syria may be sliding toward civil war, as security forces fired on thousands of people who poured into the streets in support of army defectors who switched sides to try to topple President Bashar Assad. At least 10 people were killed, activists said.

Also Friday, an activist group said two foreign journalists and a translator were briefly detained near the Syrian capital, Damascus. The group, the Local Coordination Committees, had no further details. Canada’s CBC broadcaster later said one of its reporters was briefly detained at a checkpoint, but has since been released.

The government has barred access to the country by most foreign media, except on a limited number of escorted trips.

Over the course of the 10-month-old uprising, much of the bloodshed has been from security forces firing on unarmed protesters. But in recent months breakaway soldiers have been attacking the Syrian military, and some opposition members have taken up arms against the regime, adding to the violence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Year In Photos: 2011 Uprisings And Protests

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2011

The day a young fruit-seller, tired of corruption and sick of constant humiliation, set himself ablaze in Tunisia, he also sparked a wave of protests that would rattle countries around the world. In 2011, people on nearly every continent took to the streets to express frustration with their leaders, parties, and ruling regimes. In several cases, 2011’s protests led to revolutionary changes.

In Egypt, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square defied a brutal regime crackdown and toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. The ousted president is currently standing trial in Cairo for corruption and killing protesters, while Egypt is in the midst of its first free and democratic elections.

Libya saw an end to four decades of rule by eccentric Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his family. In a spectacular game of cat-and-mouse, rebel fighters hunted down Gaddafi as they captured loyalist strongholds city-by city, ultimately killing the colonel and one of his sons near the city of Sirte.

In Yemen, protesters camped out daily in the streets of Sana’a, uncompromisingly demanding the resignation of president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Last month, the president promised to hand over power in a landmark deal. Saleh had ruled Yemen for 33 years.

However, protests in many other parts of the world rage on.

Inspired by the events in Egypt and Libya, Syrian demonstrators hit the streets in March 2011, demanding democratic reforms and political participation. Yet the regime of Bashar Assad has reacted by ordering a brutal crackdown that has left more than 5,000 people dead so far.

In 2011, pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain also were met with brutal violence. Demonstrators and medical professionals who took care of the injured were arrested and persecuted.

 

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Syrian President Bashar Assad Warns Against Western Intervention

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 30, 2011


The consequenc­es of this warning could cause another recession
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Syria: UN Human Rights Commissioner Calls For ‘Immediate Measures’ To Protect Civilians

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2011


The U.N.’s top human rights official urged the international community to take “immediate measures” to protect civilians in Syria as the death toll from seven months of anti-government unrest in the country rose above 3,000.

Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that the unrelenting crackdown by the government of President Bashar Assad could worsen unless further action is taken.

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Russia, China Veto Syria Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 5, 2011


Veto sometimes good and sometimes not
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Obama: Syrian President Assad Must Step Down

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 18, 2011


He must step down, but not sure who steps up s/he should step down again for another group. Many countries spoiled a lot due to this step down and step up game and people getting sick without any achievemen­t with this kind of game.
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Bashar Assad Speech Blames Crisis On ‘Saboteurs’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2011

BEIRUT — Syria’s embattled president said Monday his regime would consider political reforms, including ending his Baath Party’s monopoly on power. But Bashar Assad gave no sign he might step down, the key demand of nationwide protests.

The opposition immediately dismissed Assad’s speech, saying it lacked any clear move toward democracy. Activists said thousands of people took to the streets to protest in several cities.

Assad’s 70-minute, televised address was only his third public speech since the pro-democracy uprising began in March, inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. Much of his message was not new, including his claim that the unrest is being driven by armed thugs and foreign conspirators.

“Saboteurs” were trying to exploit legitimate demands for reform, he said.

“What is happening today has nothing to do with reform. It has to do with vandalism,” Assad told supporters at Damascus University, where he stood before red, white and black Syrian flags. “There can be no development without stability, and no reform through vandalism.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bashar Assad Sanctions Announced By U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 18, 2011


Then Obama got certificat­e to do there whatever he wants.
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Syria Troops Open Fire On Protesters, Witness Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 25, 2011


One more country with ……….­……in this year
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Syria Protests Continue As Thousands Take To Streets

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 21, 2011


Anyway still no no fly zone there.
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