Syria Newslinks 1 August 2011

1 August 2011 —

EU adds to sanctions on Assad

No end in sight to Syrian clashes Today at 16:51
Reports of heavy casualties during clashes between the Syrian army and opposition supporters have whipped up a wave of disapproval around the globe. While there are small signs that violence may be receding, an end to…

VIDEO: Condemnation grows over Syria violence:
BBC New Today at 13:43
There is growing international condemnation over the worsening violence in Syria, as human rights groups say around 140 people were killed on one of the bloodiest days since an anti-government uprising began more than four months ago.

West threatens Syria with fresh sanctions over bloody Hama crackdown

Syrian tanks renew attack on Hama
BBC News Today at 11:58
Syrian security forces renew attacks on the city of Hama on the second day of a crackdown on anti-government protesters, activists and witnesses say.

Moscow urges Syria to stop using force against civilians Today at 11:38
Moscow has voiced serious concern over the situation in Syria, where over a hundred civilians were killed north of the capital Damascus in a violent crackdown on protesters pleading for political reforms in the country.

Army cordoned off entrances in Syria’s Hama to eliminate barricades: paper
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 11:37

Syrians must be left to resolve their internal conflict – Russian diplomat Today at 08:06
There seems to be no end to the civil uprising in Syria. Violent clashes continue, despite proposed reforms and the efforts of mediators. RT discusses the situation with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Protests in Syria leave scores dead
Strategic Culture FoundationToday at 07:16

US condemns ‘brutal’ Syria attack
BBC News Today at 01:07
Barack Obama condemns the Syrian military’s ‘brutal’ crackdown on opposition protesters, after one of the bloodiest days of unrest since March.

Syria: William Hague says no possiblity of military intervention
William Hague said that military intervention in Syria is “not a remote possibility” as he called on the international community to exert stronger pressure on Bashar al-Assad’s regime. By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent Speaking on Radio …

Syria, Libya and Middle East unrest – Monday 1 August
The Guardian
10.21am: Activists in Syria had promised to use Ramadan to increase the intensity of their protests. Activists intend to exploit the increased daily attendance at mosques, which have over the past five months acted as gathering points for protests …

Unrest, gov’t crackdowns, rising food prices cast pall on holy month of …
Washington Post
By AP, CAIRO — From Syria to Libya and Egypt, the uprisings and unrest gripping the Arab world have cast a pall on the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when the traditional focus on piety will likely be eclipsed by more unrest. …

Calls for UN meet on Syria as Assad praises troops
Jakarta Globe
Calls mounted for an emergency UN meeting on Syria Monday after troops killed nearly 140 people in one of the deadliest days so far and the regime praised the army for “foiling” the country’s enemies. Rights activists said Sunday’s death toll included …

Syria Waits for Ramadan
Middle East Online
Hama is not all of Syria. This town of 500000 people has made trouble since Syria gained independence in 1946. It was bombed flat in 1982 after an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, and became a focus of attention once again when the uprisings began …

Hariri condemns killings in Syria
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned Sunday’s killings in Syria which left over 140 dead. In a statement, Hariri said he considered the events as being in “conflict with all intentions to see brotherly Syria and its proud people overcome …

Imperialists — hands off Syria!
Workers World
This is an open threat to the people of Syria. It is a clear signal that progressive forces in the US must give priority to combating this imperialist intervention no matter how they evaluate the Assad government. Nothing could be more harmful to the …

Syria: Responsibility to express outrage
Lowy Interpreter
But nowhere has Australia mentioned R2P with regard to Syria, even though it was trotted out with monotonous regularity in the lead-up to the intervention in Libya. Yet if this address by the Foreign Minister is any guide, Syria meets the threshold for …

Japan not worried by “group of death”
Saturday’s draw in Brazil saw Japan drawn alongside North Korea, Uzbekistan and Syria in Group C of Asian qualifying, and while Zaccheroni’s men – as reigning Asian champions – are still favourites to qualify, they face a tougher route than some of …

Video From Deadly Raids in Syria –
In video images posted on YouTube and other social media, the extent of the violence is graphic and harrowing, with footage showing what appears to be the indiscriminate shelling of Hama.

Another Obama warning on Syria: ‘I am appalled’ –
By Andrew Malcolm
Obama warns Syrian regime again over its violence response to demonstrations.

Syria Regime Condemned By Obama
By The Huffington Post News Team
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is stepping up his criticism of Syria’s crackdown on protesters, charging that the Syrian president is “completely incapable and unwilling” to respond to what Obama calls the legitimate grievances of …

#RamadanMassacre in Syria | UN Dispatch
By Mark Leon Goldberg
Earlier today, I noticed an eerie hashtag, #ramadanmassacre, from scores of Twitter users I follow for news out of Syria. Read more.

The Killing Fields of Syria | FrontPage Magazine
By Rick Moran
President Bashar Assad’s bloody crackdown on protesters who are now openly seeking regime change took an ominous turn over the weekend. In the city of Hama, an armored attack on thousands of protesters killed at least 150 civilians on …

Dozens killed as Syria army storms Hama: doctor – World news …
Syrian army tanks stormed the city of Hama at dawn on Sunday, killing at least 24 civilians, residents said, after besieging it for nearly a month to crush …

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