Syria Newslinks 21 August 2011

21 August 2011 —

21 August 2011
Syrian townspeople welcome army to rout “gangs” Today at 07:33
This week pressure has been mounting again on the Syrian leader Bashar Assad. The US and European leaders called on him to step down, but Russia refused to support the demand, saying Assad should be given time to…

Official: UN team in Syria to assess government crackdown
CNN International
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) — A UN humanitarian team arrived in Syria over the weekend to examine the effects of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown against anti-government protesters. The team is meeting with humanitarian and government officials …

Libya, Syria and Middle East unrest – live updates
The Guardian
Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is to appear on state TV later today for an interview in which he’s due to address demands from the US and EU that he stand down. The country’s state-run news agency said Assad would speak about his “future vision” …

PH prepares repatriation of 190 OFWs from Syria
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Embassy said it is already preparing the repatriation of 190 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) because of the ongoing strife in Syria. Consul Marlon Miranda told dzMM on Sunday they are even ready to pay the …

UK backs further Syria sanctions
BBC News
The UK will back further sanctions against Syria over alleged killings of anti-government protesters, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt has said. Syrian activists say 40 people were killed by security forces on Friday, despite official assurances …

Pressures in Syria affect Alawites in Lebanon
The National
“If everything was normal in Syria then I don’t care, but not under these circumstances.” Yousef, a 34-year-old from Jebel Mohsen, who works in downtown Tripoli, and did not want to give his surname, called the situation in the community tense. …

Syria: FIFA ban was Politically motivated
Day Press News
A statement by FIFA said that its Disciplinary Committee on 17 August declared the first-leg match of the Second Round (Syria-Tajikistan of 23 July 2011) to be lost by Syria by forfeit (0:3) due to an ineligible player in the Syrian team taking part in …

Syria diverting attention from internal unrest
The National
Provoking Israel is one way to distract public attention from what’s going on in Syria. In fact, Bashar Al Assad’s regime has previously tried but failed to ignite conflict with Israel to achieve the same purpose. In one instance, soon after the …

SYRIA: Troops caught on camera behaving very badly [Video]
Los Angeles Times
“Syria, God, Bashar and that’s it,” the soldiers shout as the bus continues along the road. Similar scenes were caught on video, probabaly also by government enforcers. In the clip below, uploaded to YouTube on June 12 and said to have been shot in the …

60 Filipinos want to leave Syria
NO SCHEDULE has been set yet for Filipinos who wanted to return to the Philippines in light of the worsening political situation in Syria, a government official said Saturday. Raul Hernandez, spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), …

James Zogby: Support Syria’s People
By James Zogby
The Arab League should make it clear that the Assad regime has lost whatever legitimacy it once claimed in the Arab World and promptly suspend its membership in the organization, declaring that the regime has forfeited the right to play …

Syria: Troops Shoot At Protesters, Two Dead
By The Huffington Post News Editors
BEIRUT — Syrian security forces fired on protesters in the central province of Homs on Saturday, killing two people and wounding at least eight, as President Bashar Assad pushed ahead with a brutal crackdown despite assurances to the …

Syria Under Fire Part-2 | Opinion Maker
By Raja Mujtaba
Sheikh Adnan is based in Saudi Arabia and is receiving an obscene amount of press from the House of Saud’s propaganda giant, Al-Arabiya, which is touting him as a ‘symbol of the Syrian Revolution.’

Syria condemns U.S. call for Assad to step down – Army News | News …
By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — A government owned Syrian newspaper on Saturday rejected U.S. and European calls for President Bashar Assad to step down, saying they revealed the “face of the conspiracy” against Damascus.

Harry’s Place » Boots stamping on human faces in Syria
By Gene
Harry’s Place – Liberty, if it means anything, is the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.

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