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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Syrain civil war escalates; average citizens paying the price! (VIDEOS)

Heavy gun battles and loud explosions could once again be heard and seen in the Syrian city of Homs as heavy artillery shelling continued to strike buildings in the Jouret al-Shayah neighborhood. The opposition blames government forces for the latest onslaught, though the authenticity of the footage cannot be verified. The reported escalation of violence comes a day after UN observers attempted to visit the conflict torn city. Anti-government forces claim at least 25 civilians have died across Syria on Tuesday, with the Syrian National Counci claiming up to 800 people have been killed over past week.  The group also estimates the overall toll of the conflict at 14,000 people.
For months the international community has been struggling to curb the violence in Syria. But while the world leaders continue to push its peace plan, it is ordinary citizens that have born the brunt of civil war and harsh foreign economic sanctions. The civil unrest in Syria is putting an estimated 1.4 million people at risk from hunger, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) reports. Tens of thousands have already crossed the border into neighboring countries to get access to food and water, while Syria imports almost half of its food for its domestic use, the UN says. Meanwhile, rising inflation generated by the international economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies continues to hit ordinary Syrians the hardest. Inflation stands at 30 per cent as of April 2012, while the country’s two most important economic sectors – tourism and oil – are flagging amid the unrest and economic sanctions, Reuters reports. Read More
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan (C) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) at the opening of a meeting on June 30, 2012, at the United Nations office in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)30.06, 21:11276 comments

Annan: Russia, West agree on transition government for Syria

The Syrian crisis is to be resolved by a transition government consisting of the current authorities and opposition leaders. The proposal was announced by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan after talks in Geneva.
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UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (L) shakes hands with Swiss foreign minister Didier Burkhalter at the opening of a session of the United Nation Human Rights Council on February 27, 2012 in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Cofrrini)27.02, 19:4733 comments

EU hits Syria with toughest-yet sanctions, recognizes SNC

The EU has recognized the Syrian National Council, one of the main opposition groups, as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people. The decision came as the EU ministers met in Brussels to slap Syria with its toughest set of sanctions yet.
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A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows smoke rising from a building in the Khalidiyah neighbourhood of the restive city of Homs on June 8, 2012. (AFP Photo/SNN)13.06, 04:27143 comments

Syria now in state of civil war – UN

Following 15 months of violence the Syrian conflict has now been described as a “civil war” by the UN peacekeeping chief. Coming as it does amid repeated attacks on UN observers the statement may endanger the whole peace plan in Syria.
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Exporting democracy can be dangerous – Pulitzer Prize nominee

Three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Martin Sieff says America’s foreign policy is misguided in its attempts to export “instant democracy” – and assumptions that the US model will work the same everywhere could have potentially dangerous consequences.
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Posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decorate a street in Jabal Mohsen area (AFP Photo / Joseph Eid)22.12.2011, 10:535 comments

Ordinary Syrians will bear brunt of sanctions

Arab League observers are due to arrive in Syria on Thursday as part of a plan to halt violence. That is after one of the bloodiest weeks since the beginning of the unrest, with more than 200 people having been killed in the last few days.

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