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Syria finds itself in an increasingly murderous civil war. The majority of the people is suffering from repression and brutal onslaughts by the military and security apparatus, while the Free Syrian Army (FSA). essentially composed of deserted soldiers, is fighting desperately to weaken the regime, blowing up gas pipe-lines and vital infrastructure or killing security… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After having given a serious warning in mid-October to the Syrian regime and insisted on stopping violence against peaceful demonstrators the Arab League foreign ministers meeting in distant Morocco have decided to suspend Syrian membership as of November 16. On November 16, they gave Syria another three days respite in return for allowing an Arab… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After several days of intense negotiations, the conflicting Lebanese parties have reached a compromise that may help the country return to a minimum of internal stability. They have agreed on General Michel Suleiman to be elected as the Lebanese President within the coming few days and to form a coalition government with a total of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Syrian Contradictions

More than any country in the MED, Syria remains a harsh authoritarian regime. The hopes for an opening under the “young Assad” have long been dashed. Syria is a police state with severe repression of all those who dare to challenge the undisputed political and economic power of the wide Assad clan. It is much… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein