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Syria Government Detains Hundreds In New Crackdown

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country Monday, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out the nationwide revolt engulfing the country. President Bashar Assad has dispatched army troops and tanks to crush the seven-week uprising that […]

Saudi Arabia: This is who we are

HASSAN BIN YOUSSEF YASSIN | ARAB NEWS Stability of monarchies is in sharp contrast to the failure of Arab republics Napoleon Bonaparte once said that monarchy was the most sensible and effective form of government. In any history or course on political theory in the West, it is taken for […]

Syria’s Umayyad Mosque: A symbol of pluralism

By CHRISTIAN C. SAHNER   It’s Friday and the weekly congregational prayer has just ended at the Umayyad Mosque, Syria’s most famous monument. As the faithful exit, they walk past an unassuming bit of masonry on the mosque’s southern wall: a Greek inscription above a blocked doorway, with a most […]

“All believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and be mindful of your duty to Allah that you may be shown mercy.” (Sura 49:11)

and: “In case two parties of the believers fight against each other, bring about reconciliation between them. If, however, one of them persists in belligerence and transgresses against the other, bring your collective might to bear upon the one that transgresses to force him until he agrees that his dispute […]

Press Release: Syria Government must not allow Syria to become the next state for foreign intervention by denying its citizens’ legitimate grievances.

HRC is deeply concerned by the escalating situation in Syria, including the deaths of protestors and security personnel, and the deepening social polarisation. Syria has been at the forefront of forging an independent bloc in the region, that has stood by the Palestinian cause and repelled foreign intervention in the […]

Saleh’s intransigence jeopardizes GCC deal

By SAEED AL-BATATI | ARAB NEWS SANAA: A tirade from Yemen’s embattled president on Friday threatened to scupper the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) efforts to end the political deadlock in the country. Ali Abdullah Saleh told a mass rally of supporters on Friday that he would resist calls to quit, […]

16 killed in Syria protests, rights group says

BASSEM MROUE Associated Press= BEIRUT (AP) — A human rights group says Syrian security forces have killed 16 people during widespread protests. Thousands of protesters held rallies Friday in major areas across the country, including the capital, Damascus, and its suburbs. Ammar Qurabi is the head of the National Organization […]

Army Officer, Four Policemen Martyred in Homs

(The Syrian Government version): May 06, 2011 Damascus, (SANA)-A military source said that an armed criminal group attacked on Friday a military checkpoint, the police and security forces west of Baba Amr near al-Sultaniyeh Bridge in Homs. The terrorist group fired at the checkpoint members, killing Officer Ahmad Hallaq and […]

FBI – The ten most wanted

It is interesting, that in the FBI’s ‘Ten most wanted’ there is no mention of Usama bin Laden being sought for the 9/11 attack. Could it be because they did not have sufficient evidence? (Just a thought…) USAMA BIN LADEN Murder of U.S. Nationals Outside the United States; Conspiracy to […]

Cautiously optimistic

The signing of a reconciliation accord in Cairo between Fateh and Hamas promises the start of a new era in the inter-Palestinian relations. One, nevertheless, expresses optimism timidly; this is not the first time Fateh, the mainstream faction in the West Bank, and Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, have […]