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  • Heart of Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    June 6, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    In the constant argument that is Middle East politics it is very rare to achieve anything like universal agreement, but no one can begrudge what Hazem Chehabi did.

    He quit. 

    Since Chehabi resigned last week as honorary consul general of Syria in Southern California, he has...

  • Assad says Houla killings monstrous, crisis will end

    June 3, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned on Sunday the “abominable” massacre of more than 100 people in Houla, saying even monsters could not carry out such acts, and promised a 15-month-old crisis would end soon if Syrians pulled together.

    Assad repeated earlier pledges to...

  • Timeline: Violence in Syria

    June 1, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Following is a timeline of events in Syria since protests began.

    2011

    March 15 - About 40 people join a protest in Old Damascus, chanting political slogans in a brief first challenge to the ruling Baath Party before dispersing into side streets.

    March 18 - Security forces kill...

  • U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

    June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

    Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in...

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  • United Nations: Syrian forces face prosecution for Houla

    June 1, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Syrian forces and pro-government militia accused of committing a massacre in Houla could face prosecution for crimes against humanity, the United Nations said on Friday and rights experts said Syrian authorities had directly ordered torture.

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights...

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