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Jan 20, 2014 Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime

QUOTE: The bodies in the photos showed signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing....A complex numbering system was also used to catalog the corpses, with only the relevant intelligence service knowing the identities of the corpses. It was an effort, the report says, to keep track of which security service was responsible for the death, and then later to provide false documentation that the person had died in a hospital.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 02, 2013 U.N.'s Syria death toll jumps dramatically to 60,000 plus

QUOTE: It's "truly shocking" and shameful, said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who blamed the international community for inaction. "Collectively we have fiddled at the edges while Syria burns," she said. "While many details remain unclear, there can be no justification for the massive scale of the killing highlighted by this analysis."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 05, 2012 Rape is shredding Syria's social fabric

QUOTE: Honor killings, forced marriages and divorce are just a few of the ways shame is destroying lives in Syria. There is also suicide when the shame becomes too much to bear....The unending "dishonor" and manipulation of Syrians through sexualized violence is committed by all sides, although the majority of our reports indicate government perpetrators.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 23, 2012 World shouldn't stay silent in face of Syrian regime's brutality

QUOTE: The very fact that an indigenous internal struggle for democracy could emerge in one of the worst police states in the Arab world and be sustained for so long is both mind-boggling and inspiring. The heroic struggle in Syria today represents the best of the human spirit. It is fundamentally about the most basic political value we take for granted in the West, the right of a people to self-determination.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 27, 2011 Security forces fire on protesters in Homs, witnesses say

QUOTE: The Arab League fact-finding team is visiting Syria this week to assess whether the government is upholding a commitment to end a brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, now in its 10th month. The observers are monitoring an Arab League initiative that calls for President Bashar al-Assad's security forces to withdraw from cities, release detainees and end all forms of violence.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 13, 2011 Beirut Bank Seen as a Hub of Hezbollah’s Financing

QUOTE: an intricate global money-laundering apparatus that, with the bank as its hub, appeared to let Hezbollah move huge sums of money into the legitimate financial system, despite sanctions aimed at cutting off its economic lifeblood....While law enforcement agencies around the world have long believed that Hezbollah is a passive beneficiary of contributions from loyalists abroad involved in drug trafficking and a grab bag of other criminal enterprises, intelligence from several countries points to the direct involvement of high-level Hezbollah officials in the South American cocaine trade.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2011 Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Protesters on Syrian Border

QUOTE: Israeli forces fired at pro-Palestinian protesters on the Syrian frontier on Sunday as they tried to breach the border for the second time in three weeks, reflecting a new mode of popular struggle and deadly confrontation....Israeli officials, who say they tried every nonlethal method of crowd control at their disposal before resorting to live fire, worry about being cast as the villain but admit they are in a bind.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2011 Syrian Forces Shoot at Protesters in Dara’a Siege

QUOTE: Hundreds tried to march to [Dara, Syria--Ed.], either to break the siege or to bring food and medicine. As they approached, reportedly carrying olive branches and white sheets to signal their peacefulness, security forces opened fire.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2011 Syria Escalates Crackdown as Tanks Go to Restive City

QUOTE: “The government has decided to choose the path of violence and repression…” Tanks had not previously been used against protesters, and the force of the assault suggested that the military planned some sort of occupation of the town.

New York Times
Apr 22, 2011 Security Forces Kill Dozens in Uprisings Around Syria

QUOTE: Security forces in Syria met thousands of demonstrators… killing at least 81 people in the bloodiest day of the five-week-old Syrian uprising… The breadth of the protests painted a picture of turmoil in one of the Arab world’s most authoritarian countries.

New York Times
Jan 25, 2011 Ousted Lebanese Leader Swallows Rivals’ Bitter Pill

QUOTE: Betrayed, he called himself after the choice of Hezbollah, Najib Miqati, was named as the prime minister designate on Tuesday. A victim of his own lies, say his foes, who engineered his ouster by bringing down his government this month. Perhaps it was both, in a place one politician called “a chemical equation, not a country.”

New York Times
Jan 13, 2011 For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly

QUOTE: Hezbollah and its allies acted on longstanding threats Wednesday to bring down Lebanon’s national unity government in a dispute over a United Nations-backed tribunal, which is expected to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination of a former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy

QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 The law changes. Will attitudes? Honour killings in Syria

QUOTE: It is still common, in Syria and throughout the Middle East, for men to murder female relatives deemed to have besmirched the family’s moral standing

Jun 19, 2008 Israel Open to Deal With Lebanon on Disputed Land

QUOTE: Israel offered on Wednesday to start direct peace talks with Lebanon, saying all issues would be negotiable including a tiny piece of Israeli-held land on the countries’ border that Israel has long argued does not belong to Lebanon but that the Lebanese say is theirs....However, in the past the Lebanese government has consistently opposed negotiations with Israel, saying the Israelis must first return the disputed piece of land.

New York Times
Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Dec 19, 2007 Unprepared Government Strands Returning Iraqi Refugees

QUOTE: The government’s widely publicized plan to run free buses from Damascus, Syria, to Baghdad was suspended after just two runs. Thousands of Sunni refugees get no aid because they fear registering with the Shiite-led government. While aid organizations are distributing emergency packets that include utensils, blankets and food, deeper structural issues, like securing neighborhoods, supplying housing and creating jobs, remain unresolved and largely unaddressed.

New York Times
Dec 02, 2007 Chilled: Where Living in Fear Starts at the Top

QUOTE: France, once Lebanon’s ruler, left a system that favors the Christians: The president is a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni; Parliament’s speaker is a Shiite and seats are allocated by sect. To keep the balance, there has been no census since 1932.

New York Times
May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
Jan 27, 2007 Tortured Man Gets Apology From Canada

QUOTE: The prime minister of Canada apologized Friday to Maher Arar and agreed to give $9 million in compensation to the Canadian Arab, who was spirited by U.S. agents to Syria and tortured there after being falsely named as a terrorism suspect...Harper and Arar both criticized the United States for its refusal to accept the exhaustive Canadian inquiry that found Arar was an innocent man.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2007 Hezbollah Leads a Fiery Strike: Lebanon Violence Is Worst Since Start of Protest; At Least 3 Dead

QUOTE: The Hezbollah-led opposition cut roads in Beirut and across Lebanon with burning tires, uprooted trees, incinerated cars and barricades to enforce a strike Tuesday aimed at toppling the government, paralyzing the country....An overextended army, hewing to a policy of neutrality, rarely intervened to break the blockades, effectively ensuring the success of the most dramatic escalation yet in the two-month campaign led by Hezbollah, the militant Shiite organization, to force the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Washington Post
Dec 05, 2006 Offering Video, Israel Answers Critics on War

QUOTE: Israel’s military, which has been accused of abuses in its war against Hezbollah this summer, has declassified photographs, video images and prisoner interrogations to buttress its accusation that Hezbollah systematically fired from civilian neighborhoods in southern Lebanon and took cover in those areas to shield itself from attack.

New York Times
Aug 08, 2006 Lebanon's Proposals Change Dynamics: Arab Delegation to Meet With Security Council as Bush Urges Swift Action

QUOTE: Lebanon's government, including cabinet ministers belonging to Hezbollah, voted unanimously on Monday to deploy 15,000 troops in the south along the border with Israel....Lebanon also proposed that Shebaa Farms, a disputed territory where Hezbollah and Israel have waged their most intense confrontation for six years, be handed over to U.N. custody until the border between Lebanon and Syria can be determined.

Washington Post
Feb 10, 2006 Danish Premier Faults Iran, Syria: Governments Using Cartoon Controversy as 'Distraction' From Their Own Crises, He Says

QUOTE: Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark said Thursday that the governments of Iran and Syria had intentionally inflamed Muslim protests against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad to distract attention from their own diplomatic crises.

Washington Post
Jan 02, 2006 Mothers Press Issues of War That Lebanese Want to Forget: Loved Ones Still Missing From Years of Conflict

QUOTE: ...Lebanese society has yet to confront, much less resolve, the legacy of the most cataclysmic event in its modern history -- the 1975-90 civil war. Fifteen years later, that conflict is still shrouded in silence. Under a 1991 amnesty law, all but a handful of killings were placed beyond prosecution. History textbooks address nothing more recent than 1975. And many factional warlords serve in government, their portraits staring down on streets they once wrecked.

Washington Post
Dec 13, 2005 Report Says Syria Interfered in Hariri Probe

QUOTE: Syria has interfered with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri by burning intelligence archives and intimidating a key witness who had tied senior Syrian officials to the killing...

Washington Post
Sep 23, 2005 Syria Seeking Deal In U.N. Hariri Probe: Investigation Into Killing Deepens

QUOTE: Syria is trying to negotiate a deal to prevent punitive action by the United Nations if the Damascus government is linked to the Feb. 14 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister...

Washington Post
Sep 22, 2005 Lebanese President Should Resign, Prime Minister Says

QUOTE: Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said...that President Emile Lahoud had been imposed on Lebanon by Syria, and that the majority of Lebanese, including his own Christian community, now oppose him.

Washington Post
May 22, 2005 Lebanon's Election: Free but Not Fair

QUOTE: With Syria gone, Lebanon's elections will be free, but they won't be fair. In Lebanon, Muslim votes, especially Shiite votes, count less than those of Christians.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2004 Many Helped Iraq Evade U.N. Sanctions On Weapons

QUOTE: As part of its stealth effort to evade U.N. sanctions and rebuild its military, the Iraqi government under President Saddam Hussein found that it had no shortage of people around the world who were willing to help.

Washington Post
Sep 25, 2004 Syria's Baathists Under Siege: Party Reformists Seek Reduced Size, Influence

QUOTE: Since the revolution that brought it to power 41 years ago, the nearly 2 million-member [Syrian Baath--Ed.] party has grown into a parallel government, monitoring education, political and economic policy through a network of committees from the national to the village level. Assad is slowly dismantling the system of privileges the party has accumulated...

Washington Post
Mar 29, 2004 Follow-Up To Kofigate

QUOTE: At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2003 Deported Terror Suspect Details Torture in Syria: Canadian's Case Called Typical of CIA

QUOTE: A Canadian citizen who was detained last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a suspected terrorist said Tuesday he was secretly deported to Syria and endured 10 months of torture in a Syrian prison.

Washington Post
Nov 10, 2001 Longer Visa Waits for Arabs; Stir Over U.S. Eavesdropping

QUOTE: groups and organizations representing American Muslims said the new requirements amounted to profiling by religion or nationality, a shift to methods they called antithetical to American values....Robert E. Hirshon, the president of the American Bar Association, said that the new eavesdropping regulation clearly violated the Constitution's guarantees...

New York Times
Nov 05, 2001 How Afghanistan Went Unlisted As Terrorist Sponsor

QUOTE: But since 1996, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the nation harboring Osama bin Laden has never made the department's list of terrorist-sponsoring countries.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.

New York Times
Oct 26, 2001 We Are All Alone

QUOTE: why did we have so many allies in the gulf war against Iraq? Because the Saudis and Kuwaitis bought that alliance. They bought the Syrian Army with billions of dollars for Damascus. They bought us and the Europeans with promises of huge reconstruction contracts and by covering all our costs. Indeed, with the money Japan paid, we actually made a profit on the gulf war...

New York Times
Sep 24, 2001 The Mideast is Also Changed

QUOTE: The secular elites among the Palestinians and other Arabs, as well as the political moderates and the middle classes, have too often allowed anger, fear and a sense of helplessness to mute their protest against the horrific suicide bombings that have killed innocent civilians...

New York Times
Sep 21, 2001 Hama Rules

QUOTE: ...a generation of Muslims and Arabs have been raised on such distorted views of America that...America has been vilified as the biggest enemy of Islam.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2001 'Jihadistan'


QUOTE: Religious fanaticism.... when it merges with economic and cultural despair....the world's first "virtual nation," perhaps best called "Jihadistan." They recognize no borders save those of the Umma, the Islamic world...

Washington Law & Politics
May 07, 2001 Pope, in Damascus, Reaches Out for Unity With Mosque Visit

QUOTE: John Paul II today became the first pope ever to set foot in a mosque....throughout his three-day visit to Syria, local leaders made even bolder efforts to press the Roman Catholic Church to make common cause against Judaism.

New York Times