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Aug 15, 2011
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Analysis – Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem

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The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power. The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Yet so far, there is no sign of a tipping point that would assure success for protesters, as in Tunisia and Egypt, where millions took to the streets to topple autocratic leaders. But sectarian killings in the city of Homs last month may be a foretaste for a country with an ethnic and religious mix and a long history of repression by the Alawite-led security forces.

Aug 1, 2011

Syria’s Assad embarks on path of no return

London (Reuters) – By sending tanks to crush dissent in the city of Hama, where memories of a bloodbath in 1982 that killed 20,000 people are still vivid, embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has chosen a path of no return.

The Assads have been repeatedly warned by the United States, European Union and Turkey against any attempt to repeat the massacre of Hama, where Bashar’s father Hafez Al-Assad put down an Islamist revolt by razing whole neighbourhoods of the city.

Aug 1, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s Assad embarks on path of no return

London (Reuters)- – By sending tanks to crush dissent in the city of Hama, where memories of a bloodbath in 1982 that killed 20,000 people are still vivid, embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has chosen a path of no return.

The Assads have been repeatedly warned by the United States, European Union and Turkey against any attempt to repeat the massacre of Hama, where Bashar’s father Hafez Al-Assad put down an Islamist revolt by razing whole neighborhoods of the city.

Jul 27, 2011

Yemen president won’t give up power by force: minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who escaped an attempt on his life by opponents, will only cede power through the ballot box and the country will descend into civil war if he is forced from office, his foreign minister said.

A popular uprising against Saleh’s 33-year rule, high profile defections, and an assassination attempt in June which left him with severe burns and forced him to undergo eight operations have all failed to persuade him to give up.

Jul 27, 2011

Yemen president won’t give up power by force: official

By Samia Nakhoul

(Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who escaped an attempt on his life by opponents, will only cede power through the ballot box and the country will descend into civil war if he is forced from office, his foreign minister said.

A popular uprising against Saleh’s 33-year rule, high profile defections, and an assassination attempt in June which left him with severe burns and forced him to undergo eight operations have all failed to persuade him to give up.

Jul 26, 2011

Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem

LONDON (Reuters) – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Jul 26, 2011

Analysis: Syria faces slide into sectarian mayhem

LONDON (Reuters) – The popular upheaval in Syria is growing bolder and the cracks in the establishment are getting deeper — yet there is a long and bloody road ahead if protesters are to unseat President Bashar al-Assad and end his family’s 40 years in power.

The price of stalemate is rising daily: sectarian mayhem, a growing protest movement and a faltering economy, with no sign that Bashar and his minority Alawite clan are considering an exit strategy after four decades in power.

Jun 16, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s Assad loses his grip to hardliners

LONDON (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad is losing control to his hardline relatives, his forces are overstretched, his government is running out of money and the revolt against his rule is gathering support and funding.

Given all this, analysts and Syrian-based diplomats say the international community is starting to plan for a Syria without the Assads.

Jun 8, 2011

Syria’s crisis begins to go international

DUBAI (Reuters) – The increasingly bloody crisis engulfing Syria has started to go international.

A French initiative in the U.N. Security Council to secure condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s repression of protesters is just one symptom of growing world alarm.

Jun 8, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s crisis begins to go international

DUBAI (Reuters) – The increasingly bloody crisis engulfing Syria has started to go international.

A French initiative in the U.N. Security Council to secure condemnation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s repression of protesters is just one symptom of growing world alarm.