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Beatings, Email Threats: Syrian Activists in US, Europe Targeted (video)

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Syria’s Economy Suffering

In another development indicative of the growing pressures on Assad’s regime, the Syrian government has revoked a ban on imports of consumer goods. The ban, which had only been imposed last week, had led to soaring prices on imported merchandise including such goods as cars, household appliances and food items and had outraged Syria’s business elite, which has so far supported Assad’s violent crackdown of protesters.

Syria’s economy has been adversely and severely affected by the crackdown, with a steep decline in investment and tourism. On top of this, the US and the European Union have imposed harsh economic sanctions on Syria, including an embargo on crude oil.

UN Resolution Blocked

However, a United Nations resolution to condemn the “grave and systematic” human rights violations in Syria — specifically, “arbitrary executions, excessive use of force and the killing and persecution of protesters” — was blocked by Russia and China on Tuesday. Syria is Russia’s main ally in the Middle East and Russia had said that it would not accept a resolution containing any mention of sanctions, which the US and other European countries have been seeking to impose. The resolution had already been watered down to say that sanctions could possibly be considered, while not actually calling for them.


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7:23PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

What a truly inspiring musician and humanist. There is hope for Syria, with such people speaking out.

1:22PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

@ William K. Are you referring to the Al Awalaki incident? If so, I agree with you. Its terrible.

10:30PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

I agree William K.

3:56PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thugs, that was what Assad's father was and he is following in his footsteps. The people in his regime should start working with the people against Assad or they should all eventually be arrested along with Assad and tried in the Hague.

1:24PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Sadly noted.

10:20AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

We got 'drones' for that, already tested on scumbag al-qaeda mujadeen. Or we can find some Israeli Maccabee descendants and let them celebrate a second Channukah by bumping off a Syrian (Salucid) tyrant again like they did the first time those @#*$s tried to invade. All refugees from Syrian government abuse should be allowed to sue al-Assad for damages for as much as they can get, and/or al-Assad should stand trial in Nuremburg.

8:20AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Cowards beating up seniors!

7:41AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

horrible. what heroes - beating elderly people in their own home. i hope the pianist's parents suffered no long term effects.

6:10AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

Thankfully the Russians and Chinese stepped in and vetoed any NATO action. Its unfortunate they didnt act similarily in Libya-tens of thousands of Libyans would still be alive.

And for Rice and her entourage to walk out of the UN because of this vote-GROW UP. Children behave more maturely.

11:48PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

How long the "reach!"

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