BEIRUT, Lebanon – Members of Syria’s Druze community, a small but significant religious minority, are joining the opposition in bigger numbers, ramping up pressure on the beleaguered government of President Bashar al-Assad, according to opposition activists and rebel military commanders.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Cairo to attend a meeting of the Organization of Islamic States has sparked speculation that a warming trend in Iranian-Egyptian relations could realign Middle East alliances.
Why is the counter-revolutionary force stronger than the revolutionary force which is calling for a revolution in Lebanon similar to what we have seen elsewhere in the Arab Spring?
Allowing opposition figures to meet openly was an attempt to show the world Syria is serious about reform, if only it were true
By Ghassan Karam
So many of the regime apologists in Syria have stumbled on the phrase “evolution and not revolution” and have used it to great effect in scoring points against the critics of the Baath establishment.
Egyptian soldiers armed with clubs and rifles have stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a pre-dawn raid that reportedly killed at least two people, reigniting the simmering tensions in the country.
A blogger was jailed recently for “insulting the military.” Human rights advocates say that thousands of people have been arrested and tried before military courts in the last two months. Protesters have been tortured and female activists subjected to so-called virginity tests.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed former agriculture minister Adel Safar as a new Prime Minister and has asked him to form a government. Safar, a member of the ruling Baath Party, is expected to form a new cabinet this week.
Syria’s president Bashar al Assad addressed the nation to appease growing protests – but his words failed to ease Syrian anger.
Syrian security forces arrested dozens of people, rights groups said Saturday, after thousands marched in pro-democracy protests in unrest that has posed the gravest challenge to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.