Syria condemns US sanctions on Assad

The Syrian government has condemned the U.S. sanctions targeted President Bashar Assad. The U.S. announced on Wednesday it was slapping the sanctions on Assad and six senior aides for the country’s brutal crackdown that has killed more than 850 people since a popular uprising began in March.

US tells Assad, leave if you can’t lead

The US on Wednesday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to lead a political transition or step down from power as it imposed sanctions on him. “It is up to Assad to lead a political transition or to leave,” according to US government talking points distributed by the State Department.

Syrian Revolution 2011 calls for nationwide Strike on May 18

The Facebook group, The Syrian Revolution 2011, which boasts more than 178,000 followers and which has emerged as the organizing force behind the demonstrations that have been demanding “freedom” in Syria has called for nationwide strike this Wednesday May 18 .

Mea chief threatens to sue the pilots

Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines Chairman Mohammed al-Hout threatened on Thursday to sue MEA’s pilots who are on a 24-hr strike, describing their act as “illegal and arbitrary.” At a press conference, Hout revealed that the strike costs MEA $800,000 a day. He accused the pilots of failing to respect an agreement signed in 2008 in […]

MEA pilots go on strike

Pilots at Lebanon’s national carrier are striking at Beirut International Airport to press for demands for improved working conditions. Some 170 Middle East Airlines pilots began their 24-hour strike at 3 a.m. (0000GMT) Thursday. The strike by the pilots’ union forced the cancellation of 23 international flights to Mideast, European and African destinations and affects […]

Lebanon’s public transport drivers go on strike

Lebanon’s taxi and public bus drivers went on strike Thursday and blocked roads across Lebanon to protest rising petrol prices and condemn the cabinet’s neglect of the transportation sector. The strike was called by the Lebanese unions and syndicates for land transportation. They issued a statement calling on all public vehicle drivers in Lebanon to […]