08.03.11

U.N. Condemns Syria

As the regime’s tanks stormed rebellious cities during the holy month of Ramadan, killing dozens, the United Nations turned up the diplomatic pressure. See video of the latest clashes.

After days of wrangling, the U.N. Security Council adopted a statement Wednesday condemning the violence in Syria, which, in its latest outburst, killed 45 people in Hama on Thursday. The statement “condemn[s] widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.” China and Russia originally blocked the motion because they said they feared it could pave the way for a military intervention like the one in Libya; they only agreed to it after language was added urging both sides to resist violence.

Forty people of those killed were shot to death by heavy shelling from the tanks, a witness told Reuters. Al Jazeera reported late Wednesday that three more were killed in Nawa.

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Why I Fled Syria’s Army

After fleeing with his family from Syria in fear of his life, a former officer in Bashar al-Assad’s military tells The Daily Beast’s Babak Dehghanpisheh of manipulation and brutality in the ongoing crackdown.

Escalating Violence in Syria Paralyzes the West

Washington and NATO rationalized its bombing of Libya on humanitarian grounds. Then why can’t anyone muster a threat against Syria? By The Daily Beast’s Michael Young.

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