Though Syria’s government has put up a wall of denial, Syrian activists report that the city of Homs is still in the grip of a brutal crackdown. CNN reports stories of children shot in public, snipers roaming the street, and even a field clinic set up by opposition forces bombed. “The doctors died, the patients died,” an anonymous protester told CNN. “We are getting killed every moment,” another said. Diplomats are still mired in stalemate: Russia’s foreign minister arrived in Damascus today to a warm welcome from President Bashar al-Assad’s supporters. The Arab League, though, has expelled Syrian ambassadors.