Posts tagged Syria

STOP THE BLOODSHED Syrians in Bucharest protest against the brutal crackdown by the regime of President Bashar Assad. The EU is to expand travel bans and asset freezes against members of Syria’s ruling elite.

STOP THE BLOODSHED Syrians in Bucharest protest against the brutal crackdown by the regime of President Bashar Assad. The EU is to expand travel bans and asset freezes against members of Syria’s ruling elite.

FORCED OUT Syrian refugees walk among tents at the Boynuyogun refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has said the UN’s failure to agree a resolution on Syria is “disastrous” for the country’s people.

FORCED OUT Syrian refugees walk among tents at the Boynuyogun refugee camp on the Turkish-Syrian border. Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has said the UN’s failure to agree a resolution on Syria is “disastrous” for the country’s people.

TIME TO GO A man draws a cross on a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Sofia against the Syrian regime’s brutal crackdown on its opponents.

TIME TO GO A man draws a cross on a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Sofia against the Syrian regime’s brutal crackdown on its opponents.

Israel’s lonely prosperity

It is difficult not to be struck by the contrast between the ‘Asian-like’ energy of Israel’s economy and civil society, and the purely defensive nature of its approach to political change, both within and outside the country, writes Dominique Moïsi. A recent law bars Israeli citizens from supporting Western boycotts aimed at reversing the country’s settlement policies and at backing an independent Palestinian state. While Israel has never been so affluent, dynamic and confident, it also has never been so isolated internationally.

Israel could have embraced the Arab Spring as an opportunity, rather than as a profound risk. If Arab citizens could transform their culture of humiliation into a culture of hope, perhaps they would be able to reconcile themselves with Israel’s existence. But Israeli leaders reacted purely negatively to the Arab upheavals. In their estimation, a complex regional environment has now become even more dangerous, making prudence even more urgent.

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EU expands Syria sanctions

The EU has responded to the increasing violence in Syria by imposing asset freezes and travel bans against five more officials. The move raises the total number of people and entities affected by EU sanctions to 39.

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EXPLOSION Emergency personnel gather at a military base in southern Cyprus after an explosion that killed at least ten people and knocked out the island’s largest power station. The munitions depot at the base contained explosives seized in 2009 from a ship travelling from Iran to Syria.
(Photograph by Reuters.)

EXPLOSION Emergency personnel gather at a military base in southern Cyprus after an explosion that killed at least ten people and knocked out the island’s largest power station. The munitions depot at the base contained explosives seized in 2009 from a ship travelling from Iran to Syria.

(Photograph by Reuters.)

NO SURRENDER A Syrian flashes V-sign in a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in the Hatay province.
(Photograph by Reuters.)

NO SURRENDER A Syrian flashes V-sign in a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Altinozu in the Hatay province.

(Photograph by Reuters.)