Syria Deeply, Covering the Crisis

Syria Deeply is an independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists that explores a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Our goal is to build a better user experience of the story by adding context to content, using the latest digital tools of the day. Over time the hope is to […]

US closes embassy in Syria – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

The US has closed down its embassy in Syria and pulled all of its employees out of the country, amid reports that the Syrian military is intensifying its assault on the central city of Homs. via US closes embassy in Syria – Middle East – Al Jazeera English. This is usually one of the final steps before an attack. […]

Russia proposes draft resolution on Syria

After Russia (along with China) vetoed a resolution on Syria back in October, the UN Security Council has remained in a stalemate. This week though, Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN, introduced a draft resolution on Syria that while not strong, does put some pressure on the al-Assad government to end the attacks […]

Is Syria preparing for a new Hama Massacre?

The last major uprising against an al-Assad regime in Syria ended with a massacre in the city of Hama. Reports differ as too how many people actually die. The Syrian Human Rights Committee says 30,000. Journalist Robert Fisk says 20,000. Even the Hafez al-Assad regime admitted to1,000at the time. Are we headed down a similar […]

Bashir al-Assad denies killing his own people

Bashir al-Assad comes off as pretty crazy in an interview. Hell he even says “No nation in the world kills its people unless it is led by a crazy person”, which almost sounds like an admission. In the interview excerpt lasting just over three minutes, Ms. Walters’ questions probe whether Mr. Assad feels guilty: “I […]

Hamas Removing Staff From Syria – WSJ.com

Hamas ordered the departure of nearly all its staff at its Damascus headquarters by next week following pressure from Turkey and Qatar, two regional allies trying to isolate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid an eight-month crackdown on antiregime protests, according to a Hamas official. via Hamas Removing Staff From Syria – WSJ.com. This is an […]

Syria continues delaying and stalling

A spokesman for Walid al-Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, said he had “responded positively” to the league demand, which was backed by the threat of sanctions, and sent a letter to the organisation’s chief Nabil Elaraby on Sunday night. … “In it, Syria accepts that the Arab League sends observers to monitor the situation on the ground in Syria. […]

How Effective will the Arab League Sanctions on Syria be?

The Arab League is trying to pressure Syria to end the violence against its citizens and has agreed to implement sanctions if al-Assad doesn’t agree to allow peace keepers in. But it’s going to be hard for them if its own members don’t comply. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from neighbouring Jordan, said she […]