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Arab League suspends Syria over protest crackdowns

The Arab League will recognize the Syrian opposition unless President Bashar al-Assad's government ends its "continued killing" of civilians, according to a statement.

Homs: arming against the onslaught

HOMS — Human Rights Watch says attacks on civilians in Homs by Assad’s security forces, including torture and unlawful killings, constitute crimes against humanity.

Syria death toll passes 3,500, UN says

Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman with the UN agency, told reporters in Geneva that "the brutal government crackdown on dissent" is to blame for the 3,500 deaths.

Syria: Tanks open fire in Homs despite peace deal (VIDEO)

Tanks opened fire Thursday in Homs, Syria, despite an Arab League peace deal agreed the day before. Activists say at least 7 civilians have been killed, including a child.

Meet the Free Syrian Army

The Free Syrian Army is a fledgling fighting force calling for international arms as they seek to replicate Libya’s rebels and bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Inside Syria with the BBC

A remarkable look at violent, daily life in the capitol of the Syrian rebellion Homs
Remarkable 17 minute report from inside Syria by BBC reporter.
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Syria sanctions? Try mixed messages.

BRUSSELS — New Syria sanctions take effect on Saturday, but existing contracts can be maintained until Nov. 15. Many fear the death toll will rise between now and then.

Only Syria airs Gaddafi’s rants

After Libyan state TV has been taken over by rebels, Syrian television is the only willing party to act as the colonel’s mouthpiece.
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The last friend in the world still willing to listen? Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (Left) allows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (Right) to rant on Syrian TV. (KHALED DESOUKI/Staff/AFP/Getty Images)

For anyone interested in Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s rants, only Syrian owned television channels still offer the service.

“Qaddafi has spoken in two audio messages since losing control of the capital, Tripoli, this week,” writes Bloomberg.

“(B)oth aired by a privately owned network called Al Oruba TV. It is linked to Arrai TV, a Syrian-based television station owned by former Iraqi lawmaker Mishan Jabouri.

“Cleanse Tripoli of the rats,” Qaddafi said yesterday. “Let the crowds march everywhere to Tripoli.” Days earlier, he released another rambling message via Al Oruba in which he also called on his loyalists to defeat his opponents.

Qaddafi’s links to Syria may put further pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, who has been crushing anti-regime protests in his own country for the past five months. The U.S., Britain and France seek to freeze Assad’s assets and impose an arms embargo on Syria.

“By allying himself with Qaddafi like this, Assad is risking alienating himself further from the international community and the Arab community,” said Lina Khatib, who manages a program on Arab reform and democracy at Stanfor University, in a telephone interview today. “We may see this situation escalate as the Qaddafi regime crumbles.”

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Syria protesters encouraged by success of Libya rebels

"Gaddafi is gone, now it's your turn Bashar!" crowds in Syria chanted, buoyed by news of rebel gains in Tripoli.  

The graffiti that launched a revolution

New video appears to show the anti-Assad graffiti of school children whose arrest triggered the Syrian uprising.
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‘Topple the treacherous Assad’. A video on Youtube shows the graffiti which sparked the Syrian uprising. (YouTube)

As GlobalPost reported in April, Syria’s uprising began when school children sprayed graffiti on a wall in the southern city of Daraa calling for the downfall of the regime. Their arrest and torture lit the spark for escalating protests that have engulfed Syria for the past five months and now has global powers calling for an end to the four-decade dictatorship.

Read: Syria: how it all began

Now a recently uploaded video claims to show that school in Daraa where the uprising began. As the video pans across, it shows the walls of the school now covered in anti-regime graffiti with messages reading, ‘Down with the corrupt regime;’ ‘Freedom freedom,’ ‘ Bashar is the dog of Iran,’ ‘Death but not humiliation,’ ‘Get out Bashar child killer,’ ‘Topple the treacherous Assad’ and ‘With blood and our souls we support you Hama.’

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