Syria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19540/all en Will Syria follow in the path of Egypt? Or Libya? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110321/syria-protests-unrest-egypt-libya-bashar <p> Like Egypt before its revolution, Syria has been ruled for decades by a single party, which employs a security service that maintains an iron grip on its citizens</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110321/syria-protests-unrest-egypt-libya-bashar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria Middle East Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:22:00 +0000 News Desk 5632250 at http://www.globalpost.com Protests and violence sweep through Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110325/syria-protests-unrest-assad <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; The Syrian government is following the playbook of Libya, Bahrain and Yemen as protests sweep the nation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110325/syria-protests-unrest-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Middle East Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:47:00 +0000 News Desk 5633284 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Pledge to review emergency law unlikely to quell protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110331/syria-assad-middle-east-protests-emergency-law <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; Syrians worry that new pledges of political and legal reform are just hollow promises.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110331/syria-assad-middle-east-protests-emergency-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Middle East Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:06:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod 5634555 at http://www.globalpost.com Why Syria loves its president http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110401/why-syria-loves-its-president <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; A calculated cult of personality, a fierce secret police network and a government monopoly on media has kept Syria under wraps for decades.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110401/why-syria-loves-its-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Middle East Fri, 01 Apr 2011 17:43:00 +0000 News Desk 5634791 at http://www.globalpost.com Who are Syria's secret security forces? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110407/syria-ghosts <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; Many say that a shadowy security force, likely loyal to Syria&#39;s president, is instigating sectarian violence among pro-reform demonstrators.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110407/syria-ghosts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Middle East Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:52:26 +0000 Hugh Macleod 5636097 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria’s cyber revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110412/syria-protests-internet-revolution-twitter-facebook <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; A growing network of activists is using social media to break the bonds of Syria&rsquo;s police state.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110412/syria-protests-internet-revolution-twitter-facebook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria Middle East Lebanon Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:03:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod 5637221 at http://www.globalpost.com Opinion: New laws needed to protect social media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110413/facebook-twitter-social-media-revolution <p> The use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter is transforming political activism. But authoritarian governments are already catching on.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/opinion/110413/facebook-twitter-social-media-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring Egypt Facebook Libya Syria China Opinion Technology Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:48:16 +0000 Kenneth Roth 5637470 at http://www.globalpost.com Damascus hit by mass protest Friday (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110415/syria-damascus-protest-friday-pimps-video <p> Protesters were reportedly met in Damascus by security forces firing tear gas and beating demonstrators with batons.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110415/syria-damascus-protest-friday-pimps-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Fri, 15 Apr 2011 19:16:00 +0000 News Desk 5638029 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands demand overthrow of Syria's president at funeral of protesters (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110418/syria-assad-protests-washington <p> A report citing cables released by WikiLeaks says the U.S. State Deparment helped fund political opposition movements in Syria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110418/syria-assad-protests-washington" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Syria Middle East Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:02:24 +0000 News Desk 5638495 at http://www.globalpost.com Shots fired as Syrian anti-government protesters occupy city square (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110419/syria-assad-protests-homs-al-saa <p> The government calls the unrest an &quot;insurrection,&quot; blaming ultra-conservative Muslims who it says are openly calling for &quot;armed revolt.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110419/syria-assad-protests-homs-al-saa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Syria Middle East Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:43:00 +0000 News Desk 5638656 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria reportedly set to lift emergency rule http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110420/syria-emergency-rule <p> The chief of security police in Banias was dismissed Wednesday after a crackdown in his city on protesters led to the deaths of five civilians last week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110420/syria-emergency-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:05:00 +0000 News Desk 5639029 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Ending state of emergency does not stop human rights abuses http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110420/syria-emergency-law-assad-protests <p> BEIRUT &mdash; Security forces will remain immune from prosecution, judges will still be appointed by the ruling Baath Party and regime opponents will still be jailed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110420/syria-emergency-law-assad-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Middle East Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:08:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod 5639126 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: how it all began http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110423/syria-assad-protests-daraa <p> DARAA &mdash; The story of Daraa is the story of the Syrian uprising: A single act of brutality by Assad&#39;s secret police ignited protests that swept the country.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110423/syria-assad-protests-daraa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Middle East Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:51:00 +0000 Hugh Macleod and a reporter in Syria 5639745 at http://www.globalpost.com Daraa stormed by troops as Syria escalates crackdown (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110425/daraa-syria-crackdown-video <p> The Obama administration is taking its first steps to prepare for action against Assad&#39;s regime. White House officials are preparing to freeze U.S. assets of senior Syrian officials and deny them permission to travel to the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110425/daraa-syria-crackdown-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Tue, 26 Apr 2011 02:50:02 +0000 News Desk 5640210 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's capital tense as military fans out across country http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110427/syria-protests-unrest-un-security-council-assad <p> DAMASCUS &mdash;Security in Syria has deteriorated rapidly since April 22, when a violent government crackdown on protesters killed more than 100 people.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110427/syria-protests-unrest-un-security-council-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Middle East Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:29:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5640508 at http://www.globalpost.com