Bashar al-Assad http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19855/all en Syria: Protests erupt after Assad speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110620/syria-protests-bashar-al-assad-speech <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; Responses to the speech, which was dominated by vague and noncommittal language, varied between disappointment and outright anger.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110620/syria-protests-bashar-al-assad-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Middle East Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:58:45 +0000 GlobalPost 5652421 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: What motivates an Assad supporter? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110624/syria-protests-assad <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; A sense of denial permeates much of the capital city, where shopkeepers hotel clerks insist that all is well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110624/syria-protests-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Middle East Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:39:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5655063 at http://www.globalpost.com More refugees from Syria flee to Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5655073 HATAY, Turkey — Syrian troops surrounded a makeshift refugee camp on Thursday just across the Turkish border<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5655073" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria Conflict Zones Military Middle East Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:42:59 +0000 Jodi Hilton 5655073 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of refugees from Syria, including soldiers, flee to Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110624/syria-turkey-refugees-news-protests-assad <p> HATAY, Turkey &mdash; More than a dozen Syrian soldiers fled to Turkey on Friday. A local trafficker said that of the 14 soldiers who defected, two were colonels in the Syrian army.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110624/syria-turkey-refugees-news-protests-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Middle East Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:04:00 +0000 Jodi Hilton 5655075 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's "thug-in chief" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110626/syria-protests-crackdown-maher-assad <p> BEIRUT &mdash; Known as &ldquo;thug-in-chief,&rdquo; Maher al-Assad has become the de facto power in Syria, leading his troops around the country to kill protesters threatening his family&rsquo;s 41-year-old dictatorship.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110626/syria-protests-crackdown-maher-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Middle East Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:47:33 +0000 Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand 5660545 at http://www.globalpost.com Three killed in fresh Syrian rallies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110701/three-killed-fresh-syrian-rallies <p> The protests came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a democracy conference in Lithuania that the clock was ticking for Assad, who would continue to see &ldquo;increasingly organised resistance&rdquo; to his crackdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110701/three-killed-fresh-syrian-rallies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria Middle East Fri, 01 Jul 2011 15:25:00 +0000 News Desk 5665562 at http://www.globalpost.com A Syrian soldier speaks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110701/syria-soldier-hama-protests <p> DAMASCUS &mdash; An army conscript based at a military airport in northern Syria confirmed for GlobalPost that military commanders are working to prevent large-scale defections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110701/syria-soldier-hama-protests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Middle East Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:12:00 +0000 GlobalPost 5665708 at http://www.globalpost.com Syrian leader sacks governor following mass protests http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110702/syrian-leader-sacks-governor-mass-protests-Al-assad <p> The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described protests in Hama, where tens of thousands of people took to the streets, as &ldquo;the biggest demonstration since the Syrian Revolution broke out&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110702/syrian-leader-sacks-governor-mass-protests-Al-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria Conflict Zones Politics Middle East Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:41:00 +0000 News Desk 5668122 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Tanks, warships kill 24 people in military assault on Latakia port city http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110814/syria-protests-news-latakia-port-shelling <p> The death toll in Syria has reportedly escalated in the first half of the holy month of Ramadan.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110814/syria-protests-news-latakia-port-shelling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Dictators Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:20:00 +0000 News Desk 5673119 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria: Obama joins calls for Bashar al-Assad to step down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110818/obama-syria-bashar-al-assad-step-down-un-latakia <p> &ldquo;For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside,&rdquo; Obama says in the statement issued by the White House.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110818/obama-syria-bashar-al-assad-step-down-un-latakia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Obama Syria United Nations World Leaders Conflict Zones Diplomacy Middle East United States Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:35:00 +0000 News Desk 5673409 at http://www.globalpost.com The graffiti that launched a revolution http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/the-graffiti-launched-revolution <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New video appears to show the anti-Assad graffiti of school children whose arrest triggered the Syrian uprising. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> As GlobalPost reported in April, Syria&rsquo;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 <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/syrian-opposition-hails-us-eu-call-assad-go">global powers</a> calling for an end to the four-decade dictatorship.</p> <p> <strong>Read: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110423/syria-assad-protests-daraa">Syria: how it all began</a></strong></p> <p> Now a recently uploaded <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I62oqAaknL8&amp;ref=nf">video</a> 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, &lsquo;Down with the corrupt regime;&rsquo; &lsquo;Freedom freedom,&rsquo; &lsquo; Bashar is the dog of Iran,&rsquo; &lsquo;Death but not humiliation,&rsquo; &lsquo;Get out Bashar child killer,&rsquo; &lsquo;Topple the treacherous Assad&rsquo; and &lsquo;With blood and our souls we support you Hama.&rsquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/the-graffiti-launched-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Syria Middle East The Casbah Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:09:40 +0000 GlobalPost 5673512 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria protesters encouraged by success of Libya rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110822/syria-news-assad-libya-gaddafi-protests-rebels-emboldened <p> &quot;Gaddafi is gone, now it&#39;s your turn Bashar!&quot; crowds in Syria chanted, buoyed by news of rebel gains in Tripoli.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110822/syria-news-assad-libya-gaddafi-protests-rebels-emboldened" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad Libya Muammar Gaddafi Need to Know Syria Conflict Zones Middle East Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5673682 at http://www.globalpost.com Only Syria airs Gaddafi’s rants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/only-syria-airs-gaddafi%E2%80%99s-rants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After Libyan state TV has been taken over by rebels, Syrian television is the only willing party to act as the colonel’s mouthpiece. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> For anyone interested in Colonel Muammar Gaddafi&rsquo;s rants, only Syrian owned television channels still offer the service.</p> <p> &ldquo;Qaddafi has spoken in two audio messages since losing control of the capital, Tripoli, this week,&rdquo; writes <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-25/qaddafi-turns-to-syria-to-keep-propaganda-machine-going.html ">Bloomberg</a>.</p> <p> &ldquo;(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.</p> <p> &ldquo;Cleanse Tripoli of the rats,&rdquo; Qaddafi said yesterday. &ldquo;Let the crowds march everywhere to Tripoli.&rdquo; Days earlier, he released another rambling message via Al Oruba in which he also called on his loyalists to defeat his opponents.</p> <p> Qaddafi&rsquo;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 <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110714/syria-protests-sanctions-us-france">Assad&rsquo;s assets</a> and impose an arms embargo on Syria.</p> <p> &ldquo;By allying himself with Qaddafi like this, Assad is risking alienating himself further from the international community and the Arab community,&rdquo; said Lina Khatib, who manages a program on Arab reform and democracy at Stanfor University, in a telephone interview today. &ldquo;We may see this situation escalate as the Qaddafi regime crumbles.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/only-syria-airs-gaddafi%E2%80%99s-rants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad Egypt Libya Gaddafi War Muammar Gaddafi Syria The Casbah Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:38:13 +0000 GlobalPost 5674009 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria sanctions? Try mixed messages. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110902/syria-sanctions-oil-european-union-EU-bashar-al-assad <p> BRUSSELS &mdash; 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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110902/syria-sanctions-oil-european-union-EU-bashar-al-assad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring Bashar al-Assad European Union Syria Conflict Zones Diplomacy Europe Global Economy Middle East Fri, 02 Sep 2011 19:01:00 +0000 Teri Schultz 5674541 at http://www.globalpost.com Inside Syria with the BBC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/inside-syria-the-bbc Remarkable 17 minute report from inside Syria by BBC reporter.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/inside-syria-the-bbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad BBC Home Homs Newsnight Occupy World Syria Europe Middle East United Kingdom Europa GlobalPost Blogs Tue, 18 Oct 2011 06:59:00 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5678278 at http://www.globalpost.com