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BY YIQIAN ZHANG ANCHOR AUSTIN KIM You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy. Over the weekend, several thousand Syrians gathered to demonstrate against the government, and at least five people were killed when the military broke up the protests with gunfire and tear gas. The protests were sparked by the arrest of 15 children for writing revolutionary slogans on walls. (Video: euronews) Mourners called for “revolution” at the funeral of slain protesters. What will happen now? A writer for the Israeli paper Haaretz says Syrian protests could lead to reforms, but the government could also squash the uprising before it gains steam. “Contrary to what Assad has boasted, his country is not immune to the cries for change that have already toppled leaders in Egypt and Tunisia. But Syria's leadership, like that of Libya or Yemen, has no intention of relinquishing power. The question is how quickly the security forces will act…" A journalist from the region writes in Time Magazine- it will be difficult for Syrians to force the government to change, but there’s hope. “Syria was always going to be a tough nut for pro-democracy activists to crack. It is a country where NGOs and political parties … have long been banned; and where dissent, however mild, is viciously crushed … The barrier of fear Syrians must surmount is significant … but then again … so too are the opportunities.” An American Thinker blogger suggests the US challenge Syrian leader Bashar al Assad and lead a push for reform. “…from the standpoint of U.S. strategic interests, Assad's Syria … is arguably a bigger menace than Qaddafi's Libya.” The Syrian government is using a carrot-and-stick strategy to quell the protests -- following brute force with concessions, such as releasing combination the 15 arrested children and cutting the length of mandatory military service by three months. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
22 Mar 2011
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BY: SAMANTHA MCCLENDON ANCHOR: CHANCE SEALES You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy First it said yes -- then no -- now maybe. The Arab League says it fully supports the no-fly zone over Libya after first expressing uncertainty on Sunday. That -- after the League made the first call for a no-fly zone -- back on March 12th. “Today, the head of the Arab League criticized the international mission saying the strikes have gone beyond what the league had supported.” AMR MOUSSA: “What happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives. What we want is protection of civilians’ protection, not shelling more civilians.” info: WAGA FOX Now, Amr Moussa is clearing things up. He tells the Los Angeles Times he believes civilian protection is a unanimous goal for the U.N. and The Arab League. “‘‘[The Arab League] respects the U.N. Security Council resolution, and there is no contradiction.’” The confusion might be understandable says The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. After all, the Arab League represents a pretty disparate crowd -- and not one that traditionally aligns with the West. “Does anyone believe that the Arab League, whose members include Bashar al-Assad, the Saud family, Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh, Muammar Qaddafi ...and until a few weeks ago Tunisia's Ben Ali and Egypt's Mubarak, is a force for progressive politics and humanitarianism? That it would ever stand with the West when it was uncomfortable to stand with the West?” A reporter for NBC’s Today Show says that might explain why Moussa’s opinion appears to differ depending on which reporter you ask. JIM MACEDA: “Amr Moussa’s negative comments by the way were made in Arabic to an Egyptian journalist, but he sounded much more supportive when asked the same question and replied to the same question in English.” But a writer for Yahoo! News argues- the Arab League wants to have its cake and eat it too. “The Arab League can't have it both ways; it can't ask for help and then decry the deaths of civilians when Western air forces implement the no-fly zone.” And a blogger for American Thinker adds the Arab League is just being two-faced. “The Arab League has the staying power of a soap bubble. In 48 hours they will be calling themselves for a cease fire. And it should be noted, that nowhere in their statement urging a no fly zone did they mention regime change in Libya.” But hold on a second- writes Kevin Drum for Mother Jones- Moussa has a right to be hesitant about the no-fly zone. Operation Odyssey Dawn has turned out to be one heck of a military assault. “This may or may not be necessary to accomplish whatever it is that the coalition is trying to accomplish (that's less than clear at the moment), but it really does go pretty far beyond what the Arab League thought it was signing up for.” The Washington Post reports the Arab League may hold a meeting to discuss the no-fly zone. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
22 Mar 2011
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Amid the worst unrest it’s seen in decades - the government of Syria has resigned. That as President Bashar al Assad is widely expected to lift the country’s emergency law -- in place for almost 50 years. That’s the latest of the moves intended to appease protesters who’ve taken to the streets in recent weeks. Mr. Assad remains the national authority - but Al Jazeera reports protesters don’t expect the cabinet resignation to be the last concession. “This is expected to be a step in a series of steps people are expecting the president to announce to bring reform to Syria. And as officials here have been promising, to meet the demands of the protesters.” Other concessions already offered up, Mr. al-Assad has said he’d release some political prisoners, allow greater media freedom, and permit political parties. But a Middle East expert tells RT, he only intends to do the “bare minimum” to placate unrest -- and that might not end up being enough. “But we’ve seen that in other places before. Yes Syria is unique; it’s not exactly the same as Egypt or Tunisia, but too little to late actually seems to fuel the momentum of the demonstrators who feel insulted by the idea that you just have to tell them, there, there, go away. We’ll look after it, we’ll make some changes, but we know what’s best.” The BBC’s Jim Muir agrees, and he casts doubt on Mr. Assad’s ability to survive the upheaval. “No two Arab countries are the same, though they suffer from similar malaises. But if President Assad's Syria does manage to foster enough peaceful internal change and reform to defuse a popular uprising, it will be a first.” France 24 notes - Assad has his supporters - who turned out en masse Tuesday for a PRO-government counter-rally. “This fits with the fact that Assad enjoys a certain amount of popularity for opening up Syria economically. Cell phones, satellite television, high tech goods that changed people’s lives. these didn’t exist under the Syria under his father, who died in 2000.” Contrast that to Fox News’ Leland Vittert - on the ground in Syria - who points out video of those pro-government supporters was put out by state TV. Vittert casts a more skeptical light on Mr. Assad’s sincerity. “The other issue is to try and get independent journalists into Syria. We had a presidential advisor come out on television and say, all journalist are welcome, we'll grant visas immediately, apply. So far the promise has not been fulfilled by the Syrian government.” Mr. Assad is expected to deliver a televised address Wednesday. The Guardian’s Simon Tisdall says it’ll be his, quote, “day of reckoning.” “Whatever the reasons, and they are many, Assad faces a great reckoning when he steps up to speak. It could be a moment of unparalleled opportunity. Or it could prove to be a fatal next phase in his inexorable fall from grace.” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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BY ERIK SHUTE AND HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource headlines news analysis from Newsy. This is Newsy Now and here are the headlines you need to know. U.S. news — A new batch of secret U.S. documents have been released and this time... they’re about Guantánamo Bay. WikiLeaks obtained the more than 700 classified military documents last year. It was made available to several news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, through quote, “another source.” Some of the more shocking revelations include how authorities held innocent men for years, while releasing high-risk prisoners. In world news — the Taliban has freed more than 450 prisoners from an Afghan prison in the southern city of Kandahar. The breakout includes at least 100 insurgent commanders. Al Jazeera has more details. “A Taliban spokesman has told Al Jazeera that hundreds of fighters, including high-ranking commanders, made their getaway through a 350 meter tunnel. He said the escape plan has been five months in the making.” Still in world news — more violence in cities across Syria as the government continues its crackdown on protesters. euronews reports Human Rights Watch is now calling for a U.N. inquiry and international sanctions against the country. “In the suburbs of Deraa in Syria where protests flared last month. This unverified amateur video, say rights groups, with the army opening fire, is the latest evidence of the latest bloodshed by forces loyal to the government. At least 100 people are reported to have been killed since the start of the weekend, as protests continued despite President Bashar al-Assad ending the 48-year state of emergency in the country.” Also in world news — fresh NATO air strikes have heavily damaged Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli. The regime claims the strike was an attempt at the leader’s life. France 24 has more. “The damage was extensive. One of the rooms destroyed is reported to have been an office used by Gaddafi himself. In Washington on Sunday, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that Gaddafi’s inner circle should be targeted with air strikes, although it’s not yet known if this was an attempt by NATO to hit Gaddafi himself.” In the tech world -- an attack by hackers on Sony’s online gaming network is entering its fifth day. The company behind Playstation three has kept its players in the dark for almost a week and its 70 million-strong fanbase is rightfully annoyed. Slate explains more. “The timing couldn’t be worse since the outage coincides with popular releases such as Mortal Kombat, SOCOM 4, and the beta release of inFAMOUS 2. Speaking of infamous, the hacker group Anonomyous has been linked to the outage after the paralyzed a Playstation network eariler this month, but they claim its not them this time.” Stay with Newsy**** for more analysis on news throughout the day. For Newsy Now, I’m Jim Flink -- highlighting the top headlines making you smarter, faster. Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos for updates in your feed. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
26 Apr 2011
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July 11, 2011(1:56) Reports say supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacked US and French embassies in Damascus on Monday
12 Jul 2011
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June 20, 2011 (2:51) Al-Assad Won't Give into Protesters; UN Calls for Refugee Help Rick Perry Looks Like a Candidate; McIlroy Wins U.S. Open; Clarence Clemons Dead at 69
21 Jun 2011
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August 4, 2011 (3:02) Sydney Bomb Scare a Hoax?; UN Condemns Assad's Regime; 72 Suspects Nabbed in Child Porn Ring; OK Woman Claims D.B. Cooper fer Uncle; Bubba Smith Dies
5 Aug 2011
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Nikki Haley announced that US will not be satisfied until Assad is gone shortly after Bin Laden's rant.
15 Sep 2017
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The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the Syria Strikes from the truth-telling truth-tellers in the truthful government and true mainstream news! under 5 minutes!!
11 Aug 2018
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BY GARY COTTON ANCHOR ALEX HOLLEY You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy As violence escalates in Syria over anti-government protests, the United States is hardening its tone. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Monday the Obama administration is exploring the idea of increased sanctions against Syria. “We’re pursuing a variety of options including targeted sanction. What we’ve seen is that sanctions can put pressure on governments and regimes to change their behavior and I think that that would obviously would be a goal of this.” (ITN) But opponents -- like former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton -- say sanctions wouldn’t be strong enough. "I don’t think they will work. There purely for political rhetorical purposes, I don’t think we’ll they’ll slow the Assad regime down at all. What we ought to do is derecognize the regime not just pull the ambassador, but say ‘we don’t recognize this regime for Syria as a whole." Some in favor of stronger U.S. action say taking down President Bashar al-Assad’s regime would be a plus for the U.S. because of its close relationship with Iran. A blogger for The Washington Post lays out the possible advantages. “Hezbollah-occupied Lebanon would lose a patron and supply route, the mullahs in Iran would suffer a blow to their regional aspirations, and freedom and democracy in the Muslim world would get a tremendous boost. Aside from regime change in Iran, I am hard-pressed to think of a more positive development than regime change in Syria.” Others argue, these close ties are exactly why harsh action shouldn’t be taken. One writer for CNN describes Syria as quote- “the key piece in a regional Rubik’s cube.” “What happens in Syria sends waves, not ripples, far beyond its borders. And what Syria lacks in population and economic clout it more than makes up for as a regional crossroads -- bordering Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.” AFP reports Assad’s regime has rolled out tanks and snipers against demonstrators, killing at least 25 people in a key city. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
30 Apr 2011
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BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy 7,000 detained and 800 reported dead. Human rights groups say those are the estimated victims in the Syrian government crackdown... so far. And the figures could rise as the upheaval continues. “According to human rights activists, security forces have gone house to house detaining hundreds of suspected of organizing or participating in the massive protests, calling for the removal of the Syrian President Bashar Assad.” (Video: MSNBC) The Western press suggests it’s in the interest of Syria’s neighbors to keep Assad in power. The Guardian, for example, reports a Western diplomat working in Damascus is echoing an allegation the White House made last month: That Iran is supporting, or at least advising, the Syrian crackdown. “The diplomat pointed to a ‘significant’ increase in the number of Iranian personnel in Syria since protests began in mid-March. Mass arrests in door-to-door raids, similar to those that helped to crush Iran’s ‘green revolution’ in 2009, have been stepped up in the past week.” And CNN explains other ways Iran could possibly be helping to put pressure on pro-democracy protesters. “You know, most experts and administration officials say no, the opposition is actually really, really weak and not very well organized at all. ... And what this report is saying is that Iran's helping out with things like jamming communications systems, like handing over equipment that helps cut off modes of communication, and also, supplying the Syrians with things like tear gas...” A writer for The Atlantic says — Iran might not be the only country involved. There are also reports of Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia in the mix. These nations all seem to believe the stability of Assad’s strict regime keeps their regional interests safe. “...the fact that they are all in their own way hoping Bashar al Assad manages to hang tough [show] just how much these countries fear the transforming regional political landscape. Nothing creates stranger bedfellows than a common enemy: in this case, change.” A writer for Voice of America also attempts to explain the unlikely team of pro-Assad supporters. Using the metaphor of a lynchpin, the writer says these countries know -- the center must hold. “A lynchpin is defined as a ‘pin inserted through an axle tree to hold a wheel on.’ If the lynchpin falls out, the wheel comes off. Syria could be just such a lynchpin in the Middle East.” Despite giving hints of some reform, Assad is showing no signs of willingly ending his 11-year reign or easing up on protesters. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your newsfeed. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
10 May 2011
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Analysts say Bashar al Assad's government will most likely not follow in Gaddafi's footsteps, because it still yields considerable support.
26 Aug 2011
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