Category Archives: Syria

Syria Sends Mixed Signals to Demonstrators in Homs

Protestors in Syria were subjected to a strong mixture of concessions with repression as government forces clamped down on demonstrators in Homs, Syria’s third largest city, leaving at least two dead on Tuesday. The demonstrators had rallied together to create one of Syria’s largest gatherings, an Egyptian-inspired sit-in at the city’s largest public square only… Continue Reading

Assad Appoints Safar to Assemble New Government in Syria

President Assad Appoints Adel Safar In order to help calm the violent atmosphere among protestors against the rule of President Bashar Assad of Syria, the president appointed Adel Safar, a former minister of agriculture, to put together a new government. This move is part of several attempts at reform on the part of Assad which… Continue Reading

Syria’s Slaughter

Bad news for Syria this weekend, following the slaughter of 40 people by the country’s security forces in an effort to “clamp down on the protests against [President Bashar Assad’s] regime.” The country’s demonstrators are now fighting for the abdication of Assad along with his regime’s demise, quite a step-up from the “constitutional changes” they… Continue Reading

Assad Appoints Safar to Assemble New Government in Syria

President Assad Appoints Adel Safar In order to help calm the violent atmosphere among protesters against the rule of President Bashar Assad of Syria, the president appointed Adel Safar, a former minister of agriculture, to put together a new government. This move is part of several attempts at reform on the part of Assad which… Continue Reading

Gaddafi Succeeds in Fight for Sirte

Reversing gains made by rebels in the past several weeks after NATO forces gave air support to Libyan rebels; Gaddafi’s loyalist forces took Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown, in their continuing advance east, blocking the way of the rebels’ westward push. Rebels were forced back to Bin Jawad, a town which they had taken on Monday, and… Continue Reading

Is Assad in Denial Concerning His Job Security?

As activists in Tunisia inspired the protestors in Egypt, so too will Egyptian demonstrations motivate rebellion in Syria. The truth behind this piece of street wisdom is far from clear, with analysts saying that quite the opposite is closer to the reality.  Certainly Syrian President Assad feels confident that his people are satisfied with his… Continue Reading

Syria Shuts Down Internet as Fear of Internal Unrest Rises

As unrest in Arab countries continues to spread from Tunisia to Egypt, governments are cracking down on one of the chief ways activists have been organizing their protests, and that is by shutting down the internet.  Syria joined Egypt in disrupting its internet service as a pre-emptive action. By such a move the Syrian leadership… Continue Reading

The Syrian Government Is Preparing For Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Business Deals.

PPPs assign public services and projects to private companies. These partnerships are becoming more prevalent in Syria and other countries due to the fact that private firms are more disciplined and efficient than the Government agencies. In addition, private companies can fund projects that governments can’t finance. Developing countries should allocate about 10 percent of… Continue Reading