Since violence first erupted in Syria last spring, the city of Homs has been a flashpoint between government forces and pro-democracy demonstrators. More recently, military defectors have taken up armed resistance against snipers who patrol the streets. Entire neighborhoods have shut down.
Protestors in Yemen have managed to politically isolate longtime U.S. ally President Ali Abullah Saleh. Yet Saleh still manages to hang on. One hundred demonstrators have died, including four on Tuesday. The U.S.
In a speech to the Syrian nation today, President Bashar al-Assad said foreign conspiracies, media distortions and the hand of Israel are to blame for uprisings in his country. The Syrian protests have resulted in at least 60 deaths, according to human rights groups.