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.
Yesterday, Russia and China vetoed a measure in the UN Security Council that condemned the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Russians and Chinese, along with Brazil, India and South Africa, claimed that the Security Council's resolution on Libya was what led to a NATO-fueled civi
As of this month, anti-government protests in Syria have gone on for half a year. International support for President Bashar al-Assad has all but evaporated, with even his once-staunch allies demanding an end to his regime’s violence against dissidents.
After nearly five months of unrest and violence, it’s still unclear whether President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime will survive or fall. So far, human rights groups estimate that 1,700 people have died.
President Bashar al-Assad addressed the Syrian nation today for the first time in nearly two months. In his speech, Assad acknowledged some of the protesters’ grievances and warned about the damage the three-month old uprising has had on Syria’s economy.