Syria Crackdown

The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.

Harper Announces $90 Million In New Syria Aid

CBC | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada

Trade, taxes and transparency are on the agenda at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, but a major development came Monday when the U.S. and the Europe...

Dispatches From Damascus: I Get Searched In the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

He called me over and took my documents and after looking at them he asked me to wait while he used his walkie-talkie to summon a colleague. He suggested, and then insisted, that I sit on a plastic chair while we waited.

Dispatches From Damascus: The Old City Under Surveillance

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Syrian government has now established a permanent network of surveillance over the old city. One night recently I was strolling through the souq and saw a figure walking slowly ahead of me in the poorly-lit passage, an object dangling from their arm. When I drew within a few paces, he started and turned quickly to face me, watching me closely as I passed.

Dispatches From Damascus: A Bomb in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Sunday before last, a bomb exploded in Bab Touma Square in the middle of the morning, killing 13 people and injuring several others. While bombings of government targets and public spaces have become increasingly common over the last few months, this attack constituted the first of its kind in the old city since Syria's political crisis began in March last year.

Dispatches From Damascus: "Assad! -- Or We Destroy the Country"

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

To the East of the old city there is a busy road that tanks and other military vehicles often drive along as they travel between the nearest base and whichever suburb they happen to be fighting in on a given day. Recently, a friend saw a tank drive down this road in a convoy with some other vehicles. On its side its crew had had spray-painted, in big white Arabic letters, "Assad! -- or we destroy the country."

Twin Car Bombs Rip Through Syrian Capital

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT -- Twin car bombs struck intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital on Saturday, killing at least 27 people and wounding nearly ...

Canada Slams UN 'Paralysis' On Syria

CBC | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada is "disappointed in the extreme" by the UN Security Council's "paralysis" after Russia and China vetoed a resolution calling for S...

15 Civilians, 6 Troops Dead in Syria Clashes

CP | Zeina Karam, The Associated Press | Posted 02.17.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT - Clashes erupted in Syria on Sunday, killing at least 15 civilians and six government troops, activists said. Isolated and faced with a possib...

Syrian President Vows To Continue Bloody Crackdown

CBC | Posted 01.20.2012 | Canada

Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed to continue a bloody crackdown on opposition groups within the country, saying they are killing c...

A Regime's Websites Hosted By Canadian Servers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A report by a University of Toronto think tank says a number of Syrian government websites are being hosted by servers based in Canada.The r...