Reuters - Syria faces growing economic sanctions and condemnation over what the United Nations calls "gross human rights violations," but President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of buckling under pressure to end his military crackdown on popular unrest.
Harper and Obama discuss ‘grave concern’ over Syria
Envoys tell rebels West will strike ‘in days’: sources
New UN tests put off; US already blames Assad for gas
Syrian govt says would hit back, warns against attack
Russia opposes strikes, China recalls Iraq errors
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S.
Oil prices rose to a six-month high on Tuesday as Western powers readied a military strike against Syria, and traders and analysts cited concerns over stability in the Middle East.
Below are facts about Syria’s energy sector and why developments there matter to global oil markets:
Syria has not exported any oil since late 2011, when international sanctions came into force.
BEIRUT — In another blow to President Bashar Assad, his commander of military police defected.
The defector, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, is one of the most senior members of Assad’s inner circle to join the opposition during the 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule. He appeared in a video aired on Al-Arabiya TV late Tuesday saying the army has been turned into a gang to kill and destroy.
Over the weekend, the administration's damage control spin over Syria continued in full force. As Reuters reports, Obama, in an interview on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopolous," defended his handling of the Syria crisis and dismissed criticism of his zig-zag approach to the issue as an argument about style. Obama also said he and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had exchanged letters about the situation in Syria and that the Iranians understand the U.S.
Reuters - The main U.N. human rights forum condemned Syria's crackdown on protests on Friday and Royal Dutch Shell shut down oil work there because of EU sanctions, signs of the deepening isolation of President Bashar al-Assad.
Reuters - Swiss oil traders Vitol and Trafigura are supplying fuel to Syria, dealers said Friday, despite a bloody military crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad's security forces against protesters that has cost hundreds of lives.