» 06/21/2011, 00.00
Damascus Christian personality: change, but not at the price of civil war
Assad has denounced a plot against Syria and promised amendments to the Constitution. Opposition demonstrations against the president’s overtures, branded as "insufficient" even from his Turkish counterpart Gul. AsiaNews sources: the future is uncertain, the country is being subjected to "premeditated international pressure" need for more balance in West and media.
Assad speaks of reform and security. The opposition is divided
The Syrian president reaffirms the existence of a "foreign conspiracy" in the country and receives the support of Muslim religious leaders. The attempts to develop an opposition "national council" in Istanbul has collapsed over suspicions concerning the Muslim Brotherhood. Islamists, nationalists and liberals among opposition. And there are also the young unemployed, who do not identify with any of them.
Melkite Patriarch of Damascus calls for urgent dialogue between government and youth
In a message addressed to Muslims for the end of Ramadan, the Catholic patriarch says, “it is not too late” for Assad to interact with the young people of the opposition. He criticises Arab government for being deaf to “the pain and aspirations of their peoples” and the United States and Europe for trying to impose their will.
Aleppo, Syrian rebels attack the Damascus intelligence headquarters: dozens dead
At least 20 victims among Syrian security forces, another 14 on the rebels side. But the Damascus army managed to repel the assault. The offices of the Air Force Intelligence building targeted. Six other victims among civilians in a second attack. The rebels reject UN envoy’s truce proposal.
Carbombing rocks Damascus, 53 dead
The bomber blew himself up just a few meters from the headquarters of the Baath Party. Most of the victims are civilians. More than 200 wounded.
21/06/2011 ISLAM - SAUDI ARABIA
The desert of Saudi Arabia against the Arab Spring
In Riyadh the "jasmine revolution" has been largely "virtual", expressed by bloggers and petitions. But it was quickly stifled, accused of being a "sedition" against Allah and maneuver "Iranian". Some protesters have disappeared in police custody. The demand for a constitution "written by man," considered an insult to the Koran ("not written by human hands"). Western governments unconditional support for Saud has also played a role.
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