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SYRIA: Rebels say the prime minister defected and has fled with his family to Jordan. However, the government claims he ...
08/06/2012
Syrian Opposition Claims Prime Minister Defected

SYRIA: Rebels say the prime minister defected and has fled with his family to Jordan. However, the government claims he was dismissed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/world/middleeast/syrian-state-tv-reportedly-attacked-as-propaganda-war-unfolds.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab, apparently the highest ranking civilian official to defect, had fled with his family to Jordan, activists said, before an announcement was made that he had been dismissed.

For the first time this year, the Islamic nations of Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia sent women on their Olympic teams. B...
07/30/2012
Olympic first as Saudi Arabia names two women in London 2012 team

For the first time this year, the Islamic nations of Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia sent women on their Olympic teams. Bahrain's flag was carried by a female athlete at the Olympics opening ceremony.

http://articles.cnn.com/2012-07-12/worldsport/sport_olympics-saudi-female-athletes_1_saudi-arabian-olympic-committee-female-athletes-fellow-female-competitors

Every country competing at the London 2012 Olympics will have at least one female athlete after Saudi Arabia included two women in its team for the first time.Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani,...

Syria's Foreign Minister said the country would only use weapons of mass destruction if externally attacked, never again...
07/23/2012
Syria says it has weapons of mass destruction in case of foreign attack - CNN.com

Syria's Foreign Minister said the country would only use weapons of mass destruction if externally attacked, never against its citizens. What does this mean for the discussion about international intervention?

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/23/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=imi_c1

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Monday that the country has chemical or biological weapons, but would use them only against foreign attackers.

SYRIA UPDATE: A su***de bomber killed President Assad's brother-in-law and defense minister in an attack today. What doe...
07/18/2012
Blast Kills Top Security Aides to Assad

SYRIA UPDATE: A su***de bomber killed President Assad's brother-in-law and defense minister in an attack today.

What does this mean for the conflict?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/world/middleeast/su***de-attack-reported-in-damascus-as-more-generals-flee.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

A su***de bomber attacked a meeting of senior officials in Damascus, state television said. The assassinations were the first of such high-ranking members of the power elite in 17 months of revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Stay updated on current events throughout the middle east by visiting the SWA Civil Rights Movements campaign page and l...
07/16/2012
Student World Assembly

Stay updated on current events throughout the middle east by visiting the SWA Civil Rights Movements campaign page and let us know what you think!

http://www.studentworldassembly.org/category.php?slug=/category/civil-rights-movements/

A civil rights movement is a social movement with the aim of safeuarding citizens from unsubstantiated action by government and private organizations, in addition to establishing one's ability to engage in the civil and political life of a nation without discrimination or suppression. These movement...

The conflict in Syria persists with new eruptions of violence across the country. The Red Cross has officially declared ...
07/16/2012
New Fighting in Damascus After Syria Denies Attack on Civilians

The conflict in Syria persists with new eruptions of violence across the country. The Red Cross has officially declared hostilities as civil war.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/world/middleeast/new-fighting-in-damascus-after-syria-denies-attack-on-civilians.html

Some of the heaviest fighting yet in Damascus erupted in a neighborhood about a 20-minute drive southwest of the city center, while diplomatic efforts seemed on track to run into Russian resistance.

Interested in what we've been posting on Syria and Russia? Keep reading up on the growing tensions in these 2 articles: ...
07/11/2012
Russian views on Syria more nuanced than they may appear - CNN.com

Interested in what we've been posting on Syria and Russia? Keep reading up on the growing tensions in these 2 articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/10/world/meast/syria-russia/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/11/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

The Russian government shares many of the U.S. concerns about the continuing violence in Syria, but Moscow is reluctant to embrace Washington's proposals.

07/10/2012

SWA's TOP 10 MOST INVOLVED COUNTRIES ON FACEBOOK:
1. United States of America 2. Pakistan 3. India 4. Gambia 5. Nigeria 6. Ghana 7. United Kingdom 8. Canada 9. Philippines 10. Nepal

Congratulations if your country is on the top 10 involvement list! If it isn't then no worries, just keep talking about SWA on Facebook! We love to hear everyone's comments, get involved and REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY. (:

07/10/2012

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07/10/2012

We love to welcome new advocates! Our two newest advocates: Ajaykumar M. from Hyderabad in India & Osaze U. from Lagos, Nigeria, Congratulations!

Assad recently gave an interview on German television and met with Kofi Annan to once again discuss the failed peace pla...
07/09/2012
Bashar-al Assad Meets With Kofi Annan

Assad recently gave an interview on German television and met with Kofi Annan to once again discuss the failed peace plan. He says he has been able to maintain power because he still has public support.

See more of what he said about the ongoing Syrian conflict:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/world/middleeast/bashar-al-assad-meets-with-kofi-annan.html?pagewanted=1

Ahead of a meeting with Kofi Annan, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria said in a rare interview on German television that public support for his rule meant he would remain in office.

85 soldiers defected and sought refuge in Turkey yesterday. Since the conflict began, over 2,000 former members of the S...
07/03/2012
Dozens of Syrian Soldiers Defect En Masse to Turkey

85 soldiers defected and sought refuge in Turkey yesterday. Since the conflict began, over 2,000 former members of the Syrian military have abandoned and fled to Turkey.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/world/middleeast/dozens-of-syrian-soldiers-defect-en-masse-to-turkey.html?ref=middleeast

In one of the largest mass military defections since the Syrian conflict began 16 months ago, the soldiers entered the town of Reyhanli with a group of refugees, Turkish news agencies reported.

Nine nations met in Geneva on Saturday and agreed on a plan that demands both sides prepare for a democratic transition ...
07/02/2012
Assad Ouster Blocked in Group’s Crisis Meeting

Nine nations met in Geneva on Saturday and agreed on a plan that demands both sides prepare for a democratic transition in Syria. However, Russia and China blocked the call for Assad's ouster leaving many skeptical of the plan's possible success.

Read more on the new plan here and let us know what you think about this development in the Syrian conflict:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/world/middleeast/future-of-syria-on-agenda-as-countries-gather-in-geneva.html?ref=middleeast

Kofi Annan convened a meeting on Saturday of nine global powers who agreed on a plan for political transition in Syria that did not specifically call for President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will appoint a woman as vice president. It is the first time in Egyptian...
06/26/2012
Egypt's new president to pick woman, Christian VPs - CNN.com

Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will appoint a woman as vice president. It is the first time in Egyptian history a woman will hold that position.

Read more and let us know what you think about this revolutionary announcement!
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/meast/egypt-politics/index.html?hpt=wo_c2

Egypt's first-ever democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will appoint a woman as a vice president, his policy adviser says.

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