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Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad Down To His Final Card

Op-Ed: Afraid that the fall of Bashar Al-Assad could result in a civil war, the Western powers continue to play a wait-and-see game, even as the Syrian regime continues its bloody repression of anti-government protestors.

Alain Frachon

Not a week goes by without new names being added to the regime's already long list of victims. In Syria, each additional death is like a somber litany of the events of the past three months. Bashar Al-Assad's regime is surviving through terror and destruction. The president is waging war against his own people. Nearly 1,500 were killed and thousands more injured.

"We've never seen such horror," Human Rights Watch recently wrote. But Syrians keep taking to the streets. They want a change of regime. Repression doesn't stop them, it only fuels their rebellion. Of all the Arab uprisings, this one has been the most ferociously repressed. Nevertheless, international reactions are nowhere near what we've seen with Tunisia, Egypt or even Libya.

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War In Ukraine, Day 89: First Russian Found Guilty Of War Crimes, Gets Life In Prison

Vadim Shishimarin had confessed to shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man in northeast Ukraine shortly after the invasion began.

Vadim Shishimarin in court

Meike Eijsberg, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

On Monday, Vadim Shishimarin became the first Russian soldier to be convicted of war crimes since the Russian invasion three months ago, found guilty of shooting an unarmed 62-year-old man in northeast Ukraine shortly after the invasion began.

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Shishimarin, 21, who confessed to the shooting and asked the victim’s wife for forgiveness, was sentenced by a Kyiv court to life in prison.

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