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Syrian media entrepreneurs have broken the government's monopoly over information.
Read an excerpt from the second chapter of Marwan Bishara's latest book, The Invisible Arab.
Syria is turning increasingly violent as the crackdown on protests continues and an armed opposition emerges.
The region's dependence on natural resources has prevented the emergence of a strong private sector.
Rights group releases testimonies of defectors from security forces who say they took part in crackdown on protests.
"Being told to kill peaceful civilians is the most brutal thing that ever happened to me," says defected former sniper.
The group's leader keeps his ear close to the ground, bonding with the dispossessed and speaking their language.
The Syrian president was largely unapologetic for recent violence and offered only vague promises of reform.
Witnesses say troops backed by tanks and machine guns have swept into Bdama, a town close to the Turkish border.
At least 17 killed as security forces open fire on anti-government protesters across the country.
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ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
 
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