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Q&A: A Closer Look at Syria's Fragmented Opposition
The disparate opposition groups that have materialized during the eight months of Syria’s uprising have been criticized as fragmented, disorganized and lacking a clear vision for the country. And recent evidence of growing schisms within the movement have only raised doubts.
November 10, 2011
"If We Didn't Shoot at Protesters, They Would Shoot Us."
“If we didn’t shoot at protesters, they would shoot us,” a Syrian Army defector told FRONTLINE reporter Ramita Navai. “I saw with my own eyes when my friend beside me refused to shoot at the protesters. A sniper shot him in the head."
November 9, 2011
Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Inside the Struggle for Syria
Read the full transcript of our live chat with "Syria Undercover" correspondent Ramita Navai, New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, and Foreign Policy's David Kenner.
November 8, 2011
Interactive Map: Syria's Uprising
Syria's mass protests, which began in the rural farming town of Dara'a in mid-March, have since spread to more heavily populated cities like Homs and Hama, where the regime has responded with brutal military assaults. In this interactive map of the uprising, explore where the unrest has spread, and where it has yet to reach.
November 8, 2011
Going Undercover in Syria: How Did She Do It?
In September, reporter Ramita Navai spent two weeks in some of the most dangerous parts of Syria on a clandestine journey into the heart of the uprising. In this reflection, she tells the story of how she and her producer broke Syria's virtual ban on independent journalists and embedded with some of Syria's most wanted activists.
November 8, 2011
How the World Stacks Up on Syria
As the international community mulls how to respond to the crisis in Syria, it faces a complex and changing web of geopolitical alliances, heated rivalries and strategic interests. Here's a closer look at the key international players.
November 8, 2011
Syria's Secretive Ruling Minority Sect
Because their secret tenets and practices are known only to the few males deemed worthy to undergo instruction, the Alawites, Syria's long-persecuted minority sect, remain a mystery to most.
November 8, 2011
Exiled Dissident Ausama Monajed: "The End of the Regime Is Very Close"
As a student in Syria under the Assad regime, Ausama Monajed was arrested and interrogated by security forces several times. The last time he was detained was in 2004, at which point he says he had no choice but to leave the country.
November 8, 2011
Joshua Landis: "I Don't See Light at the End of the Tunnel."
The director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, Joshua Landis writes an influential blog called Syria Comment. He warns there is a very high potential that Syria's uprising "will turn into a very dark and tough ethnic sectarian fight, the way it did in Lebanon and Iraq."
November 8, 2011
Anthony Shadid: Time Is Running Out for a Better Future for Syria
"We’re seeing a government that relies almost solely on repression to keep itself in power," The New York Times' Beirut bureau chief tells FRONTLINE.
November 8, 2011
"Gutsy Reporting Takes Viewers Right to the Edge of the Danger Zone"
Calling it a chilling “you-are-almost-there primer on the Syrian uprising,” Newsday’s Verne Gay gives FRONTLINE’s two-part Syria special airing tonight an “A.”
November 8, 2011
Anthony Shadid: "In Assad's Syria, There Is No Imagination"
The country is "rendered in their image, haunted by their phobias and ordered by their machinations," Anthony Shadid writes of the Assad regime.
November 8, 2011