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29 January 2012

Tobacco giant JTI quizzed over shipment to Syrian tycoon 'bankrolling Assad's terror'

Author: Jamie Doward & Lucy Fulford, Observer [UK]

A tobacco giant...is under investigation after millions of its cigarettes were shipped to a firm linked to a billionaire accused of playing a key part in suppressing the popular uprising in Syria...Japan Tobacco International (JTI), which owns the...

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2 December 2011

E.U. sanctions force Shell to leave Syria

Author: Javier Blas, Financial Times

Royal Dutch Shell said...it will “cease” activities in Syria after the European Union blacklisted three state-owned Syrian oil companies in an effort to raise the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime...The Syrian groups are the local...

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18 November 2011

H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg

Hewlett-Packard equipment worth more than $500,000 has been installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to monitor e-mails and Internet use, according to documents from the deal and a person familiar with the...

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9 November 2011

Syrian Monitoring Project May End as Italy Firm Weighs Options

Author: Vernon Silver and Ben Elgin, Bloomberg

Area SpA, the Italian company building a Syrian surveillance system, is weighing options that may include exiting the deal, according to Chief Executive Officer Andrea Formenti...Area...issued a statement yesterday saying the company does not have,...

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11 August 2011

The Syrian people's new weapon against Assad: Boycotts

Author: Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz [Israel]

Syrian protesters are calling on citizens to boycott products made or imported by friends of the regime, and are hoping foreign governments freeze investment in the country...Dozens of companies and businesses were named last week by the movement.....

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10 August 2011

US hits Syrian bank, cellular firm with sanctions

Author: AP

The [US] Treasury Department added the state-owned Commercial Bank of Syria and its Lebanon-based subsidiary, the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, to its sanctions list, citing their links to human rights abuses and to illegal weapons trade with North...

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3 July 2011

Monitor Group rebuked on Syria

Author: Farah Stockman, Boston Globe [USA]

[A youth training project that] the first lady of Syria, Asma Assad, hired [Monitor Group] to take on...collapsed in March amid...[a] vicious government crackdown that human rights activists say has killed more than 1,400 people, including many...

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30 June 2011

Ongoing Unrest Threatening Economy [Syria]

Author: Mona Alami, IPS News

International companies have been flocking out of Syria due to the internal conflict. The Qatari Diar real estate company put an end to two projects...Another Qatari firm, Qatar Electricity and Water Company, has delayed building two power plants in...

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29 June 2011

Rosenthal: ‘Shell not at fault in Syria’

Author: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

[According to a statement by Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal], Shell oil shipments to Syria do not violate European Union sanctions against the country...[and its] activities in Syria are not at odds with guidelines for socially responsible...

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20 June 2011

Activists press EU to widen sanctions [Syria]

Author: Lina Saigol, Chris Bryant and Joshua Chaffin, Financial Times

Political activists stepped up pressure on the European Union...to widen its sanctions against Syria in response to escalating violence against protesters...“We know Syrian businessmen are one of the four main pillars of support of the Syrian regime...

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