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23 May 2011

Syrian business dries up after Assad's crackdown on dissent

Author: Nidaa Hassan, The Guardian [UK]

[M]any foreign investors are starting to consider pulling out [of Syria because of the conflict] and the trend is likely to be accelerated by the imposition of international sanctions on Assad and other senior officials...Qatar Electricity and Water...

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30 May 2011

Syrian businessmen back opposition conference

Author: Lauren Williams, The Guardian [UK]

Key business figures in Syria are aligning themselves with opposition groups before a conference in Turkey on Tuesday in a sign that Syria's traditionally pro-regime business elite may be beginning to break ranks with the government of President...

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3 June 2011

Internet Access in Syria Goes Down Amidst Protests

Author: Chloe Albanesius, PC Magazine

The civil unrest in Syria has resulted in a shutdown of most of the country's Internet services...Syrian Internet access is primarily controlled by the state-owned SyriaTel...[that] buy[s] most of their Internet transit from Turk Telekom and Deutsche...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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