Following weeks of protests, Syria lifts its emergency law. The law, in place for nearly 5...

Following weeks of protests, Syria lifts its emergency law. The law, in place for nearly 5 decades, effectively suspended constitutional protections for citizens.

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  • Tony Petroski
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    The Syrian "constitutional protections for citizens" will be honored about as often as the old Soviet constitution was.


    Is this such an historic day?
    19 Apr 2011, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    Yes, it is, IF you're a U.S. administration desperate for any sort of gesture or fig leaf to use for CYA operations.
    19 Apr 2011, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Wow did you guys read the linked article?


    "The removal of the country's 48-year-old state of emergency has been a key demand of anti-government protesters.


    The Syrian government also approved the abolition of the state security court which dealt with the trials of political prisoners and passed a new law allowing peaceful demonstrations - but only if approved by the interior ministry."


    This is real change, but the point is, the people asked for it, fought for it, and got it. Denigrating their efforts and deaths in such a blase way is troublesome.
    19 Apr 2011, 11:25 AM Reply Like
  • The Energy Trader
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    how can an emergency last 48-years!
    19 Apr 2011, 12:53 PM Reply Like
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