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December 20th, 2012
11:22 PM ET

Activist risked safety to speak in Syria

An activist put himself in danger to tell the world about atrocities he witnessed. Zaidoun was recently detained by secret police, according to his family.

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December 6th, 2012
10:15 PM ET

Syrian activist: Nobody cares about us

Anderson Cooper talks to Syrian opposition activist Zaidoun, who says despair has set in amid fear of chemical weapons.

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November 29th, 2012
10:32 PM ET

Activist: Syrian regime collapse visible

Zaidoun, a Syrian activist, discusses the civil war raging in Syria and the countrywide Internet outage.

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October 18th, 2012
10:45 PM ET

Former CIA agent: Take out Syrian regime

Former CIA officer Bob Baer tells Anderson Cooper that intervening in the Syria conflict would be dangerous, but it's riskier for the U.S. not to act. He believes it's time to take Bashar al-Assad out.

There are reports that some rebels have obtained heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles to combat the government forces' powerful weaponry. Syrian activist Zaidoun says that's why the opposition is making progress in the north, while the factions in the south are struggling with basic equipment.

The U.S. is concerned that weapons smuggled into the country will fall into the hands of extremists. Zaidoun agrees that the combination of violence from the regime and the word's reluctance to get involved have created an opportunity for extremists to enter the country.

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July 13th, 2012
09:57 PM ET

Syrian activist: Hundreds are dying

Soledad O'Brien talks to Syrian activist Zaidoun about the deadly violence in Syria.

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June 29th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

Syrian activist: It's hell over here

Syrian activist Zaidoun says the government has escalated the violence to an unprecedented level and his family is in danger.

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April 18th, 2012
12:06 AM ET

Despite U.N. presence, violence continues in Syria

Anderson reports that civilian bloodshed in Syria is ongoing– even as U.N. observers, whose mandate is to confirm a so-called ceasefire is intact, arrived in the country. Opposition members say that this same day at least seventy people were killed in Syria. For more than a year now the Assad regime has tried to veil its actions from the outside world. On April 16, Anderson spoke with U.S Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice: “They have lied to the international community. They have lied to their own people," she said. The next night, Anderson spoke with an activist named Zaidoun, whose first-hand account from Homs confirms that, indeed, despite the claims of Bashar al-Assad, there is no ceasefire.


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March 27th, 2012
10:33 PM ET

Syrian activist on U.N. peace plan

Al-Assad agreed to a government ceasefire. Many have doubts, including activist Zaidoun who doesn't believe the regime.

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The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Santorum's sweep, Prop 8, Barbour, Valentine's Day
February 9th, 2012
07:45 PM ET

The AC360 Weekly Buzz: Syria, Santorum's sweep, Prop 8, Barbour, Valentine's Day

 What everyone’s talking about:

After Rick Sanatorum’s three-state sweep on Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, the GOP presidential candidate told CNN: “We definitely are the campaign right now with the momentum" and have the "enthusiasm on the ground.” Santorum’s wins meant a big loss for Mitt Romney. Our political producer Rebecca Sinderbrand breaks down his bad night on Tuesday, and explains why he wasn’t the biggest loser.

Also in election news, President Obama seems to be flip-flopping when it comes to his opposition of Super PACs. The president who once said the organizations are “a threat to our democracy,” is now encouraging donations to a super PAC supporting his re-election. We’re Keeping him Honest.

A federal appeals court in California ruled against Prop 8, California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. And a little further north in Washington state, legislators voted 55-43 in the House and 38-21 in the Senate (last week) in favor of a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage. Dem. Governor Chris Gregoire commented: “With today's vote, we tell the nation that Washington state will no longer deny our citizens the opportunity to marry the person they love...We tell every child of same-sex couples that their family is every bit as equal and important as all other families in our state.” The law will go into effect in June, unless it’s put on the November 2012 ballot.

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February 6th, 2012
10:09 PM ET

Video: Syrian activist gives first-hand account of regime's brutality

The Syrian regime says life in Homs is normal, but the pictures and reports tell a much different story. In an emotional interview, Syrian activist Zaidoun gives voice to a reality of death and destruction.


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