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Infants among dead in Syrian massacre

August 27th, 2012
06:55 PM ET

There have already been several massacres in Syria this year, but the latest mass killing appears to be on a whole new scale. This time it's in the Damascus suburb of Daraya – a mostly poor and largely Sunni area, with a population of about 150,000.

Opposition activists say government forces murdered at least 320 people, many shot in the head, execution style.  Most of the victims appeared to be men; but women and children were also targeted.

CNN has obtained an extraordinary account of life in the Damascus suburb of Daraya over the last two weeks, just before the neighborhood was overrun by Syrian government troops. The Syrian government has said it targeted Daraya to cleanse terrorist cells from the town but this report shows the townspeople had only just begun to rebuild their lives after the last Syrian Army offensive nearly two months ago. Some of the images in this report are graphic and not appropriate for all viewers.  For safety reasons, we are not naming the journalist.  You can watch her report in the video above.

Syrian artists fight Assad regime with satire

Syrian artists fight Assad regime with satire
August 27th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

By Tim Hume, for CNN

(CNN) - With horrors emerging from Syria's civil war with numbing regularity, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the uprising has not been waged only with guns.

A creative and resolutely non-violent form of opposition to Bashar al-Assad's regime has taken hold in Syria, as the country's artists respond to the crisis with newfound boldness and purpose, despite the clear dangers in doing so.

"Since the uprising, the artists have broken through the wall of fear in Syria and are thinking in another way," said Syrian journalist Aram Tahhan, one of the curators of an exhibition on Syria's creative dissent - Culture in Defiance - currently on display in Amsterdam. <<READ FULL POST>>