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A Rare Look Inside Syria
January 24th, 2012
09:29 PM ET

A Rare Look Inside Syria

Since the violence began in Syria, CNN and other media outlets have been working at a disadvantage.  The Syrian government has imposed severe restrictions on foreign journalists, allowing few of them to enter the country to report.  That means we've been unable to see for ourselves what has been happening.

But recently, Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson was allowed to enter the country, following Arab League monitors on their fact-finding mission.  In this report, Nic gives us a rare look at how tensions inside the country are making it hard for Syrians to live... and shows us the challenges of capturing what is really happening in Syria.

We spoke with Nic Robertson from London, after he returned from Syria, to get him to go into more detail about what it was like to report under such taxing conditions inside of Syria.

Filed under: backstory • Interviews • journalists • Middle East • Syria
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  1. Amc

    The syrians will always find the right path , good or bad times
    Good always wins
    Great country and great people.
    Let it be

    January 30, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sezer

      For crynig out loud. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was the very first thing Bill Clinton did when he became president. This was a Clinton mandate.Secondly, why were Democrat plants and questions used for the Republican candidate debate? Isn't this debate and every debate prior to the caucus in Iowa and the primaries to help REPUBLICANS decide who to vote for? This was a set up from the beginning to try to make the Republicans look bad. Shame on CNN and all of the democraps who tried to sabotage the program.Shame on the Republican candidates for even taking part in this three-ring circus.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kola

      What's a real man? Have you ever been in a fight?To me a fight is never about mensynals'. It's usually about some degree of both people not estimating how effective the other person is in a fight. Anybody will to some degree resort to physical violence if the scenario is right for them. That's male or female, gay or straight. Jean Genet was a murderer in prison. I've seen a lot of fights in my time. I've never had any question come up about mensynals. What I've seen of course is people saying a lot to distract the other into inaction. That usually is not realistic talk, just fantasy land.Doyle

      February 26, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Eliane

        All in all, the Church has the same conspiracy of scienle that Moderate Muslims demonstrate towards the Jihadis in their midst.Benedict is not accmoplishing much by chastising the Irish church.How about actually defrocking some Priests?

        March 24, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
        • John

          John Edwards showed his true coolrs as a total hypocrite. He's in it to "take away power" from "big business". What a jerk. Has he looked at his breck-girl face in the mirror. He is capitalizing on taking away power from big business. Every dollar of settlement won, he gets at least one-third of it. He is a disgrace and has zero credibility and needs to bow out now before he humiliates himself anymore. Too bad Elizabeth wasn't there to shovel him out of the mess he dug himself into.

          October 3, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Toyonobu

    MOP tried ucssncesufully to make a point: Democrats can ask Republicans questions....... It is not rigging it, by having a Democrat ask a question.Yes it IS rigged, if the PLANT is a Hillary Clinton operative. CNN once again failed in their alleged investigative background check.And did you notice, CNN gave more time to the gay military guy on a single topic then they gave to any of the candidates. People in the audience started booing him. This is not a pressing issue that Americans care about.CNN – Capitulation News Network

    February 24, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Issam

      I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post's to be what prelesicy I'm looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn't mind producing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome weblog!

      June 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amos

        So you did it, you went to Syria. Turkey looked azaimng, I am suprised you did not stay longer. Well have a great trip and do not forget the olives!!!

        July 25, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
        • Claudia

          Jane–I spent a year in Saudi Arabia and am certainly no fan of the Saud fiamly nor the Kingdom generally, and its brand of Wahabism specifically–do you have any specific evidence that the Saudis are involved in this? I'm not Jane, but I'll point out that the more than once-a-day diatribes against the cartoons in the Saudi press started after all the pilgrim deaths in (at?) the Hajj. It seems to me a classic case of diverting outrage from the Saudis who can't prevent deaths at the Hajj to those wicked, wicked Danes.

          August 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Safril

    It doesn't btheor me that Dems got to ask questions. This is a Presidential election and the candidates should be able to address all issues not just those that give them the best soundbites. Where CNN crossed the line was allowing the Clinton plant to grab a mic and start ANSWERING his own question. Asking questions is one thing... going on an extended rant is another.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kainoy

    Ready to go down in a ball of fmelas wing nuts???If CNN is so "liberal" why did they plant a Grover Norquist question? Out of 5000 videos, they picked Grover Norquist??????can anyone care to explain, and care to explain why the haco-o-sphere's is ignoring this????Grover Norquist, and infamous Republican activist, asked a video question about TAXES, nobody called it outI will always outmatch you guys, toe to toe, I defeat consall the time

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      Knowing about Rihanna from close friends who know her poalenrsly, I don't believe that Chris Brown is a abuser. She is a hot tempered, jealous, Barbada's that is used to getting her way, She is the abuser. On previous occasions she has hit him and he has let it go. I honestly believe that he just couldn't take anymore. It' just like in the movie Baby Boy, Vyette start beating the crap out of Jodey but after being provoked by them hits and accidentally being hit in a button pusher he forgot where he was and what was happening and hit her in anguish. Then they made up. I feel that it wasn't fair for wrigley's to do that because they don't know the whole story, they didn't even do it when they cut him off. Rihanna don't have her stuff being cut off. I'm just saying sometimes females just aren't the victim.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Vania

    I'm not buying her prismee either, at least entirely. She seems to feel the Muslim Brotherhood would be unable to mount much of threat should they wrest control, which may be true in the short term but still does not represent much of an improvement.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |