Arab League Rejects Syrian Proposal To Lift Sanctions In Exchange For Observers | Syrians are reportedly feeling the effects of economic sanctions the Arab League, Turkey, the E.U. and the U.S. have imposed as a result of the regime’s violent and relentless crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Syrian then said it would agree to an Arab League plan to allow civilian and military observers into the country only if it lifted the economic sanctions. But Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi isn’t going along. “That response will not lead to suspending Arab sanctions on Syria,” he said. Meanwhile, the Obama administration announced today that it is sending Ambassador Robert Ford back to Syria after recalling him in October due to increasing violence.