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Asef Shawkat assassinated?

May 20th, 2012 · 2 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

The FSA seems to be claiming that it has killed Asef Shawkat. (This has NOT been reported elsewhere yet). 6 or 8 high-ranking officials were rushed to the Shami hospital in Malki, according to the LCC, after they were poisoned by a chef. Malki is the richest neighbourhood in Damascus, and is home to the president’s […]

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From Rankous

May 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

Just stop what you’re doing and read this from an incredibly brave Economist reporter in a village next to Zabadani. A report from Rankous – The Economist THE houses in the western half of Rankous, a small town north of Damascus, reek of acrid smoke. A burned shoe lies on the floor while fans droop […]

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12 months of Syrian stories

May 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Commentary

One of the reasons I started this site was to raise awareness about a country rarely in the news. A country whose stories were not being told. The past year has changed everything. On the anniversary of the start of the revolution a couple of months ago, The Syria Report did an excellent job of […]

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Dozens dead after bomb blast in Damascus

May 10th, 2012 · 7 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

At least 40 are dead after double bomb blasts in Qazaz in the south of Damascus. The attacks hit military intelligence headquarters and have been claimed by the Nusra Front, a small Islamist group. The Guardian is reporting that the group appears to be real, rather than a figment of state media’s usual wild imagination. […]

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UN confirms Syria arms smuggling

May 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

UN Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen says arms are being smuggled into Syria across the Lebanese border. Now, this is very interesting, because until recently, observers – myself included – had dismissed ‘discoveries‘ of arms factories and large-scale weapons shipments as theatrics aimed at tarnishing the Syrian rebels. When Syria’s allies in the Lebanese government impounded a ship […]

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Urgent Red Cross appeal for Syria

May 8th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

The Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for $27 million for its vital work in Syria. To date, it has helped 200,000 victims of the violence across the country. The International Committee for the Red Cross is the only international aid agency working in Syria, and despite occasional hiccups, it has managed to get help to […]

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The roots of Syria’s sectarianism

April 15th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

Excellent argument by Robin Yassin-Kassab, who looks back at the history of Syria’s sectarian divides. And what can be done to avoid an intra-community battle. Public discussion of sect and sectarianism was taboo. To an extent this was a good thing. When I lived in Damascus I heard about a Christian (the friend of a […]

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A year in revolt

March 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Politics

One year ago today, Syria changed forever. One year ago today, demonstrations were still called unprecedented. One year ago today, the country was silent. One year ago today, Syria found its voice. I was sitting in Rawda Cafe, opposite parliament on February 4, the day a protest was called on Facebook. It turned out to […]

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The SNC – standing with the Syrian people. Sometimes.

March 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Politics

The SNC is dedicated to defending the Syrian people. Unless those Syrian people happen to live in the UAE, one of the campaign group’s sponsors. Last week, the UAE cancelled residency permits for Syrians and refused to issue visas to anyone holding a Syrian passport. The SNC’s weasel-worded statement accuses the world of stirring up […]

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The revolution in a paragraph

March 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

This sums up the past year pretty well. “Bashar has not got the message. I, for example, loved him when he took over. I thought he would be different to his father,” he said. He pointed to a part of his little finger. “If he had just given us this little bit of freedom, we […]

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