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Syria from afar

March 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Politics

Two real must-reads from two very dear friends who care a lot about Syria. And I don’t say ‘must read’ lightly. You need these two pieces in your life. First, Jillian York looks at how activists are feeding the mainstream media with the story (it’s something The Listening Post has looked at many times over […]

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Anthony Shadid

February 17th, 2012 · No Comments · BREAKING NEWS

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died today in Syria, at the age of 43. As many of you know, he is one of my journalistic heros. A brave reporter, an objective writer, and a man with a passion for the Arab World. He grew up outside the region and only learned Arabic as an […]

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Large assault on the eastern suburbs

January 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

The eastern suburbs of Damascus seem to be under attack this morning. There were reports of gunfire, and possibly heavier artillery just east of the city just after dawn. Residents are being turned away at military checkpoints on the outskirts of Damascus. These are areas that have seen a build up in military and paramilitary presence in the past few […]

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The Arab League, Bashar and death

January 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Politics

A day after an Arab League monitor quit Syria in disgust, another one is apparently threatening to resign. Yesterday, Anwar Malek left the mission in Syria, appearing on Al Jazeera English to call it a ‘farce’: The Algerian (although some sources call him Tunisian) said: “What I saw was a humanitarian disaster. The regime is not just […]

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The Twitter bomb

January 6th, 2012 · 5 Comments · BREAKING NEWS

At least a dozen people are thought to have died in a bomb targeting a police bus in Medan, southern Damascus. It comes exactly two weeks after explosions killed at least 44 people outside security buildings in the west of the city. No-one yet knows who is to blame. We may never know. But within […]

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Beating the drums of war

January 2nd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Politics

When Christopher Hitchens died, there was renewed debate about the power his pen wielded. When he wrote in defence of Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, he crossed the line. He crossed over from the bubble that observers and commentators inhabit into the political arena. He had become a player. Now, one of his friends, Nick […]

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