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Saving Syria’s Children

November 25th, 2013 · 11 Comments · Culture, Politics

Londoners: this is happening on Wednesday night, an Intelligence Squared debate with Save the children: How should the world protect Syria’s children? The panel includes: Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian Prime Minister; Justin Forsyth, CEO of Save the Children; Dr Rola Hallam, the British-Syrian doctor and war-zone medic who was recently involved in BBC’s Panorama documentary, [...]

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Thanks for nothing

April 22nd, 2013 · 5 Comments · Politics

Unprecedented anger from the Syrian Coalition tonight, the bloodiest day of the Syrian revolution, and the day of yet another alleged massacre. “The deafening silence of the international community is shameful… Syrians no longer expect a chivalrous intervention from our brothers and neighbors. We no longer expect to be supported with the necessary arms.” The world [...]

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Refugees in their own country

December 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics

While the plight of Syrians who have crossed the border into Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon is well documented, Syria’s domestic refugees are a forgotten tragedy. Officially called Internally Displaced Persons, they are refugees who are still in Syria. Some have fled home towns which have become war-zones, others have escaped from massacre sites, yet more [...]

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The lowering of the flag

November 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Politics

Flags are traditionally held at half-mast during times of mourning. Syria has been in mourning for almost two years. At least 38,000 are feared dead, and 340,000 are refugees. The vast majority are civilians. The vast majority were killed by the foot soldiers of a family that will do anything to stay in power.  Until [...]

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Opposing Bashar

November 12th, 2012 · 4 Comments · Politics

Now that the killing has, in all likelihood, exceeded 30,000, the opposition has finally got its act together. For the first time in more than a year, there is genuine, unabashed hope coming from the killing fields. Despite the horror perpetrated by an army that will continue murdering until there is only one family left [...]

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Farouq Al-Sharaa’s missing week

September 6th, 2012 · 11 Comments · Politics

It has been said that the Syrian regime only learns of a defection when an official doesn’t turn up to work. So when the country’s vice president disappeared from the public eye for a week, it seemed as though the FSA had claimed a major scalp. “Farouq Al-Sharaa did defect [and] we were trying to [...]

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Syria: the bad old good old days

August 21st, 2012 · 7 Comments · Politics

An interesting argument is brewing over on The Spectator blog, between Nick Cohen and the always readable Matthew Teller. It started off as a rant against travel guidebooks, Lonely Planet in particular. But it has ended up in a fight over who knew what, and when, about Assad. Cohen’s opening salvo pulls out a few [...]

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Syria admits possessing chemical weapons

July 23rd, 2012 · 6 Comments · Politics

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has admitted what many have believed for years – it does possess chemical weapons. But it says it will only use them if there is foreign intervention. There seem to be mixed messages, though. Here, Jihad Makdissi, says that they will use chemical weapons, “if they exist”. But then later, he says [...]

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Has Assad lost ‘day-to-day control’ of Syria?

June 8th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Politics

Something very interesting caught my eye in the sidebar of this BBC story. BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar, who’s in Damascus, made the following claim: There is a sense in Damascus shared by many diplomats, international officials and those opposed to President Assad that his regime may no longer have complete and direct [...]

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What’s up with Fisk?

June 4th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Politics

Below his usual low standard, today Robert Fisk tells us that: “[In] Lebanon. Its press is free. Its people are. It got shot of Syria in 1995 (albeit at the cost of an ex-Prime Minister’s life)” So Hariri died 10 years before he was killed, apparently. “In Yemen, there are bad times – the government [...]

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