Tag: Aleppo

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

Open Wounds: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Syria (UN OHCHR Report)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

“The best thing is when you pass out, because then the pain stops.” – University student detained in Hama  via UN OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON HUMAN RIGHTS, APRIL 14, 2014:  INTRODUCTION: Victims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment languish in official and makeshift detention facilities throughout the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria). […]

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Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

Joshua Landis: The Battle between ISIS and Syria’s Rebel Militias

[ 0 ] January 6, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS (WITH INVALUABLE HELP FROM A.J.N) for SYRIA COMMENT on JANUARY 4, 2014:  A major confrontation has broken out between the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Syria’s other rebel militias. It is being led by two newly organized coalitions, called Jaysh al Mujahidiin and the Front of Syrian Revolutionaries. But many other militias […]

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WATCH: Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad on His Response to Threat of War from the U.S.

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |

via PBS on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013:  Charlie Rose was granted exclusive access to interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the alleged use of chemical weapons and his response to threat of war from the United States. WATCH HERE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT HERE (via Google docs)  

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Timothy Burke: Suez Has Already Happened

[ 0 ] September 5, 2013 |

by TIMOTHY BURKE for EASILY DISTRACTED (BLOG) on AUGUST 30, 2013:  The problem with “turning points”, as they’re commonly described in popular forms of historical storytelling, is that very few of them were recognized clearly as such at the time. When I’m in the archives reading past individuals writing to and talking to one another, […]

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Syria: The Cultural Cost of Conflict

Syria: The Cultural Cost of Conflict

[ 0 ] July 12, 2013 |

by EURONEWS on JULY 10, 2013:  “Damage to the heritage of the country is damage to the soul of its people and its identity” – Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO… Amid falling bombs and heavy gunfire, in the heat of battle where the priority is staying alive, there is little time to deal with the protection of […]

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James Zogby: Stop the Madness

James Zogby: Stop the Madness

[ 0 ] June 7, 2013 |

by JAMES ZOGBY for ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  on JUNE 3, 2013:  In “Looking at Iran“, a report on Iran’s precipitous decline in Arab public opinion, our polling establishes several trends in attitudes unfolding across the Middle East. The most worrisome is the deepening sectarian divide that threatens to unravel several states, posing a long-term challenge […]

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International Crisis Group Report: Syria’s Kurds — A Struggle Within a Struggle

International Crisis Group Report: Syria’s Kurds — A Struggle Within a Struggle

[ 0 ] January 22, 2013 |

by INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP on JANUARY 22, 2013:  Syria’s conflict gives its Kurdish population an opening to rectify historic wrongs and push for more autonomy, but facing internal divisions, poor ties with the non-Kurdish opposition and regional rivalries, its challenge is to articulate clear, unified and achievable demands. (Excerpt, Executive Summary and Recommendations) As Syria’s […]

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UN Report on Syria: Human Rights Laws Breached, Conflict Overtly Sectarian

[ 0 ] December 20, 2012 |

by UN NEWS CENTRE on DECEMBER 20, 2012:  The new 10-page update – the latest in a series of reports and updates – paints a bleak picture of the conflict and continuing international human rights and humanitarian law violations taking place in Syria, with civilians continuing to bear the brunt as the front lines between […]

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Juan Cole: Four Middle East Crises will Face the Next President Immediately

Juan Cole: Four Middle East Crises will Face the Next President Immediately

[ 0 ] November 6, 2012 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 6, 2012:  American politics is mainly about domestic issues, and the presidential election season has caused a sort of black out of international news on US networks for the most part. But the planet is still out there, even if inhabitants of the large island that is […]

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Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

[ 1 ] November 4, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012:  With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]

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