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German foreign minister warns Mideast against proxy war in Iraq

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned the Mideast not to wage a proxy war on Iraq's soil. Meanwhile, former UN Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said the Syrian civil war and Iraq conflict are connected. Foreign Minister Steinmeier told the Sunday edition of Die Welt newspaper that the international community "must prevent the outbreak of a proxy war between the regional powers on Iraqi soil. ...

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Ukraine & Syria: Elections of Mass Destruction

by Tony Cartalucci, NEO – TRANSCEND Media Service Elections pushed ahead in Ukraine, obstructed in Syria, so mass murder can continue. The West’s weaponization of democracy. Early polls began for Syria’s presidential election, as the country begins turning the tide against foreign-backed terrorists and restoring order throughout much of the country. It was impossible for the Western media to cover up tens o ...

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Adonis, a voice carried by the Syrian winds….

This translator and writer, known as Adonis,  is “one of the greatest living Arab poets”, and was born on January 1, 1930 at Qassabine in Syria. His family was a humble one; however, when he was only seventeen, he published a poem signed with the pseudonym Adonis (after the Phonecian God of plant rebirth) and he continued to use this pen-name all his life. Over his life he has won numerous literary prizes, ...

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International fact finding group visit to Syria

Press Release. San Francisco Bay Area residents Rick Sterling and Paul Larudee have just returned from two weeks in Lebanon and Syria. In Syria they were part of an international delegation of approximately 50 members including 12 nationalities and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire. A Canadian member of the delegation, Eva Bartlett, remains in Syria. She is posting video and written observations at ...

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Toxic bedfellows. Lessons from Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and oh, so many other places

“The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour.  Right wing ultranationalists and their “liberal” collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich. Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now making common cause with Neo-Nazi Right Sector, ...

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Syrian Conflict: Geneva II Just An Eyewash

By Manish Rai* | IDN-InDepth News Analysis NEW DELHI (IDN) - It is hard to imagine that representatives of the 30 countries that assembled in Geneva actually believed that they could find a political solution to the ongoing three year old Syrian civil war. Given the differing strategic interests in Syria of the powers within and outside the region, reaching a consensus to end the crisis at this juncture is ...

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Technology for life in the midst of unspeakable death

"The remote-controlled robot waiting to save lives on Syria's urban battlefields A rebel computer engineer has developed a robot to carry sniper casualties to safety. Now all he needs is a bulldozer chassis By John Beck for theguardian.com, Thursday 13 February 2014 07.00 GMT In July 2012, Ahmad Haidar saw a young man die at the hands of a Syrian army sniper on an Aleppo street. The first shot had hit the c ...

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Syria: Evacuation of Civilians from Homs Begins After Ceasefire

In news from Syria, an operation to evacuate trapped civilians from the besieged city of Homs is underway after government forces and rebels agreed to a ceasefire. U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said the pause would also allow the delivery of aid. Farhan Haq: "We welcome the reports that the parties have agreed a humanitarian pause to allow civilians out of and aid into old Homs city. The United Nations and h ...

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Syrian Opposition Refuses Direct Talk

The U.N.-brokered Syrian peace talks have hit a new snag today with opposition delegates refusing to meet directly with government counterparts. The two sides were due for their first face-to-face talks in Geneva after an opening round of speeches on Wednesday. But the Assad regime rejected the opposition’s pre-condition of endorsing the formation of a transitional government. U.N. envoy Lakdar Brahimi is s ...

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Italy attaches great importance to relations with Iran: Former PM

Kourosh Ziabari – Tehran Times: Following the election of the moderate politician Hassan Rouhani as the Iranian President in the June 14, 2013 elections, the European countries have become more willing to interact with Iran on equal footings and based on mutual respect. In the recent months and following President Rouhani’s elections, several high-ranking European delegations and dignitaries have traveled t ...

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