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Lebanon Hosts the Highest Ratio Per Capita of Refugees in the World

  Human Wrongs Watch The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered over 950,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon – now constituting 25 per cent of the total population.   One year after its inaugural meeting, the International Support Group for Lebanon continues to channel the global community’s concern for the stability of the Middle Eastern country, particularly as crises ...

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Iraq. Syria. Here we go again

An article of quotes? That would mean all that can be said has already been said How about...? Voltaire “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” George Santayana "Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them." "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim." Mahatma Gandhi “An eye for an eye ...

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What Would Dr. King Do? As U.S. Moves to Bomb Syria, Tavis Smiley on MLK’s Antiwar Legacy

What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." We speak to public TV and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, "Death of a King: The Real S ...

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From Assad to ISIS, a tale of Syrian resistance

Julia Taleb, August 22, 2014, for Waging Nonviolence In July of 2013, when activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa feared demonstrating in front of the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Suad Nofel marched onto the streets alone. Holding her handmade cardboard sign, the schoolteacher walked through the city facing not only ISIS, but society as a whole. Nofel’s act of nonviolent resi ...

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Syrian Refugee Women Tell Stories about Sexual Exploitation in Lebanon

01 August 2014 - The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the past year by taking a series of lovers who would pay for her housing. But then a few months ago she was arrested for prostitution. That put a scare in her — that and threatening mobile ...

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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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