Syria

22.07.2016 Deutsche Welle

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

Germany, UN push for new Syria peace talks

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura are attempting to reinvigorate peace talks between warring factions in Syria. A new round of talks could begin as early as August. “The current situation in Syria is anything but satisfactory,” said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in… »

30.04.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

Stop U.S. Intervention in Syria

Stop U.S. Intervention in Syria

The war in Syria appears to be heating back up.  A surprisingly widespread “cessation of hostilities” had reduced violence considerably for several weeks.  But U.N. sponsored peace talks got nowhere fast, with rebel factions insisting that the Assad government must go or they will keep on fighting.  Now all sides… »

21.04.2016 Pressenza Hong Kong

Live from Damascus: The Syrian election results

Live from Damascus: The Syrian election results

Live from Damascus: The Syrian Election Results By Ken Stone “Syria’s ruling Ba’ath Party and its allies have won the majority of the votes in the recent parliamentary elections in the country, official results show.  The Syrian electoral commission announced late Saturday that the National Unity coalition, comprising the ruling party… »

28.03.2016 Pressenza Budapest

A Federal Syria: Kurdish Initiatives

A Federal Syria: Kurdish Initiatives

On 17 March, 2016, the “federal democratic system of Rojava” (a Kurdish term for northern Syria) was proclaimed officially.  Some 150 representatives of Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian (largely Christian) groups met in the city of Rmelan in north-east Syria and voted in favor of the union of three ‘cantons’… »

24.03.2016 Sharmine Narwani

How narratives killed the Syrian people

How narratives killed the Syrian people

On March 23, 2011, at the very start of what we now call the ‘Syrian conflict,’ two young men – Sa’er Yahya Merhej and Habeel Anis Dayoub – were gunned down in the southern Syrian city of Daraa.  Merhej and Dayoub were neither civilians, nor were they in opposition to… »

22.03.2016 Pressenza Budapest

The Great Game & the partition of Syria

The Great Game & the partition of Syria

Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. Russia is to maintain a military presence at its naval base in Tartous and at the Khmeymim airbase. In fact Russia is “withdrawing without… »

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