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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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U.N. Sets Syria Peace Talks for January

The United Nations has set a January date for peace talks between the Syrian government and rebel opposition. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the gathering on Monday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: "The Geneva conference on Syria will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. At long last and for the first time, the Syrian government and opposition will meet at the negotiating table instead of ...

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Journalism in Syria, impossible Job?

Syria is now the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, more than 110 news providers have been killed in the course of their work in Syria since March 2011 and more than 60 are currently detained, held hostage or missing. As Edouard Elias and Didier François, two French TV journalists who were abducted on 6 June, today begin their sixth month in capti ...

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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Syrian way

Not being a Bible reader I can only take my information from Wikipedia-style hearsay. So, apparently, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were originally in the Book of Revelation named as Conquest, War, Famine and Death. But somewhere along the way, described as 'in popular culture' Conquest became Pestilence.  We only need to look at Syria to understand why. One of the first victims of war is a country's ...

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The Military-Industrial Pundits: Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Who Urged Syrian War

New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative identifies 22 commentators with industry ties. While they appeared on television or were quoted as experts 111 times, their links to military firms were disclosed only 13 of those times. The report fo ...

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