Syria

03.05.2016

UK: Women protesters chain themselves to gates of Brimstone missile factory

UK: Women protesters chain themselves to gates of Brimstone missile factory

by Syria Solidarity UK Sisters Against The Arms Trade are protesting today at the MBDA missile factory in the UK, closing its operations. MBDA are manufacturers of the Brimstone missile, a weapon which played a key role in David Cameron’s arguments in favour of precision British airstrikes. Since the vote… »

30.04.2016

Syria: ‘Human Toll and Suffering Are ‘Sickening’ – UN Relief Chief

Syria: ‘Human Toll and Suffering Are ‘Sickening’ – UN Relief Chief

Human Wrongs Watch With hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced and countless families torn apart, the UN relief chief on 28 April 2016 described the human toll and suffering in Syria… »

30.04.2016

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… »

25.04.2016

“Horrified”: Seymour Hersh Reacts to Obama’s Plan to Send 250 More U.S. Special Ops Troops to Syria

“Horrified”: Seymour Hersh Reacts to Obama’s Plan to Send 250 More U.S. Special Ops Troops to Syria

President Obama has announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the U.S. presence in the country. This comes just days after the Obama administration announced 217 more troops would be sent to Iraq to help in the fight… »

21.04.2016

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

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

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

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… »

16.03.2016

Russia to withdraw from Syria: The beginning of the end?

Russia to withdraw from Syria: The beginning of the end?

Russia to withdraw from Syria: The beginning of the end? By Dr. Farhang Jahanpour Oxford University & TFF Board member On Monday 14 March, in a surprise move and without any warning to Western leaders, President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the “main part”… »

09.03.2016

Refugee crisis 2016: 410 people drowned or missing in the Aegean

Refugee crisis 2016: 410 people drowned or missing in the Aegean

The UNHCR have published figures for the first two months of 2016, giving details of some 138,280 people who came by sea to Greece and Italy, 36% of whom are children while 410 deaths or missing people in the Aegean Sea are also reported. During this same period Frontex started… »

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