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Saving Syria’s Children

Londoners: this is happening on Wednesday night, an Intelligence Squared debate with Save the children: How should the world protect Syria’s children? The panel includes: Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian Prime Minister; Justin Forsyth,...Show More Summary

A left-wing response to left-wing delusions on Syria

I can’t say I agree with everything in this, but it’s certainly an interesting read. It’s a response to a comment piece by Lindsey German. By Shiar: A left-wing response to left-wing delusions on Syria I have no idea where you get your news about Syria from, but it strikes me that it’s probably mostly [...]

Thanks for nothing

Unprecedented anger from the Syrian Coalition tonight, the bloodiest day of the Syrian revolution, and the day of yet another alleged massacre. “The deafening silence of the international community is shameful… Syrians no longer expect a chivalrous intervention from our brothers and neighbors. We no longer expect to be supported with the necessary arms.” The world [...]

Syria Across the Lines

Olly Lambert‘s excellent documentary must be watched. (If you’re outside the UK, watch it in the American language). He spent five weeks in Syria, risking his life to tell the story of the civil war through a village divided. He uses a young FSA fighter on one side, and a regime soldier on the other [...]

Refugees in their own country

While the plight of Syrians who have crossed the border into Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon is well documented, Syria’s domestic refugees are a forgotten tragedy. Officially called Internally Displaced Persons, they are refugees who are still in Syria. Some have fled home towns which have become war-zones, others have escaped from massacre sites, yet more [...]

The lowering of the flag

Flags are traditionally held at half-mast during times of mourning. Syria has been in mourning for almost two years. At least 38,000 are feared dead, and 340,000 are refugees. The vast majority are civilians. The vast majority were killed by the foot soldiers of a family that will do anything to stay in power.  Until [...]

Opposing Bashar

Now that the killing has, in all likelihood, exceeded 30,000, the opposition has finally got its act together. For the first time in more than a year, there is genuine, unabashed hope coming from the killing fields. Despite the horror perpetrated by an army that will continue murdering until there is only one family left [...]

Farouq Al-Sharaa’s missing week

It has been said that the Syrian regime only learns of a defection when an official doesn’t turn up to work. So when the country’s vice president disappeared from the public eye for a week, it seemed as though the FSA had claimed a major scalp. “Farouq Al-Sharaa did defect [and] we were trying to [...]

Syria: the bad old good old days

An interesting argument is brewing over on The Spectator blog, between Nick Cohen and the always readable Matthew Teller. It started off as a rant against travel guidebooks, Lonely Planet in particular. But it has ended up in a fight over who knew what, and when, about Assad. Cohen’s opening salvo pulls out a few [...]

Fighter jets bomb Aleppo

Syrian fighter jets have bombed Aleppo, according to the BBC’s Ian Pannell. This is possibly the first time jets have been used in this conflict (although this is disputed, with some saying they were used in Rastan). Using jets stinks of desperation, and shows just how hard the regime is having to fight to keep [...]

Syria admits possessing chemical weapons

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has admitted what many have believed for years – it does possess chemical weapons. But it says it will only use them if there is foreign intervention. There seem to be mixed messages, though. Here, Jihad Makdissi, says that they will use chemical weapons, “if they exist”. But then later, he says [...]

Has Assad lost ‘day-to-day control’ of Syria?

Something very interesting caught my eye in the sidebar of this BBC story. BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar, who’s in Damascus, made the following claim: There is a sense in Damascus shared by many diplomats, international officials and those opposed to President Assad that his regime may no longer have complete and direct [...]

What’s up with Fisk?

Below his usual low standard, today Robert Fisk tells us that: “[In] Lebanon. Its press is free. Its people are. It got shot of Syria in 1995 (albeit at the cost of an ex-Prime Minister’s life)” So Hariri died 10 years before he was killed, apparently. “In Yemen, there are bad times – the government [...]

Playing cat and mouse with the Free Syrian Army

Another ‘we sneaked into Syria’ story. A brave journalist and photographer spent time with the FSA in Idlib. I’m not sure what to make of this. Opinions on Twitter please, @ me (@syrianews). Two hundred men and children shouted anti-Assad chants, drums beat loudly and people lifted their arms, swayed and waved flags and banners. [...]

Asef Shawkat assassinated?

The FSA seems to be claiming that it has killed Asef Shawkat. (This has NOT been reported elsewhere yet). 6 or 8 high-ranking officials were rushed to the Shami hospital in Malki, according to the LCC, after they were poisoned by a chef. Malki is the richest neighbourhood in Damascus, and is home to the president’s [...]

From Rankous

Just stop what you’re doing and read this from an incredibly brave Economist reporter in a village next to Zabadani. A report from Rankous – The Economist THE houses in the western half of Rankous, a small town north of Damascus, reek of acrid smoke. A burned shoe lies on the floor while fans droop [...]

12 months of Syrian stories

One of the reasons I started this site was to raise awareness about a country rarely in the news. A country whose stories were not being told. The past year has changed everything. On the anniversary of the start of the revolution a couple of months ago, The Syria Report did an excellent job of [...]

Dozens dead after bomb blast in Damascus

At least 40 are dead after double bomb blasts in Qazaz in the south of Damascus. The attacks hit military intelligence headquarters and have been claimed by the Nusra Front, a small Islamist group. The Guardian is reporting that the group appears to be real, rather than a figment of state media’s usual wild imagination. [...]

UN confirms Syria arms smuggling

UN Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen says arms are being smuggled into Syria across the Lebanese border. Now, this is very interesting, because until recently, observers – myself included – had dismissed ‘discoveries‘ of arms factories...Show More Summary

Urgent Red Cross appeal for Syria

The Red Cross has made an urgent appeal for $27 million for its vital work in Syria. To date, it has helped 200,000 victims of the violence across the country. The International Committee for the Red Cross is the only international aid agency working in Syria, and despite occasional hiccups, it has managed to get help to [...]

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