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Jabhat al-Nusra and the Druze of Idlib Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi While most analysis of the Druze in Syria focuses on their positions in Suwayda province- where they constitute the majority of the population- as well as Jabal al-Sheikh in Damascus/Quneitra provinces, it should...Show More Summary

News Round-Up

Frontline Developments:   From a friend: Souriatna is a rebel newspaper distributed in rebel territory. In a recent issue they printed a full page “je suis charlie” poster (viewable here, page 9: Show More Summary

Cartoon 104: I am Charlie

One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. “We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris,” said the statement. Cartoon by Iranian cartoonist [...]

Syria: Should the United States Do More? — Debate at the McCain Institute

“Syria: Should the United States Do More?” January 15, 2015 debate at the McCain Institute for International Leadership with Mike Doran, Andrew Tabler, Joshua Landis, and Aaron Miller. Elise Labott moderated. Video set to begin in the 11th minute, after insufferably lengthy intro. Show More Summary

Iranian Judiciary Shuts Down Newspaper for Publishing “I am Charlie Too” Quote

Two days after the conservative Iranian newspaper Kayhan demanded judicial authorities close down reformist newspaper Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper, the newspaper, in operation for only 16 days, was shut down by orders from Branch 2 of Media Court of the Iranan Judiciary.

New Video: Iranian Cartoonists and Satirists Speak Out on Charlie Hebdo

January 14, 2015—In the wake of the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, featuring nine prominent Iranian cartoonists, satirists and comedians expressing their solidarity with the victims of the attack and the defense of free speech.

Jason Rezaian Indicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court, Says Prosecutor

During a press conference today, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters that the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, has been indicted and that his case has been forwarded to a Tehran Revolutionary Court. Show More Summary

UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals

A new United Nations resolution warning member states about their responsibility to protect the health of their citizens against electromagnetic waves, including satellite jamming signals, was approved at the UN’s Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Plenipotentiary Conference which took place between October 20 and November 7, 2014, in Busan, South Korea (Resolution 176, pg. 277).

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow

In the continuing battle over control over the Internet in Iran, a new salvo was recently issued—the announcement by state officials that smart filtering would be installed on the country’s Internet gateways as the authorities had now developed the ability to selectively block “inappropriate and illegal” content. Show More Summary

185 Iranian Journalists Condemn Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack

One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. "We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris," said the statement.

Jamaat Ansar al-Islam in Syria Joins The Islamic State?

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi As outlined previously on this site and elsewhere in my writings, Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (JAI) is a jihadi group that originated in Iraq and expanded into Syria in 2011 thanks at least in part to the effortsShow More Summary

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case

An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case.

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders

In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei...Show More Summary

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested

Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.

Syria Photo Guide

Syria Photo Guide is my attempt to share with the world the immense beauty and rich heritage of the country in which I spent several wonderful years. The website was originally envisioned to serve as a guide for travelers wishing toShow More Summary

Footnotes on the SSNP—Comments from Nouhad Samaan, Head of SSNP in Homs

by John Eibner Dr. John Eibner is the CEO of Christian Solidarity International USA and member of CSI’s International Management. He has directed research and advocacy campaigns on behalf of endangered Christian communities in the Caucuses...Show More Summary

Sample Concepts of a Christian-Shi’a Alliance in Iraq

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the fragmentation of Iraq and Syria primarily along sectarian fault-lines- principally that of the Shi’a vs. Sunni dynamic- third way ethno-religious groups such as the Christians find themselves caught in the middle. Show More Summary

Syria Year-end Predictions and Analysis by Joshua Landis (28 December 2014)

Year-end Predictions and Analysis by Joshua Landis Syria Comment 28 December 2014 Syria will become increasingly fragmented in 2015. The Somalia-izaton of the country is inevitable so long as the international community degrades all centers of power in Syria and the opposition fails to unite. Show More Summary

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions by Aron Lund

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions By Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis December 25, 2014 for Syria Comment Lots of things happened in 2014, but the single most important development was the rise of the Islamic State as an independent...Show More Summary

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