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All in the Family

All in the Family Categories: Syria     Author: Douglas Davis

In the absence of free speech and a free press (among other political mod-cons) in Syria, Hafez al-Assad and then his son, Bashar, have cultivated the convenient habit of transacting business in the shadows, advancing and protecting - brutally, when necessary - the interests of the family and their

Syria's Business

Syria's Business Categories: Syria     Author: Jacques Neriah

The world has gotten accustomed since mid-March to reports of wide unrest sweeping Syria. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia but very much like in Libya, the Syrian regime has chosen to confront the "Arab Spring" with armed repression, including tanks, helicopter gunships and missile boats - thus provoking, l

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Scribblings: From Assad to Assad Categories: Middle East, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

British journalist and author Malise Ruthven has written an article for the New York Review of Books, later re-published in the Australian Financial Review (June 17), examining the history of Syria in the wake of the recent unrest, and especially the domination of the country by the minority Alawite

Countering the Assad regime's use of rape as a weapon Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

As numbers of Syrian casualties and refugees increase, the heart breaking individual traumas are often obscured or forgotten - personal stories like those of women who have been raped by pro-regime forces, and therefore, face possible death due to the local tradition of honour killing. But in a hope

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution

Info Sources on the Syrian Revolution Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

With the Syrian revolution still continuing, leading to much bloodshed, and potentially huge implications across the Middle East, it is very hard for outsiders to gauge what is actually happening on a day-to-day basis. The country is essentially closed to the media, so reporting is l

Misunderstanding Assad

Misunderstanding Assad Categories: Syria     Author: Tony Badran

These starry-eyed, bewildered justifications of the regime's current response are due to the fact that the majority of observers hold the belief that Assad is indeed a "reformer". Seen through this lens, Assad's actions would indeed appear baffling. Why wouldn't this "reformist" President simply ref

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition

Syria's unrest, Egypt's political transition Categories: Egypt, Syria, Updates    

This Update concentrates on both the increasingly widespread protests in Syria, and the state of the political transition in Egypt, looking especially at the role of the Muslim Brotherhood there. First up is a BICOM (British-Israel Communications and Research Centre) briefing on the state of the si

Assad under Fire Categories: Syria     Author: Roee Nahmias

Nonetheless, the question in Syria now is whether the genie of losing one's fear of the regime is indeed out of the bottle. For the time being, there is no unequivocal answer.

From Pyongyang with love

From Pyongyang with love Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

North Korean cooperation is a linchpin in Iran's development of ballistic missiles, without which progress would be retarded a very great deal. On Iran's nuclear push, the evidence is less conclusive, but North Korean assistance seems likely to be very significant to Iran’s nuclea

Essay: The Turning of Turkey

Essay: The Turning of Turkey Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Abigail Chernick

Since its decisive re-election in 2007, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been re-aligning the country's foreign policy. Under Erdogan's governance, Turkey has been moving away from its 20th century Western orientation and towards an alliance with

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IAEA: End of an era Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Efraim Asculai

On December 1 Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the three-term International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general passed the keys to his office to his successor... He will probably be remembered as the director-general who politicised his position more than any of his predecessors.

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