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Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians

Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians Categories: Iran, Libya, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While ruminating yesterday on the US's decision to intervene in Libya, Middle East scholar Barry Rubin gave several insights as to why the West would choose Libya to attack rather than Syria. The assessement, unfortunately, is not particularly flattering for our leaders: I would suggest that t

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria

Déjà vu in Hama and Across Syria Categories: Middle East, Syria, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

In February 1982, over 29 years ago, Syria's President Hafez Assad sent his younger brother to ‘deal with' an uprising in a Sunni-majority city called Hama. Between 10,000 and 30,000 civilians died, killed for attempting to topple the Alawite dictator that reigned for over a decade. Today his


The IAEA: countering proliferation at its convenience Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Four long years after Syria's alleged nuclear program came to a sudden halt due to an [alleged] Israeli air strike, the international community is taking the Assad regime to task. As AP reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency has referred the program to the UN Security Council an

Hezbollah and the Hariri Tribunal

Hezbollah and the Hariri Tribunal Categories: Lebanon, Syria, Updates    

This Update focuses on the impact of the unsealing of four indictments for Hezbollah members late last week by the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), investigating the 2005 murder for former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri. We lead with an analysis and backgrounder by Prof. Willi

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

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

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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

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