Added on 11/09/2013
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JUAN COLE: By taking the words of John Kerry and quickly formulating a new policy on Syria Putin has saved Obama from a major political embarrassment
Added on 05/09/2013
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MONDOWEISS: As the vote in Congress nears there is one group of ‘cheerleaders for war’ who are working particularly hard.
Added on 02/09/2013
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CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s clear that impatience with Barack Obama’s position on Syria is growing within the Kingdom. So what next?
Added on 01/07/2013
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RAMZY BAROUD: You can be sure that whatever turmoil is happening in the Middle East the hands of the West will be present
Added on 26/06/2013
al Barnamaj , Asia , Bashar al-Assad , Bin Laden , Central Intelligence Agency , Entertainment/Culture , Humor , Joke , KGB , Monkey , Satire , Syria
TABSIR: Jon Stewart’s recent appearance on Bassem Youssef’s Egyptian show underscores the power that satirists have to unsettle holders of power
Added on 20/06/2013
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STEVE ROYSTON: The situation in Syria is so desperate, so serious and so wide-ranging that it has the potential to affect every individual living in the region
Added on 16/06/2013
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DANIEL M. VARISCO: For George W. Bush the phrase was ‘Mission Accomplished’. For his successor there could be another phrase that defines his foreign affair policy
Added on 04/06/2013
Bashar al-Assad , Conflict , Middle East politics , Syria
GREGORY HARMS, INFORMED COMMENT: The conflict in Syria contains all of the elements that have made the Middle East a bubbling pot for the last century
Added on 04/05/2013
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PHILIP WEISS, CGNEWS: Josh Landis’s marriage to a Syrian Alawite was judged fair game in a discussion on his views on the political situation. Why only him?
Added on 22/04/2013
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JUAN COLE: It’s clear that reverberations from the Boston bombings will spread to Chechnya and beyond. How will it impact the U.S view of Syria?
Added on 10/03/2013
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FRANCIS MATTHEW: The problem with this approach is that by going gently, it allows Al Assad to think that he might still win by fighting. And it also places a huge strain on the opposition not ready to fight a long war of attrition.
Added on 25/02/2013
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MICH CAFE: They met, fell in love and got married. A simple story but not so simple when you’re on two sides of a sectarian divide in the midst of a civil war
Added on 28/01/2013
Al-Assad family , Amazonian Guard , Angels , Asia , Assad family , Bashar al-Assad , Middle East , Moammar Gaddafi , Muammar Gaddafi , Protective security units , Syria
MICH CAFE: It seems to be a common theme among Arab dictators – recruiting women to front up the military in your regime.
Added on 27/12/2012
Bashar al-Assad , Beirut , Education , Egypt , First Lady , Lebanon , Susan Mubarak , Syria , Syrian National Council , Tripoli , United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees , United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund , US Federal Reserve
ESTELLA CARPI, TABSIR: Classes are being organised for refugee children and it’s clear that the Assads no longer feature in a Syrian present or future.
Added on 23/12/2012
James M. Dorsey
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JAMES M. DORSEY: This weekend’s Syrian victory over Iraq in a soccer match is being seized by the regime as ‘a great national achievement’.
Added on 02/12/2012
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JUAN COLE: From Jordan to Tunisia, from civil war to pilfered Palestinian land the Arab world is in a febrile state.
Added on 13/10/2012
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MICH CAFE: One is a lawyer and human rights activist the other is a leading author but the bravery of both women has been acknowledged by a wider audience
Added on 01/10/2012
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MICH CAFE: The catalogue of brutal rapes and sexual assaults of women, men and children grows by the day. A new documentary makes grim viewing
Added on 24/09/2012
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MICH CAFE: Abdelkareem al-Oqda was a Syrian blogger and citizen journalist who exposed the horrors of the Syrian revolution and for that he has been killed.
Added on 17/09/2012
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JUAN COLE: ‘A collapse in tourism’, ‘improvement in Barack Obama’s election chances’ – two of the the most significant predicted outcomes of the crises enveloping the Middle East