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The strange death of James Le Mesurier and Syria's disinformation war

The strange death of James Le Mesurier and Syria's disinformation war

This month, the BBC has launched a major new series on Radio 4 called Mayday, the result of a year-long investigation into the mysterious death in Istanbul last November of James Le Mesurier, co-founder of the White Helmets. Each of the episodes takes the listener on a labyrinthine...

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How Assad clawed his way to becoming the lone Arab Spring survivor

How Assad clawed his way to becoming the lone Arab Spring survivor

When the Arab revolts that were sweeping the region and toppling autocrats like dominoes reached Syria, Bashar al-Assad's days at the helm looked numbered. Ten years on however, he has defied the odds, surviving international isolation and the temporary loss of two thirds of the national...

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Isn't it time to form new alliances across the Middle East?

Isn't it time to form new alliances across the Middle East?

Geo-strategists cite the Arab world as one of the main areas of instability in the world. Civil wars, divisions and societal problems abound across the region. Hatred is apparently never-ending between Arab countries, most of whom seem to lack any sort of confidence in each other. There are...

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What direction will Biden take on Syria?

What direction will Biden take on Syria?

As Joe Biden is declared President-elect of the US, it is clear he has many matters to tackle. From containing coronavirus and managing the economic fall-out, to working to unite the country and begin to heal race relations after the spotlight on systemic racism earlier in the year, there is an...

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