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Speak Politely Mr. President: Lesson in Freedom and Citizenship

Speak Politely Mr. President: Lesson in Freedom and Citizenship

By Ali Eid No Syrian is free from bad memories. I still remember when my 8-year-old daughter came back from her school in Damascus 2010. She was sad and seemed offended by her teacher for not knowing who is the 'Immortal Leader', such a new term pushed her to ask ‘What does...

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'Pigs Brought to Slaughterhouse': Russian Mercenaries in Syria

'Pigs Brought to Slaughterhouse': Russian Mercenaries in Syria

(Zaman Al Wasl)- If it is right to say the 7th of February events represent the "mother of battles" that Washington fought directly in Syria because of the large number of fatalities, the Russian side represents what can be described as "the mother of the fighter" and for the same reason,...

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What fate for foreign militants in Iraq, Syria?

What fate for foreign militants in Iraq, Syria?

QAMISHLI (AFP)- Iraq and Syria’s Kurds have netted foreign militants by the thousands but while the former is expediting trials, the latter would rather send them home. A Baghdad court Monday sentenced French woman Melina Boughedir to seven months in prison, a term she had already served by...

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West won't stop the horrors in Syria even if it could. We simply don't care

West won't stop the horrors in Syria even if it could. We simply don't care

Saying there are "no words" to describe a horror is infuriating. But now not saying anything has become the new way to talk about the world's nastiest war. It is essentially the job of the United Nations to find the words -- to articulate the savagery being again unleashed on the people...

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The slaughter in Syria should outrage us. Yet still we just shrug

The slaughter in Syria should outrage us. Yet still we just shrug

Almost anything is more interesting than the massacre of civilians in Syria. Just look at today’s front pages. The Guardian leads on the slaughter of unarmed residents in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, but for the rest it’s a mix of continuing scandals in international aid...

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Why do Italian fascists adore Syria's Bashar al-Assad?

Why do Italian fascists adore Syria's Bashar al-Assad?

Rome, Italy - Six and a half years into the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, General Issam Zahreddine, infamous for overseeing the suffocating three-year siege of Deir Az Zor, was killed by a landmine. He died in October 2017, when his vehicle hit an explosive in Hawija Saqr during the...

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'Stop being so pessimistic about Saudi Arabia’s reforms'

'Stop being so pessimistic about Saudi Arabia’s reforms'

Saudi Arabia is debunking age-old stereotypes one theatrical move at a time. The significance of this remark will not be lost on those following the reforms taking place at large, primarily in Saudi but also in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region as a whole. In...

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Opposition failed 'Sochi Conspiracy' - Opinion

Opposition failed 'Sochi Conspiracy' - Opinion

By  Yasser Ashkar The Assad regime had a dialogue with itself in Sochi. The event had more of a carnival atmosphere than that of a serious peace talks while the lives of civilians in Syria and the future of millions of Syrian refugees still hung in the balance.    There was...

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Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Yemen in 2018: Deepening war or nearing peace?

Last year in Yemen was harsh, tumultuous and violent. 2018 has brought both hopes of bringing peace and fears of deepening war. Yemenis face two options this year: the war could be bloodier and more inhumane than the previous twelve months - or it could be a window to fruitful peace talks...

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Beyond Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

Beyond Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

On January 20, Turkey began to fulfill its many threats against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in north-western Syria by launching Operation Olive Branch.  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to remove the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from the canton and has...

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Pro-Assad Turkish militia supports PKK, calls to defend Afrin

Pro-Assad Turkish militia supports PKK, calls to defend Afrin

By Ethar Abdulhaq (Zaman Al Wasl)- As Afrin military operation continues to form a new scene in the north of Syria with the force of military action, the repercussions of this military process continue to affect the political level of the states and parties, even to militias structured...

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Features of Syria’s Economic Disaster

Features of Syria’s Economic Disaster

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian economy has been exhausted and destructed for the past six years. It is characterized by the high inflation rate, budget deficit, poverty, unemployment, debt and reduced economic gross domestic product (GDP).  The situation does not appear as if it...

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Syrian army widows suffer blackmail, harassment and neglect

Syrian army widows suffer blackmail, harassment and neglect

By Naser Ali (Zaman Al Wasl)- Under the title "Unarmed Combatants, Houses with Concerns and Expectations", an investigation tells the stories of the lives of a group of women of officers and militia mercenaries who have been neglected and blackmailed by state officials and institutions...

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Russia has fooled the U.S. again in Syria

Russia has fooled the U.S. again in Syria

Last year Russia brokered a series of cease-fires, or “de-escalation zones,” in Syria, including one with the United States covering the southwest corner of the country. The Kremlin claimed its aim was to wind down the country’s civil war and lay the groundwork for a peace deal between...

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Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains. Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar Assad's Alawite heartland had been immune to rebel...

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Russia gained a 'treasure trove' of intelligence on the US's best fighter jets in Syria

Russia gained a 'treasure trove' of intelligence on the US's best fighter jets in Syria

By  Alex Lockie In the fight against the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, US and US-led-coalition jets have flown thousands of sorties and dropped tons of munitions — but in doing so, they've tipped their hand to Russian fighter jets that have eagerly stalked them....

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How the Security Council Failed the Syria Chemical Weapons Investigators and Victims

How the Security Council Failed the Syria Chemical Weapons Investigators and Victims

On Aug. 21, 2013, a Damascus suburb called Ghouta was attacked with sarin gas, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians. President Barack Obama had warned that the United States would take military action if President Bashar al-Assad of Syria used chemical weapons. The attack on...

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In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war

With the map of Syria’s conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad’s favor, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region. A year after the opposition’s defeat in...

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