Category: Syria

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David Swanson: How Did Syria Get Here?

Syria was shaped by the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement (in which Britain and France divided up things that didn’t belong to either of them), the 1917 Balfour Declaration (in which Britain promised Zionists land it didn’t own, and the 1920 San Remo Conference at which Britain, France, Italy, and Japan used rather arbitrary lines to create the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the British Mandate of Palestine (including Jordan), and the British Mandate of Iraq.

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Vijay Prashad: The Kurdish Front

Unity in action against the IS is the spur for Kurdish unity

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Ramzy Baroud: ‘Islamic State’ as a Western Phenomenon?

There is no question that while the battle is raging on in the Middle East region, the discourse itself is growingly being manipulated and is becoming a western one

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Patrick Cockburn: Life under Isis

“I left them because I was afraid and deeply troubled by this horrible situation. The justice they were calling for when they first arrived in Fallujah turned out to be only words”

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Paul Street: The IS Shock, the ‘New Cold War,’ and the Unmentionable History of US Empire

The United States’ complicity, along with its satellites and allies, in the rise of ISIS, goes back at least to the late Cold War era

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Combating the Islamic State: The Real Options

The Islamic State is pursuing its clearly stated objective of a greatly expanded caliphate by using extreme brutality deliberately

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Zehra Doğan: Êzîdî women’s journey of pain and resistance

While images of Êzîdî women in the media have largely portrayed them as voiceless victims, the stories of the hundreds of women who have escaped or resisted Daesh attacks remain less widely told

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Thalif Deen: Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

Described as the worst ever recorded in the region, the drought is said to have destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region of northern Syria

Jeff Miley: Can the Revolution in Kurdish Syria succeed?

An overview of the political and social ideologies underpinning the Kurdish revolution

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Arun Gupta: How ISIS Became the Face of Evil

It’s far simpler to convince Americans that going to war time and again is necessary because of ISIS rather than confronting the nuanced history and social conditions in each country

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