Category: Syria

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John Feffer: Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

It’s tempting to use a harsh epithet like “terrorism” to describe the actions in Orlando. Perhaps “mass hate crime” would be more accurate

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Patrick Cockburn: Distortions over Isis involvement in Orlando play into the hands of the jihadists

Western states are refusing to confront their Sunni allies in the Middle East whose well-funded ideology creates the conditions in which terrorism flourishes

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Robert Fisk: The US is dropping calls for Assad to go because the Syrian regime is a better bet than Isis

The Americans seem to have left the air bombing to the Russians (after complaining about it) and Putin is not afraid to say the obvious: that the government in Damascus is a better bet than Isis

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Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

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Patrick Cockburn: How close is Isis to losing the war?

The real test over the coming months will be the extent to which the US and Russia have the desire and capability to enforce a ceasefire

John Hanrahan: As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose

“I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it’s Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda

Local elites which hide their stolen wealth in offshore financial centers destroy their own credibility and power

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Juan Cole: If ISIL falls before November, how will it affect the US Election?

If al-Raqqa and Mosul fall, it seems inevitable that this development would much help the Democrats

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David Swanson: U.S. State Department: Don’t Hurt ISIS

Two goals outweigh all others for the U.S. government: U.S. domination of the globe and arms sales

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Gareth Porter: How Putin’s leverage shaped the Syrian ceasefire

When Russian President Vladimir Putin had a substantive meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, it was an extremely rare departure from normal protocol. Yet, there was some political logic to the meeting because Putin and Kerry have clearly been the primary drivers of their respective governments’ recent policies toward Syria and their Read more…

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