Category: Syria

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Patrick Cockburn: This could be the last siege of the Syrian war

Eastern Ghouta has held out longest because it was large, strongly held and could grow part of its own food. But last year the government tightened the siege

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Juan Cole: The Age of Total War in Syria

One of the most distressing take-aways of the Syria War since 2011 is that the United Nations does not work and all the hopes of the framers of its charter in 1945 have been dashed

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Sean Keller: Agriculture and Autonomy in the Middle East

The government of Rojava is democratic and decentralized, with residential communes and local councils giving people autonomy and control over decisions that affect their lives

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Reese Erlich: U.S. Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria

In reality, the United States seeks to remove President Bashar al Assad, or failing that, dismember Syria into zones controlled by outside powers

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Juan Cole: Nibbling at the Edges

There is a rash of articles about how Syria’s war is heating back up. It isn’t.

Rosa Burç: Defending Afrin

Turkey’s war on Afrin is an attack not only on Kurdish self-determination, but on democracy and women’s liberation in the Middle East

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Juan Cole: Russia warns Israel on Syria strikes

BBC Monitoring reports on a statement in Russian at the site of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reacting to the Israeli air attacks on Syria and the shoot-down by the Syrians of one Israeli fighter-jet. The Foreign ministry expressed “serious concern” over the Israeli air strikes, and called for restraint. The statement inserts Russia into Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: Turkey recruiting ex-Isis fighters in Syria?

Former Isis fighters say that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenaries

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Patrick Cockburn: Why we should fear ‘Washington establishment’ figures

The poor judgement of the very people who are meant to be a restraining force on Trump was shown when Tillerson made a classic blunder that may have negative results for the US for years to come

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Robert Fisk: On the front line in Syria

A confusing conversation with a doctor who may be an official of the YPG

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