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The Jehoshua Novels


Four French journalists freed after Syria kidnapping

RFI, April 19

Four French journalists are safe and in good health, after being held hostage in Syria since June 2013. The hostages were found overnight Friday by Turkish soldiers on the border between Turkey and Syria, where they had been tied-up and blindfolded.

French President François Hollande declared his huge relief on Saturday, in [...]

Syria On Track To Become World’s Largest Source Of Refugees

NPR, By Michelle Keleman, February 28

Masses of refugees wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk camp on Jan. 31 in Damascus, Syria. (United Nation Relief and Works Agency/Getty Images)

A photo from Syria is grabbing the world’s attention: a sea of people lining up for food amid the rubble of [...]

Ultimatum from Syrian Al-Qaeda group

Al Jazeera, February 25

The head of Al-Qaeda’s wing in Syria has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war that “will terminate them,” according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday.

Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of Al-Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq [...]

U.S. left with no point man in Syria after ‘moderate’ rebels fire their commander

McClatchy, By Roy Gutman & Hannah Allam, February 17

Reyhanli, Turkey — Caught off guard by the abrupt dismissal of the U.S. point man for moderate Syrian rebels, the Obama administration is now searching for new clients to aid in an insurgency that’s dominated by Islamist factions, including groups with connections to al Qaida.

The [...]

Aleppo, Yabrud, and the end of the war on Syria

Syrian Arab Army troops celebrate recent victory (liveleak.com)

The Syrian Arab Army may be on the verge of another set of victories that go far beyond those gained in the summer of 2013 when the Syrian army and Hezbollah took the rebel held city of Qusayr. The hotly contested battles rage in [...]

News Around the World

Cairo – Six people have been killed and some 100 others wounded in a series of explosions in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Ukraine – A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev

Poland – The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland

The U.P. ;) [...]

Assad – Saudi ideology threat to the world

(Hurriyet Daily News, Istanbul) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned during a meeting in Damascus on Wednesday with Iran’s foreign minister that Saudi Arabia’s political and religious ideology is “a threat to the world,” state television reported.

He was referring to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim tradition which is predominant in Saudi Arabia, a key backer [...]

Finnegan begin again – Syria and the cycle of recursive violence

James Joyce began Finnegans Wake with this passage:

“riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s from swerve of shore to bend of bay bring us back by a commodious vicus of recirculation back to Howrth Castle and Environs.”

Those sturdy enough to navigate the hallucinogenic, recursive, rhythmic prose to the very last page [...]

Before the NYT on the Syria sarin attack, there was the Who Attacked Ghouta blog

The only plausible scenario that fits the evidence is an attack by opposition forces. Following is a description of the main findings, with each one linked to the evidence that backs it. Who Attacked Ghouta blog, Nov 1

The New York Time article casting doubt on the blame Syria interpretation of the chemical weapons [...]

NYT: New Study Refines View of Sarin Attack in Syria

New York Times, By C. J. Chivers, December 28

A new analysis of rockets linked to the nerve-agent attack on Damascus, Syria, in August has concluded that the rockets were most likely fired by multiple launchers and had a range of about three kilometers, according to the two authors of the analysis.

The authors said [...]

Cameron must answer for deaths in Syria

PM Cameron must answer for his role in Syrian deaths Image

British Prime Minister David Cameron called for answers from the Syrian government for the death of a British doctor in a Syrian jail. In a letter to the doctor’s mother, the PM said: “Abbas’ death is a sickening and appalling tragedy and it [...]

Syria Inferno – Country burns while UN and West fiddle

Syria is a swirling cauldron of battles and tragedies as the thirty-day countdown begins for the January 22, 2013 United States-Russia sponsored peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland. (Image)

Syrian government sources reported between 80 and 100 killed in Adra, an industrial town northwest of Damascus. Al Qaeda aligned Al Nusra rebels and the Saudi sponsored [...]

Assad will be around says West to Syrian Opposition

Survivor – President Bashar al-Assad, Syria

Reuters just broke an exclusive indicating that the U.S. and NATO powers expect Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to continue as president. Portions of the exclusive are quoted below with comment in italics.

Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Dec 18

AMMAN [...]

‘Good’ Syrian rebels on run – Saudis ask Putin for help

Syrian refugees – when will war end for them? UNHRC

Will there be any ‘good’ Syrian rebels left to provide credible representation at the January United States – Russia sponsored Geneva II peace conference?

The U.S. favored rebel group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), experienced major setbacks in December. On the first, the Syrian [...]

Hersh I – Would President Obama use lies about Syrian chemical weapons to justify military aggression?

Seymour Hersh, investigative journalist – Montersino

 

Evaluations of Seymour Hersh’s article, Whose sarin? should begin with that question. A yes answer lays the foundation for receptivity to Hersh’s claim that the Obama administration lied when it claimed with a high degree of certainty that the Syrian government committed the attack on its [...]