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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
(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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]