Tag Archives: Bashar al-Assad

Refugees From Assad’s Campaign of Murder

The level of ambivalence found in the West towards the mass death of Syrian civilians is truly grotesque. In March 2014 it will be the three year anniversary of the conflict, which started with peaceful protests and continues with the … Continue reading

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World Socialist Web Site: Doing PR for Assad

Cherry picking is not just confined to fruit. It is incredibly popular amongst politicos. Such an approach can be seen from the World Socialist Web Site’s defence of the Assad government on the Houla massacre. A copy is left below … Continue reading

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On Syria

Syria and the West are intimate friends. For years Western leaders courted Bashar Assad, arguing he was a moderate and a vehicle of change. Vogue even produced a propaganda edition on the Assad family. Elsewhere, Russia and China continued to support … Continue reading

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Assad’s Syria

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Greenbelt: British Christians, Syria And Assad

A yearly Christian festival has come in for criticism to the extent that Greenbelt felt compelled to put out a Statement on Israel/Palestine programming by Greenbelt. Whilst there is the broader question of, whether or not Westerners should be interfering in the Middle East, there should be … Continue reading

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Ed Balls, Timid Labour And China

Ed Balls is not an impressive politician, not by virtue of his shrewdness, delivering or occasional principles. Still, you might hope of paid politician, someone who does it for a living, would eventually get the hang of it. But no, … Continue reading

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Chagossians, An innumerate Iain Duncan Smith And More

I had hoped to start 2013 on a better footing, with longer, more thoughtful post but time and life are not so generous. I think the plight of the Chagossians deserves a wider audience: “For the uninitiated, in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Rev Stephen Sizer: More Anti-Israeli Than Pro-Palestinian

Rev. Stephen Sizer is once more indulging in victimhood and self-promotion. He has managed to convince some worthy individuals to write him references. Ever shy and retiring Rev. Sizer has published them on his website. They say, essentially, ‘he’s a … Continue reading

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In Short: Syria And Egypt

Despite the many benefits of the Internet, access to news from all parts of the world and almost instantaneous translation, it is sometimes difficult getting a grasp of what is really happening in a certain country, particularly those in the … Continue reading

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An Orwell, The Middle East And Boycotts Round Up

There is never enough time to read, reflect and blog, so whilst I think over other posts here is a quick round up of stories that caught my eye. I was surprised to find that George Orwell had a piece … Continue reading

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World Wide Snippets: Women’s Rights, Galloway And Attacking The Disabled.

A slightly delayed round up from a few weeks back. Lest we forget, Exhibit focuses on scientists’ role in Holocaust. How did this come about? As HOPE Note Hate comments. Individual tragedy from the Middle East, the Oasis of Peace’s … Continue reading

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The GOP Convention And More Racism Round Up.

[Trigger warning, Assange related material.] When the GOP Convention comes around there is almost the feeling that America has stepped back in time, not by the technology employed or the showmanship, but the underlying ideas. Issues that many might think … Continue reading

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Rape And Sexual Violent in Syria

I recently read a disturbing and under-reported aspect of the conflict in Syria, violence against women. Video: WMC’s Women Under Siege director tells CNN of the horrors we’ve documented in Syria. Lauren Wolfe in the ultimate assault: Charting Syria’s use … Continue reading

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Rounding Up The Absurd And Not Julian Assange, Much.

There is a lot going on in the world, aside from Julian Assange and his antics. Spiegel Online finds an ex-Jihadist making peace with the Far Right in France. CNN’s Ben Wedeman in Aleppo: “What we saw during our trips … Continue reading

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Assad Regime Guilty Of War Crimes

The Guardian is commendably forthright on Syria and the Assad regime’s crimes: “The UN has issued a damning 102-page report saying that Syrian government forces and Shabiha fighters have carried out numerous war crimes in the country including murder and … Continue reading

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Reuters Hacked by Pro-Assad supporters

According to the CS Monitor, supporters of the Syrian dictatorship had hacked into a Reuters’ blog to push propaganda on behalf of Assad’s regime: “On Friday, Reuters said its “blogging platform” was hacked illegally. The hack involved at least two … Continue reading

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Syria’s Dictatorship Admits Possessing And Biological Chemical Weapons

I suppose we should not be terribly surprised by the latest outburst from the Assad regime: “The Syrian regime has threatened to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first-ever acknowledgement that it … Continue reading

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The West, Conspiracies and Syria

In the West conspiracies have always been popular. They play to a certain irrational desire to simplify events, to explain away complexities and interactions by reference to some controlling force, outside of our view. That holds true for the JFK … Continue reading

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2012 Olympics, A Munich Silence Round-Up

I had hoped to do many more individual posts, particularly on the issue of a minutes silence at the 2012 Olympic games in memory of the athletes that were murdered in Munich 1972, but instead I present another round-up of … Continue reading

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Assad Regime Systematically Killing Civilians

Reuters’ report AI’s opinion on Syria: “(Reuters) – Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organized attacks on towns and villages that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing evidence from over 20 locations in the … Continue reading

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