The Syrian War in Five Sieges

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, July 19, 2018. The road to Raqqa, once the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, looks surprisingly…

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Women are at the forefront of challenging extremism in Idlib

Friday, July 6, 2018

Leila Al Shami. Posted on Leila’s Blog July 5, 2108. This was originally published at Chatham House. Here is a longer, un-edited version. In May, SMART News Agency,…

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Yazidi women: in defense of human rights sympathy is not enough

Monday, June 4, 2018

Richard Falk. Posted Richard Falk June 1 2018. Ten days ago, while attending the opening ceremony of a conference in Vienna commemorating the 25thanniversary of the Vienna Declaration…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 2

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Joe Hayns & Joseph Daher. Posted on RS21 May 10, 2018. This is Part 2 of an interview with Joseph Daher, on revolution and counter-revolution in Syria.  In…

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Exclusive emails show how the White Helmets tried to recruit Roger Waters with Saudi money

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Max Blumenthal.  Posted on MRonline (April 22, 2018). Originally published: Gray Zone (April 19, 2018). During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets…

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Seven years after: what is next for Syria?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar moderates a panel on seven years of the Syrian revolution featuring the great Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Thomas Pierret and Kristin Helberg. The 18th…

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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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Survivors of the Syrian Wars

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Published in London Review of Books Volume 40 number 7 April 5, 2018. When I first visited Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, early in 2015, it…

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Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011–16

Friday, March 2, 2018

Posted on Lancet Global Health volume 6, number 1. Background Since March, 2011, the Syrian civil war has lowered life expectancy by as much as 20 years. We…

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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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The Wounds of Afrin, the Promise of Rojava: an Interview with Nazan Üstündağ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nazan Üstündağ. Posted LeftEast Februry 14, 2018. LeftEast interviewed sociologist and feminist Nazan Üstündağ on Afrin, Rojava and the social stakes of the resistance to Turkey’s current military…

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As my recent trip to Syria proved, wars can be at their most dangerous when they’re coming to an end

Friday, February 2, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Independent February, 1, 2018. Debts will have to be paid for the casualties of this war, and some soldiers are becoming rather too over-confident….

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Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Meredith Tax. Posted on the Nation 26th January 2018. The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin. Last…

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Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Daesh

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent February 2017. We reproduce it on ME4Change as a useful summary of US involvement in the Middle East President Trump made great play…

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A War Within a War: Chechnya’s Expanding Role in Syria

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Neil Hauer. Posted on Souciant on December 4, 2017. TBILISI – International actors have been positioning themselves to exploit new realities in Syria and solidify their involvement in…

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The Smart Weapons Fallacy: Civilian Casualties From “Precision” Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch December 4, 2017. The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has…

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The Ossington Circle Episode 16: The Destruction of Syria and Solidarity with Max Ajl

Friday, December 8, 2017

Max Ajl and Justine Podur. Interview transcript posted on podur.org on April 29, 2017. In this episode of The Ossington Circle, academic, activist, and editor at Jadaliyya Max…

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Book review: War of All Against All

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindsey Hilsom Posted on New York Review of Books, 23 November 2017 The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword…

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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Published in Foreign Policy . The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our…

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Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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Syria: Underground in Raqqa

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Published on London Review of Books October 2017, volume 39 number 20 pp15-17. Shortly before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested…

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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ Rebel Rule

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eva Bartlett. Posted on MPN News on August 23, 2017. Since the liberation of Aleppo, and the restoring of peace to Madaya and al-Waer, most Western media have…

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Endtimes in Mosul: eyewitness account of the costs of retaking of the city

Friday, August 18, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books vol 39 no 16, August 17, 2017 . On 22 May, Ahmed Mohsen, an unemployed taxi driver, left his house…

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With the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria Russia re-examines relationship with Iran

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Anton Mardasov. Posted on Al-Monitor on August 14, 2017. As the Islamic State (IS) has been in steady retreat, Iran and Russia are facing real difficulties sustaining their…

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Mosul: Oppression from all sides

Monday, August 14, 2017

Haifa Zangana, First posted on Weekly Worker on 10th August 2017. Firstly, a few words about the recent history of Mosul, so we can understand the context of…

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A Shameful Silence: Where is the Outrage Over the Slaughter of Civilians in Mosul?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. First posted on Counterpunch on July 24, 2017. The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in…

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The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II

Thursday, July 27, 2017

John Dower. Posted on TomDispatch on May 17, 2017. World War II marked the apogee of industrialized “total war.” Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe….

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Five Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Sokolsky and  Aaron Miller. This article was first posted on Carnagie Endowment for International Peace on June 27, 2017. The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and…

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The Signal in Syria’s Noise

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sam Heller. This post appeared on War on The Rocks on June 30, 2017. It provides an interesting analysis of the current line-ups in Syria and policy advise…

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