The mass exodus of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn nation to the opportunistic shores of Europe coupled with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris have sparked intense debates over immigration and border security within Europe and the United States. The reactions from government officials on both sides of the Atlantic have been similar - calls for halting all refugee resettlement plans and demands for more intrusive surveillance…Continue
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At the center of Za’atri, in northern Jordan, there’s a bustle of commercial activity. The “Champs-Elysees”, as the main street is known, hosts more than one hundred small street businesses, including rudimentary food shops, barber shops, clothes shops and even a tiny library. Coffee shops are on the rise, and surrounding the “downtown”, as it is called, there are already 12 neighborhoods, and even some soccer fields.
This description could seem certainly alluring if you don’t have in…Continue
Two years since the revolution began, the war is still raging in Syria. On February 12, though, a breakthrough came about when an airfield near Aleppo was captured by a rebel group. For the first time, rebels were able to seize usable warplanes. This not only signifies a triumph on their part, but also marks a change in their approach – as battles in cities have now shifted to attacks on military bases.
About a month ago, rebels in Syria had captured the Taftanaz airfield in northern…Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on March 10, 2013 at 1:30am — No Comments
Civil wars are easy to predict. The result is easy to glean well before they come to an end. Whether it was the American Civil War where Jefferson Davis did not doubt that he would lose the war after Atlanta fell, or in the 2011 Libyan case where Muammar Gaddhafi was fighting a lost cause after the NATO intervened, this has been true in most instances.
Following that long line of examples, is Bashar Assad of Syria. A civil war that began with the Arab Spring, the Syrian case is not…Continue
Less than a week ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad addressed his country via television, denouncing his opponents as enemies of God, and puppets of the West. 21 months of civil war that has wiped 60,000 lives single-handedly has ut life in his country into a state of disarray. Assad has spoken out with his perspectives on the issues in his country after speaking to the Russian media in November last year, and after nearly eight months of speaking in Syria. …Continue
Added by Kirthi Jayakumar on January 10, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments
Homs, a city of 823,000 in the western Syria is one of the flash points for the year-old uprising against Bashar al-Assad's regime and it is also the most dangerous place in the world for journalists. Between February 22 and 24, four journalists were killed in the city due to shelling from Syrian government forces. Venerated American Sunday Times of London journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik have taken up most of the…Continue
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