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Archive for 'Syria'

Peter Tatchell’s supporters?

Since Peter Tatchell’s split with the Stop the War Coalition, John Rees is

Photo of the year

Argentinian journalist Alejo Schapire suggests that this photo (of a Syrian women celebrating by throwing off her burka as she flees from Islamic State-controlled territory into Kurdish-controlled territory) is the best of 2015.
Para mí, la foto del año 2015. Una mujer sacándose la burka tras huir de ISIS. pic.twitter.com/m8nNHem6Yv
— Alejo Schapire (@aschapire) December 13, 2015

It [...]

Their own agenda

At such times as these I’m glad I don’t have to make a decision about military intervention in Syria.  It is a serious business, and one that should overshadow all smaller concerns.
Not that stops some people of course:-

And my favourite from Carlton Reid, who I admire as a cycling advocate and for writing an excellent [...]

Belabouring the Point

Good grief! While complaining that not enough time has been allocated to debating the issue of bombing ISIS in Syria, for over an hour, all Labour MPs have done is intervene in the debate to demand an ‘apology’ from David Cameron for the ’slur’ that Corbyn & Co are “terrorist sympathisers“.
Of course, what makes Cameron’s [...]

Should the UK bomb Syria?

This is a cross-post from The Rambling Infidel
David Cameron has laid out his plan to extend operations against ISIS from Iraq into Syria and will hold a vote in Parliament on Wednesday to decide whether her Majesty’s armed forces should intervene in Syria to fight ISIS by way of airstrikes. He is calling for a ‘political [...]

Israel bombs Russia’s allies in Syria. But Bibi and Putin get along.

What I find most remarkable about the apparently friendly and cooperative relationship between Bibi Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin is that Israel is, so far, the only foreign power since the start of the Syrian conflict to conduct regular airstrikes against Putin’s allies in Syria: the Assad regime, Iran and Hezbollah– and that those allies, all [...]

Syria Solidarity reject Stopper anti-airstrike demo

As the Stoppers again take to the streets (this time to oppose British airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria), Syria Solidarity UK explain why they are not supporting the demonstration.

We oppose the British government’s proposal to merely mimic the American ISIS-only counter-terrorism war; not only do we believe it is immoral to fly missions [...]

An Ontology of President Obama’s Failure in Syria

This is a cross-post by James Snell
The Syrian civil war has been tearing the heart out of the country and the region for nearly five years. The mere numbers alone illustrate this brutal reality with suitable bluntness and force. 300,000 likely dead; 11 million people displaced, either internally or externally; four million of them refugees. [...]

No surprise

It’s no surprise that the people who did this:
#Daesh terrorists specifically targeted disabled in #Bataclan https://t.co/KN8jjzBi7x Via @Telegraph pic.twitter.com/FHzetk0ahw
— Jake Wilde (@Jake_Wilde) November 14, 2015

belong to the same movement as the people who did this:
The bodies of an estimated 80 Yazidi victims were found in a mass grave on the edge of the city of Sinjar [...]

The stubborn example of Kafranbel

For some years now, we have highlighted the pointed, often sarcastic banners displayed by the brave people of Kafranbel, Syria, aimed at Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, the Iranian and Russian regimes, the Islamic State– and, yes, at the Obama administration for its failure to intervene more forcefully on behalf of the Syrian people.
Now Raed Fares, one [...]