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At Fisk

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
When The Independent went entirely online in late March, its readers (or what were left of them) received solemn undertakings that it would keep its high standards of reporting and analysis, even if it was no longer in print. An op-ed by none other than Robert Fisk written on 10th [...]

People of Yarmouk ask: Where’s the solidarity?

As the the long-suffering Palestinian inhabitants of the Yarmouk camp near Damascus are caught in yet another round of fighting and another brutal siege, a heart-rending Facebook post has appeared:
Statement by the besieged people of Yarmouk:
Humanitarian situation in Yarmouk:
With the continuation of clashes between ISIS and Al-Nusra Front on the one hand and the renewed [...]

The things we don’t notice

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
In a week in which revelations about corruption and graft turned into a parochial story about tax returns, and in which the main event seems to be about an unmarried male politician’s private life, I though HP’s readers might be interested in some of the other stories doing the rounds [...]

Syria’s Holy War

This is a guest post by James Snell
Review – The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency
Jihadism is in many ways the perfect enemy. It insists upon and mandates self-abnegation – even, in some instances, self-destruction; it despises much of what we consider essential for a just and free society; and [...]

“Celebrating” April Fools Day in Aleppo, Syria

Fun April Fools' Day signs from Aleppo city today
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) April 1, 2016

Also, take a few minutes to listen to this interview with French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was held prisoner by the Islamic State for almost a year: particularly his view on the role of the Syrian regime in the rise [...]

Partial truce allows Assad’s opponents to return to the streets

As a partial and very tenuous truce continues in Syria, one encouraging result is the return of non-violent street demonstrations against the Assad regime.
“We are not fans of killing, but the regime forced us to fight,” was the protesters’ message, said a local activist [in Idlib province] who goes by the pseudonym Ibrahim al-Idlibi for [...]

Hitchens attacker dead in Syria

One of the members of the fascist Syrian Social National Party who attacked the late Christopher Hitchens in Beirut in 2009 for defacing one of their neo-swastika posters has died fighting for the fascist butcher Assad in Syria.
Syrian Social Nationalist Party (the departed, Adonis Nasr, is the, um, heavyset guy in front)
National Socialist [...]

The ‘Good Guys’ in Colour

This is a cross-post by James Snell
The importance of Syria’s civil war in international terms cannot be overstated. It has spawned the greatest mass movement of people since the end of the Second World War. It has provided thousands of terrible, heart-wrenching vignettes, from the unseeing body of a small boy washed up on a [...]

In Search of a Terror-Famine

This is a cross-post by James Snell
Things are done quite differently today. When populations are starved, held captive against their will, there are certain actions which can be put into place. It is very likely that there will be a camera present, for example, with which to document the atrocities in real time. It is [...]

“[Putin] is helping ISIS by shelling us”

This report makes it as clear as can be that Russian airstrikes in Syria are not intended primarily to defeat the Islamic State but rather to prop up Bashar al-Assad against his enemies– including those who are on the front lines fighting IS.