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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Sunday, 8 Jun, 2014

Syria’s Doctors in Crisis

It was February 18, 2012, when Mohamad Osama Al-Baroudi disappeared. Dragged out of his Damascus clinic by security agents, the thirty-seven-year-old gastroenterologist from Hama vanished into Syria’s dark security system. Just like so many other Syrians, he seemed to disappear off the face of the earth. His family knew neither his condition nor his whereabouts. Then, almost seventeen months after his arrest, they were informed of his death. “I was with Al-Baroudi and two other doctor...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Thursday, 22 May, 2014

Jumping Syria’s Aid Queue

The problem of aid delivery in Syria has become so grave that the UN is pressing the Syrian government to allow more aid to pass through Turkey to reach what it estimates to be 3.5 million people who have been isolated and cut off from any form of humanitarian relief. The crisis has intensified as the warring parties have reached a stalemate. In the north, the population of internally displaced persons residing in camps has increased by 20 percent to around 129,500 between January and Ma...

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Laura Cesaretti
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on : Monday, 14 Apr, 2014

War-torn Education

The Syrian education system is being attacked on many fronts. The first onslaught was the loss of life and displacement of students and teachers. Those who remained in the war...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Friday, 28 Mar, 2014

City on the Brink

Friday dawn, March 21, 2014 Istanbul these days is suffused by a sense of the absurd. Its effervescent fin-de-sièclism assails the newly arrived visitor to the city from ...

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Dilan Raphiann
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on : Sunday, 16 Mar, 2014

Halabja in Perspective

The chemical weapons attack on Halabja in 1988 remains one of the worst crimes committed against a civilian population in recent history. Today, twenty-six years later, Iraqi Kurds...

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Joseph Braude
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on : Friday, 7 Mar, 2014

A Commercial for China

Ratings matter to commercial radio and television because the size of the audience determines the price of sponsors’ airtime. But should they also matter to government-backed...

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Iason Athanasiadis
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on : Tuesday, 4 Mar, 2014

Melancholia ad Aegyptum

It is an early spring morning in Alexandria's waterfront Ramla Square and a distinguished-looking man—neither local nor fully foreign in his appearance—sits at on...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Monday, 24 Feb, 2014

A Normal (Refugee) Life

Dinner in the desert turned out to be fish, cooked the Syrian way. Back home, in the countryside around Hama, landowner Abu Hamza owned several fisheries. “The fish in Jordan...

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Malik Al-Abdeh
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on : Tuesday, 11 Feb, 2014

Dreaming of Sweden

Khalil was only seventeen when he decided to take up arms. After attending anti-government demonstrations in his home city of Latakia, he fled to the nearby Turkmen Mountains, ...

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Cathy Otten
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on : Friday, 7 Feb, 2014

Caught in the Anbar Crossfire

In the Iraqi Kurdistan city of Erbil, Yassir Qasr, aged thirty, leans over and shows me a photo on his phone of his house in Fallujah. The yellow cement wall is pockmarked with bul...

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