Articles tagged with: Bashar Al-Assad

Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 14 Jun, 2014

Syria Speaks

When the revolution broke out in Syria, most Western media welcomed it as a genuine revolt of the people against an oppressive dictatorship. More than three years on, that narrative has shifted. Instead of cheering on the opposition, some analysts and policymakers are now debating whether it would be more effective to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a known quantity, instead of the myriad opposition groups. This reassessment and the increasingly violent nature of the conflic...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Wednesday, 11 Jun, 2014

The Flower Seller of Aleppo

“Flowers, I love flowers!” exclaims Krikor. “I used to skip school so I could go and pick flowers. Everyone in Aleppo knew me by my nickname—I was Krikor, the flower seller!” His eyes shone bright as he talked about the job and the city he loved. Krikor was as intertwined with Aleppo’s Armenian quarter as the honey-colored bricks of the old Orthodox churches. Everyone knew him, he says—he didn’t have friends, he had customers. They would go to see him for import...

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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 Ha...

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Antonia Roupell
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on : Thursday, 29 May, 2014

Fixed Poll, Mixed Support

Beirut—On May 28, tens of thousands of Syrians currently living in Lebanon went to vote in the upcoming Syrian presidential election. The unprecedented turnout that followed ...

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James Denselow
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on : Tuesday, 27 May, 2014

Today’s Friends, Tomorrow’s Enemies?

The Syrian government’s capture of Homs, the so-called ‘capital of the revolution,’ and Bashar Al-Assad’s inevitable victory in the upcoming presidential “election” app...

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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...

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Emma Pearson and Katie Welsford
on : Monday, 19 May, 2014

Shaking Off Donor Fatigue

When it comes to Syria, the numbers are painful. Every day, the tolls rise—of the wounded, the tortured, the displaced, the detained, the missing and the dead. But number...

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Badr Shomali
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on : Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Shadows of Yarmouk

It is raining mortars in Damascus. Not even neighborhoods in government-controlled areas have escaped the onslaught. But in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, just outsid...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Monday, 12 May, 2014

Prosthetics Give Syrians New Life

There are dozens of towns like Şanlıurfa along Turkey’s border with Syria—sprawling swathes of apartment blocks wrapped around picturesque old city centers. Visitors...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Tuesday, 6 May, 2014

Rebel Surgery

In a safe house close to the Turkish border a group of injured rebels in various states of repair—or disrepair—bask in the sunshine. Many of them are recovering from th...

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