Democracy is “Radical” in Northern Syria

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AMUDA, Syria, Oct 28 2014 (IPS) – There was never anything particularly remarkable about this northern town of 25,000. However, today it has become the lab for one the most pioneering political experiments ever conducted in the entire Middle East region. Located… Continue Reading  

Syria Hawks Can’t Get No Traction

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News With Syrian government forces and their allies scoring a major victory over Western- and Gulf Arab-backed rebel forces this week, neo-conservatives and other anti-Damascus hawks are trying hard to turn up the pressure on… Continue Reading  

Syrian Crisis: Carnage to Intensify

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The UN High Commission for Human Rights now believes 60,000 Syrians have been killed since March 2011 (far more than claimed by the Syrian opposition) and that death rates have been rising more sharply of late. Given the situation on… Continue Reading  

Gaza, Iran and Israel’s Never-ending War with Reality

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Okay, it seems I spoke too soon. Hamas is now back in the “Iranian-supported” camp according to this editorial in the New York Times, which identifies Hamas as both “backed by Iran” and pathologically “consumed with hatred for Israel.” President Shimon… Continue Reading  

Expert Q&A: US Should Encourage NATO/Turkey-led Assistance to Syrian Opposition Forces

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Emile Nakhleh is a retired Senior Intelligence Service Officer, a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico and a National Intelligence Council associate. Since retiring from the United States Government in 2006, he has been consulting with different US… Continue Reading