Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective

On July 14, 2015, in Articles, by admin

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective By Susan Dirgham Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or “Anzacs,” fought in Greater Syria under the Imperial Forces. Syria was then part of the Ottoman Empire, but beyond […]

Desperate People, Hazardous Escapes

On March 9, 2015, in Articles, by admin

Desperate People, Hazardous Escapes by Graham Peebles Besieged by civil war, poverty and violent repression, huge numbers of people are risking their lives making the hazardous journey from Tripoli or Benghazi across the Mediterranean to Italy. Crammed into unsafe, poorly maintained vessels, thousands of vulnerable men, women and children are leaving their homes in search […]

The Fantasy of an Iran-US Partnership

On January 7, 2015, in Articles, by admin

The Fantasy of an Iran-US Partnership By Seyed Mohammad Marandi Western pundits who blithely assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran can or will cooperate with the United States in Iraq against ISIL ignore a basic problem; how can the US be a serious partner in fighting a terrorist movement that Washington may have played […]

Palestine, Syria, Lebanon: The Plight of Refugee Students

On June 10, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Palestine, Syria, Lebanon: The Plight of Refugee Students by Franklin Lamb   Predictions about the likely course of events in this region, including occasional ones by this observer, have a way of not panning out as expected. But one prediction I offered recently to Palestinian friends in Syria—namely that Lebanon’s “media” would fail to inform […]

Shoe Shiners of Beirut

On June 5, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Shoe Shiners of Beirut The humanitarian issues of Lebanon’s Syrian refugees   By Eva Bartlett Today I seem destined to write about the poverty of many Syrian refugees here in Lebanon. I’ve of course been noticing it from the start, but today all my encounters were with refugees trying to earn a living or simply […]

Historic Syrian Election Brings Multitudes of Voters

On May 29, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Historic Syrian Election Brings Multitudes of Voters By Brenda Heard   On the 28th May 2014, expatriated Syrian nationals in numerous countries flocked to Syrian embassies to begin the voting process in a presidential election.  With all its potential flaws, perhaps even inherent flaws, this quintessential element of democracy is still the most effective means […]

Scarlett Johansson: Ambassador of exploitation

On January 23, 2014, in blog posts, by admin

Scarlett Johansson: Ambassador of exploitation   The Palestine Solidarity Campaign recently reported: “Actor, Scarlett Johansson, is currently an Ambassador for Oxfam but has just signed up to promote Sodastream. Sodastream’s main factory is in a settlement – Mishor Adumim – in the Occupied West Bank. These settlements are illegal under international law, and an obstacle […]

The elephants in the room: Israel’s weapons of mass destruction

On November 19, 2013, in Articles, by admin

The elephants in the room: Israel’s weapons of mass destruction By David Morrison   Israel is not a party to the Chemical Weapons Convention.  It signed the Convention in 1993 when it opened for signature, but it has never ratified it. Now that Syria has become a party to the Convention, Israel is one of only 6 states in the world […]

Bye, Bye, American Pie: US intransigence in the face of a war-weary world

On September 8, 2013, in Articles, by admin

Bye, Bye, American Pie: US intransigence in the face of a war-weary world By Daniel Patrick Welch US intransigence in the face of a war-weary world will mean the end of the country as we know it It actually shouldn’t be that much of a shock. For the last twelve years at least, Americans have […]

Iran and the US: Their Real Red Lines in Weaponry

On May 16, 2013, in Articles, by admin

  Iran and the US: Their Real Red Lines in Weaponry by David Morrison   “… for four years, the United States took the lead in blocking any meaningful action by the Security Council to stop Iraq’s use of chemical against Iranian military and civilian targets. Washington was fully aware of what Iraq was doing: […]