Syria’s Assad Shows No Willingness To Compromise

By Samia Nakhoul CAIRO, April 9 – As the Syria peace talks resume next week, President Bashar Al Assad, backed militarily by Iran and Russia, shows no willingness to compromise, much less step aside to allow a transition Western powers claim is the solution to the conflict. Threatened by rebel advances last year, Assad is now pumped up

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Middle East: Blurred Lines

The Middle East and the never-ending game of partition BY Nour Samaha One hundred years ago in May, Sir Mark Sykes of Great Britain and Francois Georges-Picot of France sat down together and penned their signatures to a document that would come to define the face of the Middle East for the next century. In

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Russian Bombings in Syria Risk “Cutting Off” Communities Warns Charity

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Humanitarian access to northwestern Syria could be cut off unless Russia halts its aerial bombardment of routes supplying hundreds of thousands of people with food and water, aid workers warned ahead of an international donor conference on Thursday. The alarm was sounded by an international

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