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2011–2012 Syrian uprising

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14 hard truths on Syria no one wants to admit

Vox - ‎20 hours ago‎
Syria's civil war, which since its 2011 inception has become a proxy war involving much of the Middle East as well as the US and Russia, could use some attention.

The lost magic of England

New Statesman - ‎2 hours ago‎
He watches television - the news (we speak about Isis and the Syrian tragedy), the Marr show on Sunday mornings, and he has been enjoying War and Peace on BBC1.
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Putin's Patriarch George Soroka

Foreign Affairs - ‎6 hours ago‎
He must have been quite pleased when, for example, the current head of the church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Rus' (the geographic reach of the title is significant), declared prior to the 2012 presidential election that the prosperity and ...

Pope Benedict XVI

Jamaica Observer - ‎7 hours ago‎
2011: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns and hands power to the military after protesters flood the streets of Cairo and other cities.
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Setting the Record Straight on Benghazi

Foreign Affairs - ‎16 hours ago‎
There has been no shortage of attention paid to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Most of the questions, however, have centered on the shortcomings in Washington's response to the crisis, rather than the causes and effects of ...
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How Vladimir Putin lost Ukraine

New Statesman - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
Poroshenko was a second-tier oligarch who had served briefly as foreign minister in the Orange Revolution government and as minister for trade and economic development under Yanukovych in 2012. He helped fund the .... It was a sharp reversal from 2011 ...
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The ruins of Syria's Homs inspire artists

Your Middle East - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
"It doesn't matter who did what, where and how. It's up to us to find the ways to heal both the wounds on our souls and our stones.
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A Cambridge University Student Savagely Killed in Egypt, But By Whom?

Daily Beast - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
Fearing unrest, the authorities arrested journalists, rights activists and Facebook administrators of pages that had called for protests to mark the day. Some 5,000 flats around the downtown square were raided by the police and 180,000 troops deployed ...
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Syrian talks exclude Kurdish-led democratic opposition

Green Left Weekly - ‎Feb 7, 2016‎
Indirect internationally-brokered peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and a Saudi-backed coalition of some opposition groups were suspended on February 3 - just two days after they started.

Can Your PlayStation Stop a War?

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
It's a controversial issue and one that has prompted at least six reports by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and was the subject of a 2011 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on selling them to kids without parental supervision. From ...


Today's Zaman - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
According to one study, the approximate cost of the Syrian conflict to Syria and its neighboring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, is equal to its annual gross domestic product (GDP).
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Gunmen open fire on Syria aid convoy, no casualties reported

KIRO Seattle - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's state news agency SANA says opposition gunmen have opened fire on aid vehicles in the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya, near the capital Damascus, but no casualties were reported.
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This shocking drone footage from Syria shows what a destroyed city looks like

Vox - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
In 2008, more than 800,000 people lived in the Syrian city of Homs. In 2011, it became one of the hotbeds of ... to the streets to march against Assad.
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Aniseh Makhlouf, mother of Syria's Assad, dies

Yahoo News - ‎Feb 6, 2016‎
At the beginning of the uprising against the Assad family rule in March 2011, she was reported to have pushed Assad to crack down hard on protesters.
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Donors pledge more than US$6 billion for Syrians

UNHCR (press release) - ‎Feb 4, 2016‎
Co-hosted by the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the UN, the pledging conference mobilised important new and record funding for humanitarian and development needs for Syrians and neighbouring communities hosting them since 2011 ...

North Korea Executes Army Chief of Staff: South Korean Media

Jakarta Globe - ‎8 hours ago‎
The North's military leadership has been in a state of perpetual reshuffle since Kim Jong Un took power after the death of his father in 2011. He has changed his armed forces chief several times since then. Some other high-ranking officials in the ...
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More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

KIRO Seattle - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
The ISSG includes 17 regional and world powers trying to end Syria's conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people since March 2011. Cluster bombs have also been used in other recent conflicts in the region, including by forces loyal to Libyan ...

Israeli military says top mission is countering Gaza tunnels

KIRO Seattle - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
The U.N. humanitarian office OCHA says 300,000 people could be cut off from aid if the Syrian government and allied forces encircle Aleppo and deprive those fleeing from their last way out.
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No haven for refugees - ‎Feb 8, 2016‎
Only a couple of years later, in 2012, Turkey was on the brink of war with Syria. Today its relationships with its entire neighbourhood are at rock bottom: ... understand the role of the Kurds, we need to look at the Arab uprisings. In 2011 there was ...

Syria: The Stolen Revolution

Brooklyn Rail - ‎Feb 3, 2016‎
Since the popular uprising in March, 2011, networks of resistance have formed in the continuum between militants in exile and those working in Syria's liberated zones. Ignored by the media that favor endless geopolitical analyses, these networks ...