December 30, 2012

Don't Rely on Mideast Past to Predict Future

Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

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As there's no model for the war in Syria, it's impossible to forecast how the fallout will affect the region.

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TAGGED: Syria, Middle East


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How Can Syrians Ever Live Together Again?
Hassan Hassan, The National
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December 19, 2012
A Chilling Account of Syria's Chemical Arsenal
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December 26, 2012
Syria Is the Mideast's Time Bomb
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December 17, 2012
Syria's Alawites Caught in the Middle
Hassan Hassan, The National
On December 9, nearly 200 people were killed in the small Syrian village of Aqrab, which is about 40 kilometres west of Hama. The village has a population of 13,000 people, most of whom are Sunnis, with a minority of about... more ››
December 21, 2012
2012: A Deadly Year for Journalists
Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen
Around the world this year, 88 journalists were killed, six “fixers” were killed, 47 "citizen journalists" were killed, 879 journalists were arrested, 1,993 journalists were threatened or attacked, 38 journalists were... more ››