Syria

Aleppo: the Final Test

The winter examination period had begun at the University of Aleppo and 15 January was its first day. Many of the young men and women set off for their exams with the same well-known and completely understandable mixed feelings of nervousness, but also hope that they would pass the intellectual […]

Syria and International Criminal Court

New Phase of Military and Diplomatic Stand-Off The situation in Syria is evolving according to the most unfavorable scenario. The opposition has met the President Bashar Assad’s proposals for peaceful resolution of the crisis with Aleppo University bomb attacks. Another diplomatic provocation is in the works in response to the […]

Syrian Endgame

«Quick victory» in Middle East or Big Regional Fire? Many think the events in Syria are nearing the climax. The West and Israel are openly talking about the «endgame» soon to come. Any peace initiatives put forward by Bashar Assad are flatly refused from the start, like the one he […]

Syria Will Resist Even After Assad

A Los-Angeles Times article begins with this sentence: “Now that a consensus is forming that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s days are numbered, diplomats and Middle East experts….” Aside from the psychological warfare value of mainstream Western media’s “days are numbered” mantra, this now hackneyed phrase which has been repeatedly refuted […]

For Whom the Syrian Bell Tolls

The top geopolitical tragedy in 2012 is bound to remain the top geopolitical tragedy in 2013: the rape of Syria. Just as once in a while I go back to my favorite Hemingway passages, lately I’ve been going back to some footage I shot years ago of the Aleppo souk […]

Syria: Apocalypse Cancelled

The situation around Syria has been eased the last days. The Americans are withdrawing the USS Eisenhower and USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Groups from the Eastern Mediterranean. President Obama expects this step would ‘ease the tension in the region’. What kind of tension has happened to be a matter […]

NATO Turns Up Heat in Syria Psy-War

NATO tells tales of recently launched “Scud missiles” to retroactively justify Patriot missile deployment months in the making. In a recent bid to psychologically break Syria’s government and military leadership, producing long sought-after defections, US-led NATO has decided to place Patriot missile systems along the Turkish-Syrian border. The announcement was […]