Category Archives: Political reform

Syria: Is the regime of Bashar al-Assad playing the Kurdish ‘card’ against Turkey?

For months the Kurdish dominated Jasira-region in northeast Syria have been relatively calm. Maybe the shrewd move by Bashar al-Assad early in on the start of the protests opening up for stateless Kurds, the so called Ajanabi, to apply for … Continue reading

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Lebanon: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon add alot of spice to an already hot dish

According to information made available to the Daily Star, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is set to hand down indictments next week, 3-4 July, on the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, and possibly as well of those people … Continue reading

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Syria: EU extendes sanctions against Syria

After today after the meeting of European Council EU extended sanctions against seven individuals and four entities (i.e. companies) involved in the crackdown against protesters have been added to the list which, among other, includes, among other, President Bashar al-Assad, … Continue reading

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Syria: as the refugee crisis continues Turkey indicates that it might intervene in Syria

Around 8900. This is the current tally of Syrian nationals that have fled to neighbouring Turkey. And today it has been reported that around 10 000 more are held up in makeshift camps just across the border, on the Syrian … Continue reading

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Syria: EU releases the names of those nine that have been added with Bashar al-Assad to the sanction list

As was announced yesterday EU – the foreign ministers of the 27 EU member in a meeting of the Council of the European Union – imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and nine other Syrian decision makers involved in … Continue reading

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Syria: EU Foreign Affairs Council adopts sanctions against Bashar al-Assad and nine other in the regime

At the start of today’s meeting of EU:s Foreign Affairs Council Carl Bildt, the foreign minister of Sweden tweeted that “…we start with situation in North Africa and Middle East. Strong message on Syria necessary.” Carl Bildt is not known … Continue reading

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Syria: to support or not support, that is the question for Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah

As we are closing in on 60 days of the protests in Syria it is now abundantly clear that this will be something different to the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, the drawn out fall of Saleh in Yemen and the … Continue reading

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