Jan 12, 2017
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Jan 11, 2017
By now I'm sure everyone has heard of the press conference, which has had some quotable moments. I think we should all give the man a chance, we don't know how good, or bad, he'll be as of yet, until he's done at least 1 year in office. In my opinion. Enough of the speculation, please!
Anyway, the entire press conference is available for viewing here. Enjoy, or not. ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) - A large group of rebels int the Wadi Barada area surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Wednesday after a temporary agreement was put in place between the government and opposition.
Russia Today's (RT) Lizzie Phelan reported on Wednesday that at least 300 rebel fighters surrendered to the Syrian Arab Army inside the town of Deir Qannoun, as they see no reason to continue their fight.
Clashes are reportedly still taking place inside the Wadi Barada area, despite claims by the Damascus Governor of a ceasefire being implemented.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) claimed that 50 militants have surrendered and over 600 people have managed to reach the Syrian Army's front-lines for safety - no confirmation from ground sources.
As far as the reported ceasefire, it appears to be holding among the non-jihadist rebels and Syrian Army; however, groups like Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham have not agreed to terms.
Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز
- Syrian army says countrywide ceasefire to start midnight Thursday
- Militants surrender Wadi Barada water supply area to Syrian Army
- Young girl suicide bomber in Damascus police station blast- state TV
- Ceasefire in Syria to come into force at midnight, Turkey and Russia to act as guarantors
- Russia reduces forces in Syria but civil war rages on
Dec 31, 2016
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On 14 December, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar called on his officers and soldiers to be ready for the offensive to ‘free’ Tripoli. An LNA spokesperson said plans to achieve this were already underway. However, it is likely that any attempt by LNA forces to take Tripoli by force will unite Tripoli’s currently divided militia forces (both pro and anti-GNA) against the LNA.The LNA’s operation room in western Libya is situated in Zintan and led by Zintani Brigadier Idris Madi. However, the powerful LNA-aligned city appears to be divided over launching a new offensive in Tripoli. Both Misrata and Zintan military councils issued statements distancing themselves from Haftar’s announcement to seize Tripoli, stressing the need for peaceful political process. On 16 December, Libyan National Army (LNA) units were sent to reinforce the LNA-controlled Watiya airbase south-west of Sabratha and then advanced to within 20 km south of Zawiyya.
Dec 23, 2016
Thanks to The Arabist for providing the below links:
- How Egyptian ‘Democracy’ Really Works - The New York Times
- Russia’s Rise in Mideast Creates Enemies
Good piece by Yaroslav Trofimov.
- Signal Claims Egypt Is Blocking Access to Encrypted Messaging App | Motherboard
- Hazem Kandil: Sisi's Egypt. New Left Review 102, November-December 2016.
- What we know about the man Sisi named the St. Peter and St. Paul Church bomber
- Europeans greatly overestimate Muslim population, poll shows
- A Turbulent Time in Saudi-Egyptian Relations
- U.S. Blocks Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Amid Concerns Over Yemen War
- The Making of Egypt's Presidents
Interesting letter from Menufiya.
- Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House
- Sahara : le Polisario maintient la pression à Guerguerat - Le Desk
- Rentrer du djihad | Mediapart
Interview avec David Thomson
- Turkey military purge has ‘degraded’ Nato, says general
- Egypt, China sign currency swap deal
So Egypt can import from China in yuans rather than dollars.
- Islamic State loses its stronghold in Libya, but more chaos could soon follow - The Washington Post
- Russia, NATO, Trump: The Shadow World | by Robert Cottrell | The New York Review of Books
- Palestine: The End of the Bedouins? | by David Shulman | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
- The incredible story behind the Syrian protest singer everyone thought was dead
- Syria’s New Media Landscape | Middle East Institute
- Quick Thoughts: Mouin Rabbani on Aleppo and the Syria Conflict
- Yemen: US-Made Bombs Used in Unlawful Airstrikes | Human Rights Watch
- Advice for Young Muslims
Letters by the UAE ambassador to Russia to his son.
- Welcome to the age of anger | Pankaj Mishra
- Saudis Are Trying to Figure Out How the Post-Oil Era Works
- Egypt: Laughter in the Dark | by Zadie Smith | NYR Daily
On Ahmed Naji.
- Paris/Rakka, aller-retour : parcours de radicalisation
Podcast featuring David Thomson and Farhad Khosrokhavar.
- An Egyptian court just struck down part of a repressive new law. Here’s what that means. - The Washington Post
Brown and Hamzawi on the protest law ruling
- Jihadi Document Repository
Useful collection by Norwegian scholars
- Le Palais rappelle à Benkirane les véritables limites de son pouvoir - Le Desk
Morocco PM, usually silent on foreign policy, slams Russia over Syria and gets slammed back by palace.
- Discontent grows louder in Ethiopia as regime fights for survival
Major potential impact downriver.
- How the War Ends in Syria - NYT
Poor piece by Galbraith, starting w/ assumption it will end.
- Slavoj Zizek on a 'clash of civilisations' - UpFront
Rather combative. Good for Zizek to be called on his provocations.
- Mixed rulings for protest law by Egypt constitutional court
- Another Arab awakening is looming, warns a UN report | The Economist
- The End of the Anglo-American Order
- How Stable Are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs Are Flashing Red’
New research tries to spot the collapse of liberal democracies before they happen, and it suggests that Western democracy may be seriously ill.
- Trump Tracker
- Honeymoon is over for new Saudi leader as reform pain kicks in
- Au Maroc, la disparition des écoles publiques accélère la marchandisation de l’éducation
- Libya's government faces forced currency devaluation | World news | The Guardian
Dec 8, 2016
Good article from Eye On Isis in Libya yesterday:
UN Envoy Martin Kobler has insisted that he will not give up on getting the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and the GNA approved by the HoR, while also denying that he is considering resignation. On November 29, Kobler flew to Tobruk to meet with HoR Vice President Emhemed Shuaib, in an attempt to reactivate an HoR vote on the LPA. However, news of Kobler’s arrival spread quickly. Anti-GNA demonstrations were triggered, forcing Kobler to stay at the airport to met Shuaib.
In an open conversation with the Libya Herald on 3 December, Kobler said that the LPA is not set in stone, indicating that re-negotiation of certain points in the 2015 Skhirat agreement is possible, including notably those preventing Marshal Khalifa Haftar remaining in control of the LNA. In that interview, Kobler also lamented the militia clashes in Tripoli, saying they exposed the failure of the security arrangements section in the LPA. Kobler highlighted that a meeting will be held in New York at the UN Security Council on 6 December to take stock of the LPA process as a whole, which may lead to an extension of the UNSMIL mandate.
Nov 6, 2016
'Good Bombs' Western media justify civilian victims from coalition attacks
Media should report in an unbiased manner regarding any conflict, but especially so in a very complicated, muddied Middle-East.
Listening to the rhetoric, especially from the US side, is embarrassing.
Urban combat is extremely difficult - even more so when bombing from the air. The US should put away it's 'air of superiority' when talking about how the Russians are engaging the takfiri militant terrorists in Aleppo City, Syria. Full Stop!
- Western Media Became 'Victim' of the Terrorists' Propaganda
- Syrian and Russian Air Forces Carry Out Massive Air Strikes in Aleppo Province (Photos)
- Western Hypocrisy & Propaganda
- The Syrian Revolution That Really Wasn't
- American Support of HR Catastrophe in Yemen
- [Video] Russian bombers pulverize jihadists in Aleppo City
Nov 5, 2016
ConsortiumNews has an excellent piece written by Gareth Porter, an award winning investigative journalist. Remember them, dear reader?!
- US Suffers Massive Defeat as Terrorists Crushed in Northern Aleppo
- Russia announces brief humanitarian pause to Aleppo attacks
- Moscow announces 8-hour Aleppo ceasefire
- 7 Israeli ambulances enter Syria's Quneitra, take wounded al-Nusra mercenary-terrorists to Israeli hospitals - the real Syrian Free Press
- RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER: Russia and Syria are halting airstrikes on Aleppo
- Israeli MP: Tel Aviv aiding Takfiris in Syria
- Wounded al-Nusra terrorists taken to Israeli hospitals following clashes and Israeli air strikes
Nov 1, 2016
Stephen Gowan's Wordpress blog, recently penned this extremely interesting and well thought out position on how the Syrian "Revolution" came to be. Some of you may find this surprising, others of us came to this conclusion some time ago. It's difficult to follow these events in the Middle East and not come to this same conclusion, if one is unbiased at the start.
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