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All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva
Dec12

All isn’t over: Berlin urges Syria talks around ‘one table’ in Geneva

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned all is not over yet in Syria despite various declarations of victory and peace and called for immediate UN-sponsored talks involving various players “around one table in Geneva.” “No matter how much we wish there were peace after the long years of violence and conflict, the Syria crisis is not yet over. The ongoing fighting continues to affect many people with unrelenting...

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Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders
Dec05

Amnesty reports on how governments fail human rights defenders

States around the world are failing to effectively protect people who defend human rights, with a resulting rise in preventable killings and enforced disappearances, says Amnesty International said in a new report that follows other verifiable  accounts of how governments are abetting in the elimination of another ‘endangered species’—journalists. Amnesty’s new report, Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced...

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The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery
Jul12

The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery

Syria’s grim humanitarian crisis finds yet another sombre expression in The Lost Men of Syria exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, opening 19 July, writes Eastern Art Report arts newsdesk. Photographer Edward Jonkler’s work examines the role of men in refugee camps, and the shifting power dynamics that can often lead to acts of radicalisation and mental illness, with once patriarchal figures becoming “lost’. Fleeing violence...

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Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten
Apr18

Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten

Syria’s numerous hospital patients are an almost forgotten casualty of the conflict. The World Health Organisation says it is hoping to get to some of them, in particular cancer patients in health facilities not already targeted in the war. WHO cites the experience of 12-year old Khedr from Aleppo Governorate, who was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma, a tumour in the connective fibrous tissue affecting bones and muscles, in January...

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Syria’s tragedy and the story so far
Jan31

Syria’s tragedy and the story so far

Europe, not just the European Union, continues to blunder through policy and practice vis à vis Syria and its refugees as the turmoil in the country continues and the death toll mostly of the innocent mounts daily. And now there’s President Donald Trump of the United States, and the future for Syria, the Middle East and indeed the whole of Europe and the West looks uncertain. Amidst these multiple imponderables comes a new book from a...

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