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The ‘crucible of terror’, The Foreign Desk

The ‘crucible of terror’

What are Western intelligence agencies doing to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Syria?

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 3:55 pm

What the Hell is Wrong with Me?, Eagle Eye

What the Hell is Wrong with Me?

The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 4:25 pm

What’s it like to be a Syrian refugee…in Davos?, Eagle Eye

What’s it like to be a Syrian refugee…in Davos?

Refugee Run can’t, naturally, make you experience what it’s like to be starving, or genuinely in fear of your life. But it gave this year’s Davos delegates an edifying glimpse.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 24 January 2014 at 6:27 pm

Syria crisis: The night I saw death – survivors of the Ghouta massacre, Notebook

Syria crisis: The night I saw death – survivors of the Ghouta massacre

“Death. That night I saw death” were the first devastating words eight-year-old Tasnim said to me. Sitting in the sparsely furnished tent that is now home to Tasnim, four of her siblings, her mother Rawa and uncle Kindeh since fleeing Syria less than a month ago, Tasnim fixes me with an intense stare and explains she wants me to hear her “1 million per cent true” story of surviving the massacre at Ghouta on the night of 21 August 2013, the chemical attack that shocked the world.

By | Notebook | Monday, 30 September 2013 at 4:00 am

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government, The Foreign Desk

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government

Much has been written about the findings of the United Nations report into the chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta area outside of Damascus on August 21, but there is one key piece of evidence contained in the report that stands out.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 5:54 pm

Ed Miliband and Syria: Postscripts, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband and Syria: Postscripts

Three more points about David Aaronovitch’s brilliant article in The Times today (pay wall), about which I commented this morning.
Aaronovitch says:
Labour supported Mr Kerry for president in 2004 (maybe Ed, in the US and silent during the Iraq war, even campaigned for him), they backed Mr Obama in 2008 and 2012, and celebrated when Mr Hollande [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 September 2013 at 8:36 pm

Ed Miliband on Syria: let anyone decide as long as it’s not me, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband on Syria: let anyone decide as long as it’s not me

David Aaronovitch has said what he thinks about Ed Miliband in The Times today (pay wall). It is all coruscating and excoriating, but these passages give you the main idea:
Mr Miliband could have accepted the government motion last week and taken the credit for getting a proper process established before action …
[But he] intuited that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 September 2013 at 9:59 am

Ed versus David Miliband on Syria, Eagle Eye

Ed versus David Miliband on Syria

A paragraph of exquisite dryness from Janan Ganesh in his column in the Financial Times today, in which he notes the resilience of the doctrine of intervention promulgated in his Chicago 1999 speech by Tony Blair:
Perhaps his greatest victory has been in influencing the British politicians who have succeeded him. True, Ed Miliband, the Labour [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 at 1:58 pm

“Increasing pressure” for another vote on Syria, Eagle Eye

“Increasing pressure” for another vote on Syria

The Telegraph front-page lead today is on the increasing pressure for another vote in the House of Commons on Syria. As Robert Hutton will tell you, “increasing pressure” is journalese for “not going to happen”.
As I wrote in The Independent on Sunday, the fundamental point about Thursday’s Government defeat is that there is not and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 2 September 2013 at 11:19 am

Syrian refugees flee into Iraq as the crisis gets worse, Notebook

Syrian refugees flee into Iraq as the crisis gets worse

As the Syrian conflict grows ever deadlier for the country’s civilians, some two million people, a tenth of the population, have now fled as refugees, half of them children. Since mid-August, a human tide of some 46,250 refugees have poured into northern Iraq.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 6:00 am

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