Syria: self-government as a first step, ultimately a democracy?

Even though small governing bodies have been set up in rebel-held areas, the Syrian opposition on the ground is trying to put into place a province-wide authority controlled by civilian, and not military, authorities, and has announced the creation of a 29-elected members provincial council in the battered city of Aleppo. This move has been …

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I told you so: it’s Iraq we should be worried about!!

In what many consider the most serious spillover of the Syrian conflict into a neighbouring country (others grant that honour to the car explosion that took place in Beirut last year), approximately 40 Syrian soldiers who were escaping from rebel attacks and crossed the border with Iraq and were accompanied by Iraqi soldiers were killed …

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Don’t forget Syria!

Death toll approaching 40,000 (plus those wounded, arrested, psychologically injured... and approximately 2.5 million refugees (both internally and abroad)!)...Struggle approaching its 20th month...Winter approaching in destroyed towns and refugee camps throughout the region...Update on the new opposition here  The situation thus remains extremely dire and worrying from all points of view. Heavy fighting continues and …

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