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November 20, 2017 - 11:12 GMT
A lot of Syria experts don’t like Maram Susli, also known as “PartisanGirl.” The Damascus born blogger runs popular accounts on Youtube and Twitter from Sydney. She’s an outspoken advocate of Bashar Al Assad, and consistently questions western media accounts of the Syrian War, as well as the intentions of the United States generally.
November 17, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
As ISIS pulls out of eastern Syria, U.S.-backed forces will have to contend with stabilizing this territory. But without local allies, the security of SDF-held territory will be challenged, write journalist Omar Abu Layla and security expert Nicholas A. Heras.
The Rmeylan oilfield, one of the largest in Syria (AFP/File)
November 16, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Experts weigh in on how the capture of formerly ISIS-held territory could impact Syria’s oil and gas sector, and the various groups competing for control over this playing field.
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November 15, 2017 - 13:49 GMT
We spoke with John McAfee, founder of McAfee Security (which sold to Intel for 7.68Bn in 2011), who is currently chief analyst and developer at MGT Capital Investments, a Bitcoin mining operation based out of the United States, to get a sense of how governments in the Middle East and elsewhere are responding to emerging blockchain technologies.
A camp for internally displaced people at Ain Issa on Oct. 21, 2017 (AFP)
November 15, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
As ISIS is pushed out of Deir Ezzor, local groups must lead the provision of public services and be given political representation. Failure to do this could lead to a new nationalist movement, writes local activist Karam Alhamad.
The outspoken ex-Muslim is not afraid to challenge both the left and the right for their views on Islam and Muslims. (Twitter @aliamjadrizvi)
November 14, 2017 - 15:02 GMT
The outspoken ex-Muslim is not afraid to challenge both the left and the right for their views on Islam and Muslims.
November 13, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The Syrian government is trying to capture the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. If it’s successful, it would be positioned for both a military and economic boost as it moves to secure a section of its frontier with Iraq, according to Fabrice Balanche of the Hoover Institution.
Syrian children at the Azraq refugee camp in northern Jordan (AFP/File)
October 31, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
Why does Jordan’s Economic and Social Council call for the empowering of the Syrian refugees and their absorption in Jordan’s labor market, in its regular economy?
October 30, 2017 - 20:00 GMT
No military success will be worth much if the country’s policy does not work to heal the wounds and bring people together in an inclusive, democratic system of governance.
The school year began in Damascus on Sept. 13 (AFP/File)
October 27, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
This monthly report from the Syrian capital looks at the return of the school year, electricity and the Arab Pharmacists Union to Damascus, and the dire situation in the suburbs.
Kuwait, the ‘kout,’ thrived on outsiders finding it a lucrative money-making machine (AFP/File)
October 26, 2017 - 10:20 GMT
A novel treatment of expats by our parliament took place in these past few weeks. Parliamentarians exaggerated how much Kuwaitis are fed up with the Asian-African invasion of our government institutions.
Trump, AFP/File
October 25, 2017 - 13:53 GMT
Drowned out by the noise of Trump’s countless missteps and misconduct is a very serious strategic failure from the Administration that is playing out like a slow car crash.
Israel announced plans for 1,292 settler units in the occupied West Bank (AFP/File)
October 24, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
While the Arab world is deep in unrest, Israel is insidiously working to implant more settlements in the West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967 and which is the putative part of a future Palestinian state.
If the Kurds themselves are divided on their relationship with Baghdad and on an independent state, the referendum cannot be expected to have any effect (AFP/File)
October 22, 2017 - 18:00 GMT
Whatever the explanations or reasons behind the collapse of the Kurdish defense around Kirkuk, it is obvious that Barzani resorted to the referendum without having secured first the Kurdish unity.
We spoke to the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the Internet freedom advocate and founder of online black market the Silk Road. (freeross.org)
October 22, 2017 - 14:25 GMT
We spoke to the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the Internet freedom advocate and founder of online black market the Silk Road.
Syrian authorities executed between 5,000 and 13,000 detainees in Saydnaya military prison during the first five years of the conflict, according to reports (AFP/File)
October 20, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
Tens of thousands of people remain in detention or have ‘disappeared’ in Syria, devastating countless families. Nevertheless, advocates say the issue has largely been avoided in peace talks and negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the Syrian conflict.