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Dossier March 2014

Syria – Christians: Under Siege

In the ravaged country, many religious institutions and buildings, both Muslim and Christian, have been hit, damaged or destroyed. The confessional element of the conflict has been underlined by commentators, especially those, on both sides, blaming the intervention of foreign forces on the battlefield. The Iran-backed Shia militia and party, Hezbollah, gave its support to…

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Soldiers, rebels, jihadists …

Armed groups in the Syrian war, form, self-dissolve, merge and are many. We present a tentative, complex list of their acronyms that came into existence over the last three years. The Islamic Front was announced on 22 November, 2013. It is likely supported by the Turkish, Saudi and Jordanian intelligence services. It is a coalition…

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Beyond Syria’s battlefield

Syria is the field where Middle East powers are playing a game that involves regional interests and hegemonies, arms trafficking and funding to militant groups. A struggle far beyond Syria’s battlefield:  the control of the Arab world is at stake. Israel’s concern The ‘Arab Spring’ was a nightmare for Israel. Uprisings led to the collapse…

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Syria – three year-old civil war

Syria’s civil war has occurred in two phases. The first phase, roughly from January 2011 until March 2012, was largely an internal affair. When the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia and Egypt in January 2011, protests erupted in Syria as well. In addition to the usual grievances under a brutal regime, Syrians were reeling from…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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