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September 30, 2013
Life is no longer bearable. After my father was killed in the [Yarmouk] camp, we had to move into the shelter home. We share our room with a mother and her small kids. They cry a lot, and I can’t sleep or study. I asked mom to get us out of here, but she’s always crying. She can’t rent us our own place. If dad were alive, this wouldn’t have happened to us.
Seventh-grade student Sirine says on school and life in Syria. The school year has begun a week or two ago amid the ongoing conflict in the nation. 
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September 15, 2013
This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

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September 13, 2013

sturtlovinggood says: Syria?

» SFB says: Of mixed mind on the issue other than to say, it sucks for everyone—particularly the people currently suffering and in fear within the country, who get lost in the mix whenever we hear about the drama between Russia and the U.S. I think the Obama administration, if they’re gonna make an issue of it, needs to look beyond chemical weapons and at the numerous violent incidents that have taken place over the past few years. I don’t like war, but Syria isn’t getting any better and the international community has to figure out some way to ease this situation without washing their hands of it. Last point: I think that Obama was right to ask for a vote in Congress. I hope he follows whatever guidance Capitol Hill has to offer. — Ernie @ SFB

22:58 // 10 months ago
While the world’s attention is on ensuring that Syria’s government can no longer use chemical weapons against its population, we shouldn’t forget that Syrian government forces have used conventional means to slaughter civilians. Survivors told us devastating stories of how their unarmed relatives were mowed down in front of them by government and pro-government forces.

Joe Stork, Human Rights Watch. 

Syria: Mass Executions by Government Forces.

(via humanrightswatch)

The other “red line.”

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September 12, 2013
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September 11, 2013

Putin op-ed calls for caution regarding Syria

breakingnews:

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.

Wait a second … this is just a David Brooks column with the wrong byline, isn’t it?

21:25 // 10 months ago