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08

Oct

"[Journalists] are seen by the protagonists of any conflict, whether they like it or not, as being part of it. The war does not only take place on the ground, it also takes place in the media," explained Dina Matar, senior lecturer in Arab media and political communication at the University of London (SOAS).

Matar told Al Jazeera that in Syria’s sectarian conflict, like during the Lebanese civil war in 1975, local journalists might be targeted simply for belonging to a particular ethnic or religious group, or being from a specific geographic area.

"Regimes understand that there is a need for legitimacy, and a need for them to acquire legitimacy by trying to tell the story that they want to tell. If they see that a journalist is finding some gaps in that story … then they are going to target that journalist," she said, adding that Syrian journalists "are almost forgotten, they’re on the margins of history".

NPR’s Peter Kenyon tells Morning Edition that “one reason for the protests is that Kurds have been basically told by their leaders to go help the Syrian Kurds across in Kobani who are fighting ISIS, but the Turkish border guards aren’t letting them go. He adds:

“Kobani is so close to the border that people can literally watch it begin to fall. They can’t do anything to help, and the anger after these deaths, especially, is only likely to grow.

“If you step back from the conspiracy theories that Ankara is happy to see its longtime Kurdish enemies weakened, then a couple of things stand out: First, the Syrian Kurds don’t want Turkish tanks in their territory any more than the Turks want to be there — they’ve been fighting for too long, at least some Kurds and Turks.

“The second thing is that the arguments against ground intervention in Syria at all are as compelling as ever. For years, Turkey has been calling for safe zones, no-fly zones, areas where Syrians can be safe without becoming refugees.
NPR: Kurdish Protesters Killed In Turkey Amid Calls To Save Kobani

29

Sep

(Source: america-wakiewakie)

23

Sep

What we are faced with is a man-made disaster. We don’t know how many more villages may be raided, how many more people may be forced to seek refuge.
Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister, says more than 130,000 refugees fleeing ISIL have entered Turkey from Syria in the past few days.

11

Sep

In the fight against ISIL we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people, a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
Moreover I’ve made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our county wherever they are. This is a core principle of my presidency. If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

"Our objective is clear: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."

— President Obama

(Source: whitehouse.gov)

29

Aug

breakingnews:

United Nations: Syria is biggest humanitarian emergency of our era with three million Syrians now refugees.
Read more here
Photo: Will Wintercross/The Telegraph

breakingnews:

United Nations: Syria is biggest humanitarian emergency of our era with three million Syrians now refugees.

Read more here

Photo: Will Wintercross/The Telegraph

26

Aug

paxmachina:

"Humanity is proud of James." 
The people of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to James Wright Foley.

paxmachina:

"Humanity is proud of James."

The people of Kafranbel, Syria pay tribute to James Wright Foley.

(Source: twitter.com)