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Showing posts from October, 2013

Human Rights Watch on Syria

If you read only one thing on the Syria crisis this week, take time to read this Friday's report from HRW about the killing of almost 200 Syrians non-combatants and another 100 hostages taken by foreign opposition forces that may have entered Syria via Turkey.

Report here.

Syria's Refugees

This is one of the better things I've read this week on Syria's humanitarian crisis.
(Eakin has spent a good five years commenting on Iraq and now, Syria, and hosts the occasionally good NYRB podcast interview.  Roth has been reporting on refugees from various conflicts for about as long, and both are among a handful of younger journalists who I think offer empathic and honest reporting on the conflict.)

Lynsey Addario/VII

"In early June 2011, some three months into the uprising against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, Syrian government forces began preparing for a large-scale assault on Jisr al-Shughour, a rebellious border town sixty-five miles southwest of Aleppo. The events that led to this operation are a matter of some dispute. Residents of the town said that Assad’s security forces shot and killed an unarmed man during a protest after Friday prayers. At his funeral the next day, thousands of mourners marched to a post office where security forces were ga…