Syria Category

Is international diplomacy working?

Hello all. I’m writing this instead of revising for my mocks, planning university applications and generally doing things I need to do. But, you know, if I don’t blog for a while I get really cranky. Really cranky. Anyway, what do I have to say today… Firstly, a word or several on Syria. Along with […]

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2012 – another year of change?

Welcome to my 2012 predictions post, where I’m going to detail how and why I think things are going to go this year. I’d love to get some debate going, so please comment to tell me why I am wrong – there’s nothing better than an argument. The Arab springI think 2012 will see a […]

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Happy New Year! 2011 in review

It’s been quite the year. Let me take you back in time and show you how the world changed – mostly for the better. January and February saw most of Europe glued to its television screens as people in the Arab world joined together in open rebellion against the despots who have ruled the Magreb […]

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Hope and dispair

The world was enthralled last December when democracy reared its head in the Middle East for the first time. It was like watching a film crescendo during January and February when the Presidents of Tunisia and Egypt were literally swept away by the full force of popular opinion. All the good news made us heady as events spread […]

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Blood takes the spring out of Syria’s revolution

We first watched unrest on the streets of Syria in March, five months ago. By that time Egypt and Tunisia had toppled their dictators – and the whole Arab world seemed to be ablaze with possibility. As observers in the West, we naively expected Libya and Syria to go the same way, prehaps so did […]

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A warm Arab spring or a bitter regional winter?

The Arab spring has turned into summer and looks set to continue through 2011 and beyond. Already, Egyptians and Tunisians have freed themselves from decades of autocratic rule. In Syria, a rising force of protesters is battling the army, which is still loyal to the brutal Assad regime – a close-knit family affair. Hundreds have […]

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Round up of the news

Ivory Coast enters civil warFollowing UN run elections last year the defeated former President, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to step down. Since then a bitter stalemate between him and the internationally-recognised President Elect Allasane Ouattara has crippled the country’s economy. After Gbagbo failed to leave office by the deadline set by the African Union, forces loyal to Ouattara mounted […]

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