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Syria’s War on Screen: An Exchange
Idrees Ahmad: He uses cynicism as a scythe to effect a moral leveling, declaring the regime no worse than its opponents. Robert Worth: To recognize facts is not to practice “false equivalence.” And to deny that this is a civil war is to trade Syria’s complex reality for a partisan caricature.
February 17, 2020
Who Are Turkey’s Proxy Fighters in Syria?
Mazen, a Levant Front fighter, used the third person to describe his faction’s participation in Turkey’s Syrian intervention: “they [the SNA fighters] are employees of the Turkish state to protect its border.” Then he switched to the first person: “The Turks are using us as cannon fodder. We’ve become mercenaries.”
November 27, 2019
Kashmir on the Edge of the Abyss
What will happen now? The Congress Party and the parties to its left will bleat on about Article 370 and refuse to accept that it has been their own policies and silences that paved the way for Modi to push through his party’s demands. Fear and opportunism have silenced liberal India.
August 13, 2019
Bellingcat & Investigative Journalism Reinvented
The business of news-gathering is in the midst of an institutional and epistemic crisis—one that can only be solved by an unflinching commitment to truth and accuracy. Open-source journalism is here not to replace traditional journalism but to reinforce it.
June 10, 2019
Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets
“We operate on the pretty infallible assumption that any government which refuses to let us in has something big to hide from us,” UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour told me. The Assad regime and the Russians are trying to neutralize the White Helmets because they are potential witnesses to war crimes.
October 16, 2018
Russia and the Syrian Reconquest of Idlib
The endgame of the war in Syria is likely to come down to the northwestern province of Idlib, on the Turkish border, where some 2.3 million people are now trapped. Russia clearly has the necessary leverage over the Assad government to avoid a bloodbath there. The key is getting Russia to use that leverage.
July 24, 2018
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