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False Just Wars: The Commons Vote to Bomb Syria

SHAFAQNA - It was a long session of debates – some 10 hours in all. There was little sane about this Commons session – the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, was making his case to rope in parliamentarians in the hope that he would get…

Deconstructing democracy - In times of great fear, ignorance leads

SHAFAQNA - And so it has begun, Western capitals have sounded the drums of war, arguing terror and a need to assert Liberty’s flame to justify yet another military campaign in the Middle East - imperialists’ newest frontline, capitalists’…

French Foreign Minister Says Assad Departure Not Necessary

SHAFAQNA - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad does not have to step down before a “political transition” process takes place in Syria. The comments published by French newspaper Le Progres on…

US invites Iran at next Syrian Peace Talks

SHAFAQNA - Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, the US State Department announced. "Iran will be asked to participate. Now, whether they come or not, that's up to Iranian…

Vanessa Huguenin, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): 120,000 people displaced by rising violence in Syria in October

SHAFAQNA- At least 120,000 people have been displaced by ongoing violence in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Idlib since early October, the United Nations says. "This is up from 50,000 we reported last week," Vanessa Huguenin,…

Israel Takes Advantage Of Syrian Civil War To Expand Illegal Golan Heights Settlements

SHAFAQNA - Israel is taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to expand its illegal settlements in the Golan Heights, just as new oil reserves were discovered in the contested region. Israel took control of the Golan Heights region, 460 square…

Clash of Mideast Titans: Certain geopolitical shift in uncertain times

SHAFAQNA - In between Russia's military intervention in Syria and Iran's challenging of Saudi Arabia's hegemonic power in the Middle East, the region is witnessing unprecedented political frictions. Those growing pains will ultimately…

Russia, US work on agreement to coordinate air operations in Syria – Moscow

SHAFAQNA - The Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon are working on an agreement to coordinate military flights in Syria, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry. “The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to the Pentagon’s request…

Saudi clerics call for jihad against Russia in Syria – to back ISIS?

SHAFAQNA - Dozens of Saudi Arabian clerics not officially affiliated with Riyadh have urged Muslims to support the fight of “holy warriors” against Syria’s government and its Iranian and Russian allies. The clerics are outraged by Russia’s…

Face off - Putin and Obama meet at UNGA

SHAFAQNA - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin remained at odds about the role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would play in his country’s future, according to a U.S. official. The two leaders met following highly…

Shifting winds: How Assad is becoming Syria’s only viable option - OpEd

SHAFAQNA - In a press conference this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel introduced the notion that Syrian President Bashar Assad could indeed be a useful partner in defeating terror. What could have spooked Europe so badly it wants to…

Iranian photographer to share prize money with Syria refugees

SHAFAQNA - Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian has said she will donate part of a 100,000-euro ($112,000) Dutch award to charity, including Syrian and Iraqi refugees. "It is hard for me to enjoy this prize as much as I would like to,…