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Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report, All sides of the story must be heard

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Looking at the obscene photograph of old archeologist Khaled al-Asaad’s headless corpse tied to a lamp-post in Palmyra – another image for the library of…

Islamic State destroys 1,583-year-old monastery in Syria

By Robert Fisk, The Independent After a month, the militants realised that Khaled al-Asaad knew nothing – or would say nothing – and so they decapitated the old man and…

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city’s past was killed for protecting its future

by Robert Fisk, The Independent After a month, the militants realised that Khaled  al-Asaad knew nothing – or would say nothing – and so they decapitated the old man and…

EU states favouring Christian migrants from Middle East

Syrian refugee arrives in Germany (Photo: iom.int) By ANDREW RETTMAN BRUSSELS, TODAY, 09:29 EU member states with a strong Roman Catholic heritage are showing a preference for taking in Christian…

Syria’s fate risks repeating the catastrophe of 1920

Syria’s fate risks repeating the catastrophe of 1920 Aug 20,2015 – by Rami G. Khouri – Jordan Times   As has long been the case throughout history, developments in Syria today…

UN backs Syria peace plan after deadly regime strikes

UN backs Syria peace plan after deadly regime strikes By AFP – Aug 18,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   Syrian emergency personnel carry a wounded man following air strikes by Syrian…

Syria civil war: Civilians in Damascus pay the price for those in the provinces in conflict’s balance of horror

Syria civil war: Civilians in Damascus pay the price for those in the provinces in conflict’s balance of horror There are no good guys on either side, and the more…

Kos, the new Lampedusa

  EMRE GÖNEN Published A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees approaches a beach on the Greek island of Kos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to…

Syrians risk lives to reach Europe ‘for their children’

By AFP – Aug 18,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   Migrants queue during a food distribution organised by the local organisation ‘Kos solidarity’ outside the abandoned Captain Elias Hotel, where hundreds of…

Syria militants try to sneak in: Jordan

A Jordanian soldier stands guard on his vehicle in Mafraq, Jordan, near the northern Jordan-Syrian border, on Sunday. (AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published — Monday 17 August 2015  Militants have…

Greek island bears brunt as people-smugglers take Turkish route

By Reuters – Aug 13,2015 – JORDAN TIMES KOS, Greece — Michel Allatuain waited beneath the 14th century fortress at the port of this Greek island on Thursday, desperate for…

Historic developments visible in Turkey and Syria

Aug 13,2015 – JORDAN TIMES – RAMI G. KHOURI The four separate armed attacks Monday against Turkish security forces and the US consulate in Istanbul are all repeat performances of…

Syrians fear Army Colonel murdered during traffic altercation in Latakia will not get justice as suspect is son of President Assad’s first cousin

Hassan Sheikh, who served on the front line against Isis, was fatally shot by a machine-gun fired by either Sulieman Assad or his bodyguard BY    ROBERT FISK    …

The West likes to think that ‘civilisation’ will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

We cling to our belief that barbarism will never outlast the power of the righteous  BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Hitler set a bad example. He was evil. His regime…

Saudi Arabia rejects Russian calls to work with Assad against Daesh

Saudi Arabia rejects Russian calls to work with Assad against Daesh By AFP – Aug 11,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   MOSCOW — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Tuesday poured cold water…

Russia says ‘early details’ of plan to fight Islamic State start to emerge

AUG 11, 2015 – 10:46 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday “early details” of how to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic States have started…

Finding a way forward for Syria

Aug 10,2015 – JORDAN TIMES – James J. Zogby   A flurry of recent bilateral and multilateral discussions involving Americans, Russians, Saudis and others have provoked speculation that there may be a renewed…

Syrian refugees bear brunt of ‘high living expenses’ — IOM official

By Abeer Numan – Aug 10,2015 – JORDAN TIMES In this photo taken last Tuesday, a Syrian refugee boy carries his younger brother back to their tent at a makeshift settlement…

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