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Victims of Chemical Weapons Are Soon to Be Forgotten - A girl stands outside her house in the District of Mosul, Iraq, as soldiers carry out an operation behind her. DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0)

Victims of Chemical Weapons Are Soon to Be Forgotten

While victims of chemical weapons in Syria are still suffering to cope with what has happened, the world has moved on to focus on the repercussions of American airstrikes against Syrian Army airbase. A message by Raed Al-Saleh, Head of the Syrian Civil Defence (White Helmets).  When the first volunteer team responded to the airstrike in Khan Shaykhun in Syria, they had no idea it was a chemical attack. They were all poisoned. Then the second team arrived, and we started to rescue the wounded and injured. There were so many affected. 

Syrian soldier with the national flag inside Aleppo's Umayyad Mosque [Reuters/Omar Sanadiki]

Aleppo: Evacuations Continue but What’s Next?

Evacuations from besieged Aleppo are in progress right now and thousands of wounded people, elderly civilians and children have already made it out with the help of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. Many of us have been waiting for this moment and have campaigned for safe passage for civilians and humanitarians who were being bombed in their crowded neighbourhoods. It’s a bittersweet moment. At the arrival point in the Aleppo countryside many were in tears. Some of relief to have survived the siege, others because they had to leave their homes and the graves of their family members…
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Violation of Academic Freedom: Israel denies entry to SOAS scholar - Protest by Birzeit University Birzeit University condemns in the strongest possible terms the denial of entry to Dr. Adam Hanieh, who was invited by the Ph.D. Program in the Social Sciences at Birzeit University to deliver a series of lectures at the university. Dr. Hanieh, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, was deported back to London on the morning of September 13, 2016. He was held for questioning for 10 hours at Ben Gurion airport, and then taken overnight to a detention centre outside the airport. In addition to being refused entry, Dr. Hanieh was banned from entering the country for ten years. Dr. Hanieh was scheduled to share his vast knowledge of global and Middle East political economy with students in the Ph.D. program as well as the university community in a series of lectures scheduled in the coming two weeks. Hanieh is an accomplished scholar, the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013) and Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), as well as numerous academic articles. This act of denial of entry and deportation by the Israeli state and its agencies is part of a systematic policy of denial of entry to international academics, professionals and activists intending to visit Palestine. This policy represents an attack on Palestinian academic freedom, and is routinely practiced at the two entry points, the airport in Tel Aviv and the Jordan valley crossing from Jordan. Birzeit University is not surprised by this latest instance of the policy, and hereby draws attention to its destructive effects. Birzeit University, determined to be part of the international academy, has been once again denied the opportunity to engage with an international academic who would have enriched its academic programs. Information: https://www.facebook.com/BirzeitUniversity/posts/1102979393070560:0

Israel Denies Entry to London University Scholar

Violation of Academic Freedom: Israel denies entry to SOAS scholar, which triggered a protest by Birzeit University  Birzeit University condemns in the strongest possible terms the denial of entry to Dr. Adam Hanieh, who was invited by the Ph.D. Program in the Social Sciences at Birzeit University to deliver a series of lectures at the university. Dr. Hanieh, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, was deported back to London on the morning of September 13, 2016. He was held for questioning for 10 hours at…
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daraya - syria starvation

One-Thousand-Two-Hundred and Eighty-Five

1285! That’s how many days the regime of Bashar Al-Assad has denied a UN access to deliver food and medicine to starving people in the besieged town of Daraya. Some have been forced to eat grass to survive. We also saw the first UN vehicles enter Daraya in over three years. Astonishingly this wasn’t to deliver aid, but just to have a look around and make an assessment. The UN would defend these empty cars by arguing that if they had taken any aid on that convoy, the regime of Bashar Al-Assad wouldn’t have let them in. Which is precisely…
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Who’s Killing Civilians In Syria?

Who’s Killing Civilians In Syria?

I joined the early days of the Syria uprising in February 2011. It was only a matter of weeks before the chants and dancing were met with bullets and arrests from the regime of Bashar Al-Assad. I saw my brother and sister get killed. Many Syrians suffered similar tragedies. I was fortunate that at least I knew what happened to them. People were disappearing or dying all around me and no-one was keeping records. In your country these deaths are likely registered by the government, in Syria it was the government killing the people. I set up the Syrian Network…
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