Monthly Archives: July 2012

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July 31, 2012

Syria in Brief

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Fourth day of Aleppo Clashes (BBC)
The state sponsored Syria TV announced that the regime forces are inflicting “heavy losses” on the “terrorists groups” roaming Syria. Clashes continue resulting in the displacement of thousands of Aleppo citizens who fled and …

Posted in The Scoop

‘Divided’ Russia should unite in support of Pussy Riot

Three handcuffed members of the punk band Pussy Riot were escorted from a police van into the courthouse yesterday morning, where they were then held in a bulletproof glass cage. Outside, their supporters chanted ‘Girls, we’re with you!’ and ‘victory!’ However, …

Posted in Human Rights, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, The Scoop, The Square
July 30, 2012

Syria in Brief

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Syrian troops pound Aleppo and France promises to stop the massacre (BBC)
The battle in Aleppo intensifies as the Assad Syrian regime continues to shell the city with helicopters. Around 200,000 Syrians are reported to flee the city. Fabius, the …

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July 27, 2012

The Netherlands opens its doors for Coptic Immigrants

Recent reports indicate that the Netherlands have eased its immigration laws to make it easier for Christians in Egypt to emigrate or claim asylum in the Netherlands. Dutch officials have not denied these reports and Egyptian Copts have recently been seen forming an orderly …

Posted in Egypt, Opinion Editorial, The Scoop

Syria in Brief

Syria in Brief
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The US to help rebels (Reuters)
Washington crafted a covert activity called “a finding” enabling them to help rebel groups without arming them. The administration did not confirm whether the president signed the document, as the activity is …

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July 26, 2012

Syrian Kurds united against Assad – an interview with an insider

The assassination last week of four key members of Bashar al-Assad’s “crisis management cell” eclipsed what may have been a more important victory in the war against his regime: the “liberation” of the Kurdish al-Hasekah region of Syria. A new …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Syria, The Scoop

Iraqi Soldiers Die in al-Qaida Helicopter Attack as Wave of Bombings Claims 115 Lives

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Another former Guantanamo detainee triumphs in court

It emerged this week that the Australian government has dropped its attempts to stop former Guantanamo Bay detainee, David Hicks, from profiting from his autobiography ‘My Journey’. The government argued that he should not be allowed to profit from the book …

Posted in Australia, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop

Syria in Brief

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Aleppo pounded with regime bombs, rebels reinforce (BBC)
Large parts of Aleppo are reported to be under the control of Syrian rebel fighters. The captured parts of the city have been secured with checkpoints and sniper positions. However, rebel fighters …

Posted in Syria, The Scoop
July 25, 2012

Bear Trap: Russia’s self-defeating Middle East policy

Russia’s foreign policy in the MENA region has traditionally been explained in one of three ways: as a zero-sum game – i.e. whatever is good for the West is bad for Russia and vice versa; as a vehicle for promoting …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, Publication, RSC Report, Russia, Russia Studies Centre, Spotlight
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