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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Taking an unusual holiday in the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by Hari Kumar

    ... true. That's probably why the newly founded Islamic State, the caliphate declared in some parts of Iraq and Syria, is now into that business too. They are running twice-weekly tours from Raqa in Syria to Anbar in Iraq in sleek-looking minibuses that are adorned with the group's black flag. For entertainment they play jihadist songs. Don't brush this off as a dream ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    World must unite to save Iraq from imploding

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 03:13am by SCMP Editorial

    ... are eager for revenge, and a rebellion that could tear through the region threatens. ISIL's confidence comes from its gains in neighbouring civil-war-torn Syria, where it was backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. Maliki's misrule made breaching the Iraqi border from eastern Syria straightforward for the militants. Jordan and Lebanon, already affected by the Syrian conflict, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Nations must cooperate to stop spread of extremist violence

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A global task to stop extremists The Islamist uprisings in Iraq and Syria have the world's counterterrorist agencies worried. Thousands of disenchanted young Sunni ... experience, learned bomb-making skills and been exposed to extremist ideology. The push by al-Qaeda-inspired groups to topple the governments of Iraq and Syria are creating a worryingly similar ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The fading age of nation states

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 03:25am by Philip Bowring

    ... regions in Iraq and Syria were under the Ottomans, mostly Arabic-speaking but with a complex mix of major religions and minor sects. Yes, the people may have resented the Turkish yoke but having ... the post-1918 boundaries. But no one has yet proposed a better division- unless you either abolish Iraq altogether and divide it between Iran, Syria and a new Kurdish state, or find some very loose ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The club of insular leaders goes global

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 12:21pm by Kevin Rafferty

    ... unabated in Syria and Iraq; killings go on daily in Afghanistan and Pakistan; there are too many terrible tragedies in too many places in Africa, small wars and kidnappings, that hit the headlines ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    MH17 crash a wake-up call to stop the supply of weapons to insurgents

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 12:39pm by Hari Kumar

    ... al-Assad's government in Syria. The US has so far resisted. But its allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been pushing for this and have even reportedly supplied arms to some rebel groups. ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    MH17 tragedy proves need for a higher authority on flight safety

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by HUGH DUNLEAVY

    ... level of authority. Hundreds of flights a day continue to fly over what are generally considered to be unsafe parts of the world but which have the clearance of authorities. Iraq, Iran, Syria ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How they see it

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:00am by AGENCIES

    ... Syrian peace talks in Geneva How they see it 1. China Daily Of late, some hopeful signs of a resolution to the Syrian crisis have emerged … The ongoing process of destroying Syria ... the two sides need to meet halfway … But the road to brokering a ceasefire between the two sides remains bumpy … [Russia's] proposal … that Syria place its chemical weapons … under ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted May 15th 2014, 03:55am by STAFF

    ... That his efforts have not received effective support... is a failure of all of us U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon defends Syria peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, who is stepping down   He loves food, nature, paintings and fighter jets Kan Miyoshi, curator of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, on animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose work features in an exhibition in Hong Kong   I'm truly grateful ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Human misery, whether in Syria or North Korea, stains our conscience

    Posted Feb 21st 2014, 11:40am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Kevin Rafferty sees little hope of an end to civil war in one, and systematic oppression in the other Human misery, whether in Syria or N Korea, stains our collective conscience I am sorry. I apologise," he began. UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi failed to get the two sides in the conflict in Syria to come together. So the slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent ...




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