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Princes and bankers and aid! Oh my!

Princes and bankers and aid! Oh my!

carolyn.simon@hrc.org May 26, 2017 0

It’s 340 kilometres as the crow flies between the desert berm where 80,000 Syrians are trapped between Syria and Jordan, and the Jordanian Dead Sea resorts where last weekend the region’s elite mingled

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Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

Slave labour? Death rate doubles for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

carolyn.simon@hrc.org May 15, 2017 0

A woman with a pink cloth wrapped around her head climbs out of a window on the fourth floor of a residential building. She peers at the ground far below, clutching onto the

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Can a deal in Astana wind down the six-year Syrian war?

Can a deal in Astana wind down the six-year Syrian war?

May 5, 2017 0

On Thursday, the envoys of Russia, Turkey, and Iran sat down to sign an agreement about Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana. As the signing process commenced, they were suddenly interrupted by

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Turkey-Kurd feud distracts from Islamic State fight in Syria

Turkey-Kurd feud distracts from Islamic State fight in Syria

carolyn.simon@hrc.org May 2, 2017 0

A flare-up of Turkish-Kurdish violence in northern Syria threatens to undercut the US-backed campaign by Kurdish fighters against the so-called Islamic State in Raqqa, the extremist group’s main stronghold in the country.

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Syria: Return of the red line

Syria: Return of the red line

April 26, 2017 0

As Syria’s warring parties take stock of US President Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike and of his warnings against the use of chemical weapons, the dominant theme seems to be one of confusion.

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Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

April 25, 2017 0

Aid groups in Yemen are warning that an impending assault by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the rebel-held western port of Hodeida could tip the country into famine.   “It would be catastrophic,

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Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 25, 2017 0

On the main road into east Mosul, a rotting skeleton swings from a post outside a row of bullet-riddled shops. What was once a brain lolls horribly from an eye socket in front

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Decree 66: The blueprint for al-Assad’s reconstruction of Syria?

Decree 66: The blueprint for al-Assad’s reconstruction of Syria?

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 20, 2017 0

With violence in Syria ongoing and even hitting new lows , talk of rebuilding the devastated country might seem premature. But work is already under way, at least in one corner of southwestern

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Techno-utopian solutions to Syria’s refugee crisis fall short

Techno-utopian solutions to Syria’s refugee crisis fall short

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 11, 2017 0

In a dull, pre-fabricated caravan in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, a group of Syrian children marvel at brand-new laptops and tablets, tapping out words. In another corner, a clutch of youngsters, many in

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We are not the world: Inside the “perfect storm” of famine

We are not the world: Inside the “perfect storm” of famine

carolyn.simon@hrc.org March 29, 2017 0

Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today, the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late. There was conflict.

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