When the ‘Other’ Becomes ‘Brother’

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In June 1976, Syrian troops entered into Lebanon and kicked off 29 years of an oppressive occupation that ended in 2005. The pretext was a civil war that many believe the Syrian regime had fomented in order to take control of the country. Lebanon’s lush Beqaa Valley was the staging ground for the entry of Syrian troops that would lead to … Read More

Syrian Conflict 101

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Syrian Conflict

Since the start of the current Syrian conflict in 2011 there are a number of times when I have been asked to appear on Christian radio stations that I am connected to in order to provide a basic understanding of what is happening in Syria, along with some thoughts on why it might be happening. Through my work with Tearfund … Read More

Escalation In Syria Deepens the Humanitarian Crisis

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I heard someone say recently something along the lines of ‘if you think you know what’s going on in Syria, you don’t understand it.’ The whole thing is a mess and a report following a meeting of the ‘Friends of Syria’ (a group that doesn’t include the friends of the current Syrian government) demonstrates the mess clearly as do statements … Read More