21 May 2016

May 21, 2016

  

“For a moment, I felt like we were talking to a car technician—not a doctor. We are refugees, but we are still human.”

(Photo by Omar Imam, courtesy of East Wing gallery, Dubai)

 

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Syria Allows Students to Leave Rebel-Held Areas to Take Exams

by Janine di Giovanni via The New York Times

The Syrian government allowed hundreds of students to leave two besieged areas near Damascus to take their year-end exams over the weekend, even as other suburbs of the capital came under fierce attack.

 

 

Inside Syria

Syria moves to flexible exchange rate as pound hits new low

By Philip Issa via The Washington Post

Syria’s Central Bank ordered money changers to exchange currency at an unprecedented 620 Syrian pounds to the dollar and announced it would reevaluate the rate on a daily basis.

 

Syrian regime stops aid convoy entering besieged Damascus suburb, then bombs the area

 by Louisa Loveluck via The New York Times

The starving people of a Damascus suburb, enduring one of the longest sieges in Syria’s civil war, were prevented from receiving aid on Thursday when Bashar al-Assad’s forces turned back a desperately-needed convoy.

 

Refugees 

 

By Khalid Albaih "Khartoon" 

 

 

U.S. Has Taken In Less Than a Fifth of Pledged Syrian Refugees

By Somini Sengupta ˆvia The New York Times

 The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has repeatedly called on world leaders to accept refugees, but his pleas have been met with reluctance, while the U.S. has accepted less than 2,000 refugees this year.

 

Mayor admits helping Syrian refugees go into hiding

By Alex Barder via The Financial Times

A Dutch mayor has been accused of putting himself above the law for helping a family of Syrian refugees avoid deportation.

 

U.S. Has Taken In Less Than a Fifth of Pledged Syrian Refugees

By Somini Sengupta ˆvia The New York Times

 The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has repeatedly called on world leaders to accept refugees, but his pleas have been met with reluctance, while the U.S. has accepted less than 2,000 refugees this year.

 

 

Conflict Analysis

 

 

Hezbollah military leader killed in Syria

By Kim Hjelmgaard and Oren Dorell via USA TODAY

Mustafa Badreddine, a top military commander for Hezbollah, died in an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus, Lebanon's Iran-backed militant group said Friday.

 

Syria conflict: IS 'overruns hospital in Deir al-Zour'

via BBC News

Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have briefly overrun a hospital complex in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, reports say.

 

Military commander in Darayya: Assad used war to deprive city of aid

By Eric Cunningham via Mid-East Wire

"When the UN committee visited the city, it saw thousands of civilians besieged by Al-Assad and his regime, and suffering from an extremely difficult humanitarian situation."

 

 

 

Proxy Politics

 

Turkey Threatens Stronger Military Action in Syria

via The Wall Street Journal

President Erdogan hints at sending troops to end rocket attacks, confirms no U.S. backing for move. 

 

Lebanon rejects proposal to naturalise Syrian refugees

By Joseph A. Kechichian via Gulf News Lebanon

Foreign Minister Jibran Bassil fears that the overwhelming number of Sunnis among Syrian refugees will tip the confessional balance of power.

 

 By Ed Hall

 

US rejects Russia proposal for joint Syria air strikes

By Patrick Strickland & Ahmed El-Amraoui via Al Jazeera

The US and Russia have been carrying out separate bombing campaigns in Syria.

 

Iraq crisis: Green Zone protests end in violence

via BBC News

Calm has been restored in Baghdad, hours after security forces opened fire to stop protesters storming the Green Zone, reportedly injuring dozens.

 

 

 

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