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Syrian refugees watch health workers visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon in October to help contain a cholera outbreak. More than half the country’s population is still displaced. Bilal Hussein/AP

Friday essay: how the West betrayed Syria

More than half a million people have died in Syria’s war with half the population displaced. The suffering will continue until there is a reckoning with Assad and his allies.
Dan Stoenescu, head of the EU delegation for Syria, during a visit to the territories controlled by the Damascus regime on 8 August 2022. Dan Stoenescu/Facebook

The European Union in Syria: too complacent?

In the name of contributing to the reconstruction of Syria, is the EU rehabilitating Bashar Al-Assad?
Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a Kyiv residential building destroyed by a drone that local authorities consider to be Iranian-made. Oleksii Chumachenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Iranian drones used by Russia in Ukraine show that there’s already one victor in that war: Iran

Iran has a growing role in the Ukraine war, helping Russia augment its dwindling weapons supplies. That may help Russia, but it also serves Iran’s national interests.
A Syrian refugee boy jumps from a swing as he plays under cloudy skies at the public beach of Ramlet al Bayda in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2015. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

How displaced Syrians effectively navigated ‘border frictions’ in Lebanon and Turkey

Many displaced Syrians responded to harsh border controls by passing through permeable borders, using alternative routes and relying upon the use of smugglers and social networks.
The protagonist at the centre of ‘Summer with the Enemy’ rides horses along the Euphrates and dreams of an equestrian future, but faces uncertainty in a society under seige. (Ahmed Matrix/Wikimedia)

‘Summer with the Enemy’ by Syrian novelist Shahla Ujayli is a searing summer read

Three generations in a Syrian town: The English-to-Arabic translator of the novel that was a finalist for the prestigious International Prize for Arab Fiction discusses the sweeping historical novel.
Mahdi Shaban, a Palestinian living in Gaza, paid for his master’s degree with earnings from digging graves. Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Young people in the Middle East struggle to see a promising future

Political and economic forces across the Middle East and North Africa combine to mean well-educated young people spend years looking for work, which delays their independence and adulthood.
Grain warehouse destroyed by Russian attacks in Kopyliv, Kyiv province, Ukraine, May 28, 2022. Dogukan Keskinkilic/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Starving civilians is an ancient military tactic, but today it’s a war crime in Ukraine, Yemen, Tigray and elsewhere

Countries have used starvation as a war strategy for centuries, historically without being prosecuted. Three experts on hunger and humanitarian relief call for holding perpetrators accountable.

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