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Is this game, set and match to Russia and Assad? Almost, but not quite – Telegraph Blogs

Is this game, set and match to Russia and Assad? Almost, but not quite – Telegraph Blogs | syria | Scoop.it

Later today, the Security Council will probably manage to pass a Resolution on Syria for the first time since the country’s civil war began over two years ago. The draft text, agreed by all five permanent members, requires Syria to surrender its arsenal of chemical weapons.

But it also amounts to a prize example of the notion that securing a Resolution is an end in itself. You can spot the huge compromises that America, Britain and France have had to make in order to reach agreement with Russia and China.

So, the Security Council will declare itself “deeply outraged” by the poison gas attacks of August 21, but not deeply outraged enough to actually say who was to blame. Remember how President Obama said on Tuesday that failing to pin responsibility on the Assad regime was an “insult to human reason”? Well, the Security Council will insult reason in just such a way – and it will do so with American approval.

And what happens if Assad breaks the deal and fails to disarm? The very last clause of the draft says the Security Council “decides, in the event of non-compliance with this resolution, including unauthorised transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic, to impose measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.”

To “impose measures”? What measures? The Security Council would presumably have to make a further decision on this, giving Russia and China the chance to veto any punishment at all. So from Assad’s point of view, this draft Resolution allows him to escape the censure of the UN for the poison gas attacks and, if he chooses not to disarm, the Security Council is threatening no more than to hold another meeting to decide how to respond.

Is this game, set and match to Russia and Assad? Not quite. At least the Resolution will give legal force to the agreement to disarm Syria of chemical weapons. And the Security Council has finally achieved unity on Syria for the first time since the crisis began. But this is lowest-common-denominator diplomacy of the most obvious kind.

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At a Syrian Soldier's Funeral, Few Doubts About a War's Rightness - New York Times

At a Syrian Soldier's Funeral, Few Doubts About a War's Rightness - New York Times | syria | Scoop.it
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DAQAQA, Syria — Under a silvery canopy of olive trees, men and women crowded around the grave of a 24-year-old lieutenant in the Syrian army.

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Saudi black op team behind Damascus chemical weapons attack - Intifada Palestine

Saudi black op team behind Damascus chemical weapons attack - Intifada Palestine | syria | Scoop.it
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The August chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital’s suburbs was done by a Saudi Arabian black operations team, Russian diplomatic sources have told a Russian news agency.

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BBC Caught Staging Syria Chemical Weapons Propaganda?

Paul Joseph Watson | Former Ambassador labels video "stunning fakery


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Syria chemical arms removal begins

Syria chemical arms removal begins | syria | Scoop.it
The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal is under way, monitors from the OPCW international watchdog say.

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Domesticity amid war: Children continue with chores as bullets fly overhead in Syrian ghost town

Domesticity amid war: Children continue with chores as bullets fly overhead in Syrian ghost town | syria | Scoop.it
APA girl reacts to the buzz of stray bullets overhead as she cleans the roof of her family house in Kfar Lata, a town that comes under heavy bombardment due to the fighting between opposition fighters and government forces in Syria's Idlib...

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Brian Byrd's curator insight, October 26, 2013 12:20 AM

This article is particularly troubling because it shows the real tragedies the war is dealing with.  A northern town in Syria, Kfar Lata, use to inhabit over 100,000 families, and is now a town of a handfull of families.  It's now just another ghost town and shows the true brutality of this war and what it's doing to it's people. Towns are being destoryed and it's just another example of how out of control Syria has become and another reason why we need better control of what's going on. 

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My Experience Photographing on the Front Lines of the Syrian Civil War

My Experience Photographing on the Front Lines of the Syrian Civil War | syria | Scoop.it
It’s cold. The air is stinging my ears and my hands are numb. I pull back on my gloves and resume huddling in the conner of the courtyard.

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Calais Ferry: Dozens Of Syrians In Stand-Off

Calais Ferry: Dozens Of Syrians In Stand-Off | syria | Scoop.it
More than 50 Syrians are demanding entry to the UK and two are threatening to jump off a ferry terminal building.

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Charity Commission distances itself from Telegraph warning on giving to Syria

Charity Commission distances itself from Telegraph warning on giving to Syria | syria | Scoop.it
Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, Mark Astarita, has accused William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission of “undermining giving to Syria”, after Saturday's Daily Telegraph quoted Shawcross saying some money donated to Syria...

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cash given to Syrian refugee charities 'being used to fund terrorism'

cash given to Syrian refugee charities 'being used to fund terrorism' | syria | Scoop.it
The Charity Commission said cash donated to help victims of the bloody civil war 'undoubtedly' ends up in the hands of extremist groups.

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Jerod Garland's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:20 PM

I think that it is so awful to take all that money from the people trying to rebuild their lives. Expecially for purposes for terrorism. Although it is horrible, I'm glad that it was brought to the light so people can put an end to this and actually give money to the people who need it and also cut down on the terrorist funds.

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'Progress' on Syria inspections

'Progress' on Syria inspections | syria | Scoop.it
Chemical weapons experts have made "encouraging initial progress" in Syria, but questions remain to be answered, the UN says.

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Australia and 16 other nations will take Syrian refugees, confirms UNHCR

Australia and 16 other nations will take Syrian refugees, confirms UNHCR | syria | Scoop.it
Seventeen countries including Australia, the US and France have agreed to receive refugees fleeing the bloody conflict in Syria, the UN refugee agency says.

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Obama’s Al-Qaeda Rebels To Christians: “Convert To Islam Or Be Beheaded” - Intifada Palestine

Obama’s Al-Qaeda Rebels To Christians: “Convert To Islam Or Be Beheaded” - Intifada Palestine | syria | Scoop.it
Syrian rebels have taken control of historic Christian villages near Damascus.

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Extremists Take Syrian Town Near Turkey Border - New York Times

Extremists Take Syrian Town Near Turkey Border - New York Times | syria | Scoop.it
New York Times Extremists Take Syrian Town Near Turkey Border New York Times BEIRUT, Lebanon — An extremist group linked to Al Qaeda routed Syrian rebel fighters and seized control of a gateway town near Syria's northern border with Turkey on...

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First of Syria's weapons destroyed

First of Syria's weapons destroyed | syria | Scoop.it

International inspectors have begun destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, the UN has said.

The official was unable to confirm what specifically was destroyed, but said that by the end of Sunday a combination of both weapons and some production equipment would be put out of order.

He spoke anonymously because of the matter's sensitivity.

Inspectors are tasked by the UN to dismantle and ultimately destroy Syria's chemical weapons programme by mid-2014.

The push to destroy Syria's chemical weapons programme came after an August attack near Damascus that killed hundreds of civilians.

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BBC Caught Staging Syria Chemical Weapons Propaganda?

Paul Joseph Watson | Former Ambassador labels video "stunning fakery


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UK's Home Secretary says British Muslims using Syria for jihad terror training ground, then returning home

UK's Home Secretary says British Muslims using Syria for jihad terror training ground, then returning home | syria | Scoop.it
Theresa May seems in her remarks to have blandly and complacently accepted that the Muslims who travel from Britain to Syria and train for jihad simply must be admitted back into Britain.

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Experts begin destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal

Experts begin destroying Syria's chemical weapons arsenal | syria | Scoop.it
A team of international experts began the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons on Sunday, a United Nations spokeswoman said. The group consists of international inspectors from the Netherlands-based watchdog Organization for the...

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Destruction Begins on Syria's Chemical Weapons Equipment

Destruction Begins on Syria's Chemical Weapons Equipment | syria | Scoop.it
How does one destroy a country's chemical weapons equipment? In Syria, currently an active war zone, a team of international inspectors are using anything on hand to get the job done.

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Syria al-Qaeda leader killed in Dara’a

Syria al-Qaeda leader killed in Dara’a | syria | Scoop.it
Syrian military forces have killed a terrorist leader affiliated to al-Qaeda network in southwest Syria.

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Seventeen countries, including US, France, agree to receive Syria refugees

Seventeen countries, including US, France, agree to receive Syria refugees | syria | Scoop.it
Seventeen countries including the United States, France and Australia have agreed to receive quotas of refugees fleeing the bloody conflict in Syria, the UN refugee agency said on Wednesday.
"So far,

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'Take us to the UK': Syrian refugees go on hunger strike in Calais demanding asylum

'Take us to the UK': Syrian refugees go on hunger strike in Calais demanding asylum | syria | Scoop.it

DOZENS of Syrian asylum seekers were today occupying a roof and footbridge in Calais and demanding: "Take us to the United Kingdom".

Riot police were trying to control the group, all of whom want to claim housing and benefits in Britain rather than France. 
Around 40 of them have gone on hunger strike and refuse to move from the bridge in the Calais ferry port. Some have also climbed on a roof and threatened to jump off unless their demand to be taken to England is met.
"We are treated like dogs in France and do not want to stay here," said one migrant, who said his name was Majid.
"Britain is a fair country, and that is why we want to go there - we will be treated will by the British government." 
Placards held up by the 60 plus refugees include slogans including "Take us to the UK" and "We want to talk to David Cameron".
Riot police tried to clear the refugees from the gangway, but they backed off when they saw the two men on the roof threatening to jump off. 
Britain dispatched extra border agents to northern France as tensions among the migrants grew.

 

Denis Robin, the prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region, said: "The Syrians are in a stalemate. What we can do is offer them asylum in France", adding that they all had a "95 per cent chance of success."

Mr Robin said: "We cannot take any decision on their access to Britain. I am not persuading them to settle in France but trying to legalise their status."

France has only registered 850 asylum claims from Syria this year, according to the UN.

A spokesman for Calais port said there was "no disruption to ferry services" so far caused by the protest.

Syria has close historical links with France, which has promised to speed up asylum claims from those who have escaped the civil war.

But the process is slow in France, with few benefits made available while migrants are waiting.

French President Francois Hollande had led the calls for military action against Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad's regime, but his government has been criticised for not doing enough to help Syrian refugees.

Those sleeping rough are quickly moved on by the police, leaving them to rely on homeless charities.

The Calais group includes women and children, all of whom say they come from towns which have been bombed continually.

One woman, who said she originally came from 'near Damascus', said: 'The procedures for us to claim asylum are far simpler and quicker in Britain.

"Once there we will be well treated, and can bring our families too. We can start new lives in Britain."

 

Calais is a notorious magnate for migrants from all over the world, many of whom try to get into Britain illegally, either in the back of lorries crossing the Channel by ferry, or by hiding in trains.

Increased security at the port has made illegal passages far more difficult however, with the French working to control the flow with their British counterparts.

Seventeen countries including France are liaising with the United Nations receive quotas of refugees fleeing war in Syria, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives since it started in early 2011.

Some two million refugees have been created by the conflict, many of whom are in Syria's neighbours including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

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Some 1597 Palestinian Refugees Killed in Syria Since revolution - Division of Refugee Affairs

Some 1597 Palestinian Refugees Killed in Syria Since revolution - Division of Refugee Affairs | syria | Scoop.it
Gaza,(DRAH.ps)—Action groups for  Palestinian Refugees &nbs

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Syrian asylum seekers occupy a roof and footbridge in Calais

Syrian asylum seekers occupy a roof and footbridge in Calais | syria | Scoop.it
Riot police were trying to control the 40-strong group, who have gone on hunger strike and are refusing to move from the key bridge in the Calais ferry port.

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