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Uprising Fish Wrap

Uprising Fish Wrap

This humble blogger suggests everyone simmer down a bit. Yes, the violence used by the Syrian government against its own citizens is deplorable. That violence could, of course, get worse. But let us try to keep some perspective on this.

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Assad Protected by Cult of Incompetence

Assad Protected by Cult of Incompetence

The following piece was originally published in Washington Times on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
by Gary C. Gambill
Gary C. Gambill is the former editor of Middle East Intelligence Bulletin and Mideast Monitor.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising five weeks ago, President Obama has declined to call for Bashar …

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Sanctions; Good Idea?

As Syria continues to boil, with reports of increased violence in Latakia, and a continued heavy military presence in Dera’a, the international community is now debating its response.
The US has been the most outspoken regarding the need for action. The Obama administration is mulling a series of targeted …

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What Next?

At the beginning of the “Arab Spring” Syria was seen as the steady, stable Arab nation that was immune to the changes sweeping the region. 6 weeks ago, President Assad was still seen as a potential agent of reform. 6 weeks ago, everyone thought that the Syrian regime still had time. Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

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All About the Benjamins

Well, all seems to have returned to normal in Lebanon as the shebab have vacated the streets of Tripoli after setting a bunch of stuff on fire.
For post-mortems on the recent spat of violence check out these links–Qifa Nabki calls out both March 8th and March …

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Lebanese Incivilities: Violence Erupts

Lebanese Incivilities: Violence Erupts

A few links to share before lights out (it is currently 2:44 am Damascus time)

In a follow-up to my earlier post on Lebanon, Beirut saw demonstrations in support of Saad Hariri break out Monday evening and An-Nahar is reporting that the protests have spread across Lebanon. The An-Nahar story also …

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Lebanese Civilities and The Syrian Fallout

Lebanese Civilities and The Syrian Fallout

Could someone please tell me how THIS GUY has become the “decider” in Lebanese politics?
Anyway, as I’m sure you know Lebanon has been going through some issues lately. Obviously Syria is deeply involved so I will do my best to discuss the Syrian side of events while trying …

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A New Sheriff in Town

A New Sheriff in Town

With a new Ambassador in town I wanted to get some fresh ideas and opinions represented here on the FPA Syria blog. So I asked the two most interesting people I could think of to comment on the new Ambassador.  It has been a bit lonely writing solo these past …

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New Ford for 2011

Well just when you thought US-Syria relations where stuck in a rut we get a major curveball from Pres. Obama.
Robert Ford has been pushed through as US ambassador to Syria as part of a series of recess appointments by President Obama. While the manner of his appointment will limit the …

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Fish Wrap: X-Mas Edition

Fish Wrap: X-Mas Edition

First of all let me wish everyone out there in Blog Land a very Merry Christmas. Yours truly has finished all his shopping and wanted to leave a little stocking stuffer for his readers.
The big story of the day is another roll up of a mossad asset in the Levant. …

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Build Baby Build

Build Baby Build

Because I’m feeling quote happy these days I’ll bludgeon you over the head again with a relatable quip–
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
The movie buffs amongst you will recognize those as the words of  Andy Dufresne, the hopeful, wrongfully imprisoned banker in The Shawshank Redemption. It’s fair …

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Editorial: Words of Wisdom

Editorial: Words of Wisdom

In tandem with the last post assessing recent American relations with Syria from the US perspective, this post will evaluate the same relationship from the opposing viewpoint. Again, an important quote came to mind that, I feel, sheds light on the issue at hand. Recently, pop musician Ke$ha has enjoyed …

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Editorial: Parcells The Thinker

Editorial: Parcells The Thinker

Aside from his many accomplishments as a football coach, Bill Parcells is famous for using the phrase “You are who you are”. Five words that summed up a career’s worth of championship football wisdom that can be directly applied to everything from personal psychology, to team dynamics, to international relations. …

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Bloggers Beware!

Bloggers Beware!

What makes this case stand out is more about who Tal al-Mallohi is, what exactly has brought on these charges, and the manner in which the Syrian government has handled the case.

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Pool Side Follow Up

Pool Side Follow Up

After having posted on the Kefer Soussah square project the other day I felt like I should also pass on some pics I snapped from inside the Tishreen National Sports Complex taken the same evening. The complex has been under construction for at least the past year…trust me, I would …

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