Syrien, Januar 2017 - GroÃe Teile von Homs sind komplett zerstört. Trotzdem kommen einige Bewohner zurück und versuchen ihre Häuser wieder aufzubauen. Dreiviertel von Homs besteht aus Ruinen. Taxi fährt durch Ruinen.

A Journey Through Assad’s Syria

On an icy January evening in eastern Aleppo, a grotesque scene of destruction, five men are standing around a fire in a battered oil drum in a butcher's shop. Their trousers are dirty and their faces are covered with soot. There has been no running water for a long time. Every evening, the men come … Continue reading A Journey Through Assad’s Syria

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Israeli security forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers following a demonstration demanding that Israeli authorities return the bodies of Palestinians killed during attacks on Israel, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Jan. 26, 2017

Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

President Trump wiped away 15 years of U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon, explaining his view that statehood for Palestinians is not necessary for peace. “So I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said as … Continue reading Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

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US Admits Using Toxic Depleted Uranium Against ISIS in Syria

More than 5,000 rounds of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition were used in two attacks on Islamic State oil tankers in eastern Syria, the US military has confirmed. The US-led coalition previously pledged it would not use the controversial ordnance. A spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM) told Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing DU rounds … Continue reading US Admits Using Toxic Depleted Uranium Against ISIS in Syria

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‘Growing Up with War’: Children of Syria Share Heartbreaking Stories of Death Fear Survival

Six years of war in Syria means many of the country's youngest citizens have never known a time of peace. RT visited the war-torn country to speak to children who are all too familiar with the death and violence that plagues Syria every day. It is estimated that more than 8 million children have been … Continue reading ‘Growing Up with War’: Children of Syria Share Heartbreaking Stories of Death Fear Survival

Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinians, as soldiers stand on the side, during an attack by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Asira al Qibliya, April 30, 2013. Settlers burned fields and threw stones at houses in the village after an Israeli settler was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)

‘The Settlers Love Us When We Shoot Arabs’

Elor Azaria’s trial exposed just how influential the actions and ideas of radical settlers are on the conduct of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Two years before Elor Azaria fired one bullet into the head of Abed al Fatah a-Sharif in Tel Rumeida, Hebron before shaking the hand of Israeli settler Baruch Marzel, I stood in an … Continue reading ‘The Settlers Love Us When We Shoot Arabs’

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US-Backed Advance on Raqqah. What is Going On?

The US-baсked Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly Kurdish YPG units, have been developing an advance in the eastern countryside of the ISIS self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqah. The decision to flank the ISIS stronghold from eastern direction followed a failed attempt of the US Special Forces and some SDF units to infiltrate the area of the … Continue reading US-Backed Advance on Raqqah. What is Going On?

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The Games Continue, Turkey Attacks Syrian Army, Protecting ISIS in Al Bab

In the northern Aleppo countryside, the towns of Tell Rifaat, Menagh, Mayer, Tell Jibbin, Ma’arasteh Khan and Hardatnin have joined a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government after talks with a Russian mediation. Tell Rifaat and Menagh had been controlled by the Kurdish YPG. On February 9, an escalation erupted between Syrian government and Turkish … Continue reading The Games Continue, Turkey Attacks Syrian Army, Protecting ISIS in Al Bab

Palestinians run as smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

Al Mezan Center for Human rights, Feb 7, reports on intensified Israeli attacks on Gaza and calls on the international community to stop a possible new invasion: “Acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.” Yesterday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes and … Continue reading Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

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Israeli MPs Vote to Legalize 4000 Settler Homes in West Bank Amid Annexation Outcry

The Israeli parliament has greenlighted the legalization of nearly 4,000 settler homes in Area C of the West Bank as it passed a controversial retroactive bill. Prior to its approval, the bill was likened to annexation and blasted by Israel’s attorney general. The highly controversial legislation, which challenges both international and Israeli law, was backed … Continue reading Israeli MPs Vote to Legalize 4000 Settler Homes in West Bank Amid Annexation Outcry