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An Australian in Syria – Luke Waters reports for SBS World News

I’m chuffed to see what my mate, Luke Waters, has produced here for SBS World News.  I was with Luke in Beirut back in April 2013. We were all prepared for the bus ride to Damascus when his employers pulled … Continue reading

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Syria has won the war! (almost)

Traditional wisdom tells us that we shouldn’t count our chickens before they hatch. Even so, it is hard to resist celebrating the most recent developments in the war on Syria. Thanks to a bit of help from mother Russia, it … Continue reading

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Archbishop calls on Sydney’s Anglicans to do whatever it takes to support Syrian refugees

It is encouraging indeed to see the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, put out a strong call to his flock to respond not only with prayers but with practical assistance and with hospitality to the anticipated influx of … Continue reading

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Mairead Maguire appeals to UK government to talk to Syrian Government

Another prophetic all from dear Mairead: MAIREAD MAGUIRE  APPEALS TO UK GOVERNMENT TO TALK TO SYRIAN GOVERNMENT AND ISLAMIC MILITANTS IN ORDER TO HELP SOLVE MIDDLE EAST CRISIS Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, today called upon the UK Government to … Continue reading

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Syrian crisis requires friendship, not aggression

The following article was officially co-authored by Professor Tim Anderson and myself (though it was largely Tim’s work with some tweaking from me). Tim and I were together in Syria for the latter part of July though we had come with slightly … Continue reading

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Declassified documents expose US support for ISIS and nobody cares!

The Western narrative used to justify the destruction of Syria looks increasingly brittle and self-contradictory as it evolves with time. This latest batch of declassified documents expose US hypocrisy on two important issues: Firstly, contrary to all official US pronouncements, it … Continue reading

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Those who kill in the name of God do not know God

Traditional wisdom says that a fish rots from the head down. In other words, when a government or other organisation is dysfunctional the problem can generally be traced back to those at the top. The opposite must also be true … Continue reading

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Maaloula and Saydnaya – flowers of Syrian youth and beauty

We visited Maaloula and Saydnaya on the same day – two Christian villages only a short drive north of Damascus Maaloula is one of the few places on earth where Aramaic is still spoken – the language that Jesus spoke … Continue reading

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What’s really going on in Yarmouk?

I thought it might prove difficult to get to Yarmouk. My God, it’s hard enough to get into Syria at the moment! At first I thought we weren’t even going to make it out of Sydney! As soon as the … Continue reading

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ISIS shows its true colours in Yarmouk! They are the enemy of the Palestinian people.

ISIS has shown its true colours! They are the enemies of the Palestinian people! Commentators around the world are appalled at the ISIS take-over of Yarmouk refugee camp, still home to around 18,000 Palestinians, and supposedly only a ’10-minute bus … Continue reading

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