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Supporting Syria – an address by Father Dave

An address given at the Imam Husain Islamic Centre on July 25th, 2014 It is hard to know how to talk about Syria as there are really two entirely different and competing narratives about Syria, and how you understand the … Continue reading

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Is the violence in Syria and Iraq really sectarian?

We’ve been sold this line for a long time – that the violence raging across the Levant, most obviously in Syria and Iraq, is of a sectarian nature. It is Sunni against Shia, Muslims against fellow Muslims and non-Muslim minority … Continue reading

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Understanding the war in Syria – a sketch video

This is an engaging attempt to explain the violence in Syria, if a little simplistic. I would question it at two points. Firstly, I’m not convinced that the Syrian war ever did start as a purely democratic uprising. I suspect … Continue reading

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Mairead Maguire reports on the 2014 Peace Pilgrimage to Syria

I’ve had the privilege of joining Mairead and her team on both of her recent visits to Syria. She is an inspiring leader whose wisdom is only overshadowed by her humility. What follows is her personal report of our April 2014 mission. … Continue reading

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What if Syria happened in London?

I have cried every time I’ve watched this video. I don’t know what that says about me. Perhaps, having three lovely daughters myself, these scenes of a young girl growing up touch something deep in me. Even so, this is … Continue reading

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Community leaders take the initiative in bringing peace to Syria!

This is what we saw happening in Damascus when we were there in April 2013 – local community groups organising ceasefires between government and rebel troops. Despite the fact that the politicians and power-players haven’t agreed upon any ceasefire as … Continue reading

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Syrian Christian leaders create a stir in Washington!

It’s not often that Christian bishops have US politicians walking out on them and shouting! According to the Judicial Watch blog though this is exactly the treatment visiting Syrian church leaders received from one US Senator in a recent briefing held … Continue reading

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Syrian Christian leaders plead with the USA to stop arming the rebels!

The US policy in Syria is in tatters. Apparently John Kerry admitted as much in a recent closed-door meeting with Senators and said he would prefer giving direct military aid to the so-called ‘moderate rebels’. Meanwhile a team of Syrian … Continue reading

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Mairead Maguire pleads for Syria

The following remarks were made by Nobel peace laureate, Mairead Maguire, at the “Women Lead to Peace summit for Syria” in Montreux, Switzerland, which was held between January 20th and 22nd, 2014.  Dear friends, The people of Syria are crying out for peace … Continue reading

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Geneva II – the U.S. agenda is laid bare!

At last Geneva II is underway – not in ideal circumstances and not with everybody in attendance, but underway nonetheless. Most reports on the conference thus far have been stressing the anger and acrimony being displayed by speakers. This is … Continue reading

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