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Syria’s peace deals, made under threat of starvation, coming undone

Syria’s government has negotiated numerous ceasefires with rebel groups, but they seem to be short-lived. Freelance journalist Lauren Williams reports from Beirut.

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Syria’s rich history and antiquities the latest casualty of war

Many of Syria’s important archaeological sites have fallen into the hands of rebel fighters, says freelance correspondent Chris Ray. Is there any hope to save a millennia-old culture?

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Blood brothers: the Sydney jihadists who took on Assad

A number of Australian Muslims have gone to Syria to fight against the Assad regime. Freelance Chris Ray, who recently returned from Syria, looks at the tale of two Sydney brothers.

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Inside the WikiLeaks meeting with Assad: Syrian morale rising, he insists

A delegation including Australians from the WikiLeaks Party met with the Syrian President last week. Journalist Chris Ray was in the room and reports what Bashar al-Assad thinks about his country’s future.

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The besieged leader a long way from falling: Assad’s Syrian stand

Syria’s use of sarin gas last month was not a diplomatic mistake — it the culmination of six months of very clever strategising, writes Dara Conduit, a PhD student on Syria.

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The ‘free women of Syria’ camp in Jordan with stories of horror

Just across the Syrian border in Jordan, the world’s second-largest refugee camp houses the displaced, scarred by the memories of a bloody civil war. Kim Wilkinson talks to families who fled for Crikey.

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Russia the real winner of Syrian negotiations

Russia has returned from being a struggling second-rate international power to again strutting the international stage as, more or less, the equal of the United States.

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The people have spoken: axe the tax

Crikey readers have their say on the carbon tax, mandates, Syria and paid lobbyists.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Bill Shorten getting the backing of Labor Right faction demonstrates exactly what is wrong with the Labor Party. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Russia may yet offer US a Syrian lifeline

The United States may have been given an opportunity to avoid military intervention in Syria while saving face. But will Bashar Al-Assad really play ball?

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History will be on Gillard’s side

Crikey readers have their say on Kevin Rudd, Syria and the Netherlands.

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How Australia should use the UN to lead on Syria

With the US poised to launch military action against Syria, can Australia’s UN Security Council presidency make a difference? Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh assesses the options.

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Support for Syrian missile strike could test Labor unity

The Labor Party takes a far more nuanced view of Syria than recent bellicose statements from the Foreign Minister would suggest.

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Compare and contrast — Syria vs Iraq

It’s over-simplistic to compare the situation in Syria with early 2000s Iraq — for starters, there is already conflict in Syria, writes Charles Richardson.

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Media briefs: pollies on Rage … cats v dogs … exclusive watch …

The Age has asked its readers whether a military intervention in Syria is justified, and now it is asking the real questions: are cats or dogs better?

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Pause for thought on Syrian chemical attacks — and reprisals

There’s still no clear evidence on which group was responsible for a chemical attack in Syria. This lack of information makes Western intervention risky, argues Crikey’s foreign affairs writer.

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US intervention in Syria could escalate a bloody war

If it is proved the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the United States will likely intervene in the civil war. But would that help save lives or just make things worse?

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Media briefs: Sorry-not-sorry … Fairfax maps out its business merger …

Journalists at The Age have issued an apology for accessing private data, but they say it was in the public interest.

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Media briefs: Oz Story complaint … Sunrise shift … pun-pollies …

The ABC found there was nothing in Mike Carlton’s complaint that Australian Story had recruited him into Ray Hadley’s fan club.

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Through porous borders, a new world order flows

Turkey, Greece, Syria, Brazil, Afghanistan, Obama, Cameron, Assange … something is shifting, as borders of even first-tier nations become porous and action once off the table now is very much on.

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Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?

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Hope for peace in Syria fades as Russia backs away

Fighting has escalated in Syria, and Russia has started to arm pro-Assad forces. A peaceful end to the civil war is looking less and less likely.

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Weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East: here we go again

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is alleged to have used chemical weapons. If this is true, writes Charles Richardson, what can the US and other countries actually do about it?

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Obama makes chemical case in Syria, but should we intervene?

With both sides of Syria’s civil war now claiming the other side is using chemical weapons, the US may be forced to intervene. But what form would an intervention take, and would American allies get involved?

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Chemical warfare could force US to intervene in Syria

The US has so far tried to stay out of the Syrian conflict. But with reports of the use of chemical weapons, it might have no choice but to intervene — and further destabilise the region.

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