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In the calculus of war, children’s lives not worth much

For children caught in conflict zones, death is but the most extreme consequence; other lifelong consequences are commonly absent from our awareness, writes UN adviser Robert Johnson.

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The difference between faith and politics

Crikey readers have their say on the World Cup and other issues of the day.

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What’s the difference between Syria and the Occupied Territories?

Crikey readers have their say on carbon credits, Syria and other issues of the day

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Follow Friday: @courtneyr and @pressfreedom, fighting for Greste and others

When it comes to press freedom, the Peter Greste case is only the tip of the iceberg, says Courtney Radsch from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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What’s really happening on national security laws

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation — and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

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Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

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Crikey Clarifier: what is ISIS (or ISIL) and what will it do to the Middle East?

The United States faces quite the dilemma in Iraq: either intervene and become embroiled in another Iraq war, or throw support behind Syria’s brutal regime.

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Follow Friday: @LaurenWillgo, an adventurer through Syria

Australian journalist Lauren Williams gave up the easy beat of Sydney for the Middle East, arriving just in time for the Arab Spring. She talks about her adventures and Twitter.

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Algeria, Egypt, Syria … the end of the Arab Spring?

Hope can only get you so far, as participants in the Arab Spring are beginning to realise.

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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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