Topic archives: Syria

Razer: how to tell the baddies from the goodies in this Syria nightmare

April 17, 2018 36

Who are the baddies? Who are the goodies? Are there any goodies at all in this horrifying locus in which even allies clash?

There’s fat chance the US, France and UK actually want Assad gone

April 17, 2018 9

Is there any likelihood that the Atlantic alliance really wants Assad removed? It seems unlikely, considering they wouldn't know how to replace him.

Did the missile attack on Syria really happen?

April 16, 2018 49

Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.

What’s stopping Trump from declaring war?

April 12, 2018 7

Overnight, the president tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for "nice new 'smart'" missiles. Just what stands between Trump and all out war?

Syria would test any president. It is far, far beyond the abilities of Trump.

April 12, 2018 28

As Trump contends with forever-mounting pressure at home, his already feeble hold on the Middle East continues to slacken.

On the paradox of American power, and Trump’s next move

April 10, 2018 24

Syria and the state of the US' economy represent two key challenges for Trump in the short term. If only the president had any power to address such things ...

Israel ushers in a dangerous new era with attacks on Iran

February 13, 2018 5

This is about much more than a downed jet.

Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria

January 18, 2018 6

The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Crikey Worm: Manus images released

November 10, 2017

Good morning, early birds. Islamic State loses its foothold in Syria, and Coalition conservatives hatch a plan to delay a marriage equality vote in parliament. Plus, activist group GetUp has released pictures and video from inside the Manus detention centre. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the heartbreaking crisis I saw at the Syrian border

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the heartbreaking crisis I saw at the Syrian border

July 31, 2017 10

The area Derryn Hinch was in is on the Australian government's official no-go list for tourists, but he was there as part of a parliamentary delegation with Save the Children.

The Middle East is a mess, but it’s not about to collapse into war

July 3, 2017 10

Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.

Should we trust Trump more than Putin on Syria’s chemical weapons?

April 18, 2017 6

Between Trump and Putin, only one is widely believed to be paranoid, volatile, shallow, and a morally compromised individual, writes ANU public policy professor Ramesh Thakur.

In asymmetrical diplomacy, Russia holds all the cards

April 12, 2017 12

Is there a way for Donald Trump to institute regime change in Syria while still saving face?

Bashar al-Assad’s next move

April 11, 2017 10

Bashar al-Assad has never shown that he cares how long the war lasts and how many more die in agonising circumstances, writes former Australian ambassador in Syria Ross Burns.

LEAKED: minutes from Russian cabinet meeting following Syrian airstrike

April 11, 2017 3

Want to know what (or rather, who) Russian President Vladimir Putin is truly scared of?

Rundle: Syrian airstrikes won’t lead to World War III

April 10, 2017 28

There is very little else Trump could have done, as far as domestic politics goes, other than hit back after a chemical attack.

Syria allows Trump the establishment love he craves

April 10, 2017 16

The one constant in Donald Trump's policy confusion is his craving for establishment love.

Rundle: Syria’s chemical weapons pose an impossible quandary for Trump

April 6, 2017 27

Donald Trump says Syria has crossed "many lines" with use of chemical weapons, but what will he actually do about it?

Rundle: liberal howls of outrage over Muslim ban play into Trump’s tiny hands

January 30, 2017 44

Protesting at the airport is not going to work, and it is not going to win you any hearts and minds.

Turkey, the sick man of Europe once more

January 23, 2017

First labelled the sick man of Europe in 1853, Turkey seems again headed for catastrophe, writes Melbourne-based writer Ender Baskan.