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Background

* Born and raised in Milwaukie, Oregon, USA
* Health: Excellent
* Home Address: 221 8th Street, NE, Washington DC, 20002

* Languages: English, French, Russian, some Chinese

Education

* Fellow, Department of East Asian Legal Studies,

Harvard Law School USA

Post Doctoral Program in International Law,

Cambridge University, UK

The Hague Academy of International Law,

The Hague, Holland
1976

1974

Summers 1970-73

* Ph.D. (International Law and Economics)

The London School of Economics

PhD Thesis: "Pollution As A Problem In International Law"
1973

* M. Phil. (International Law and Economics),

University of London, London School of Economics 1972

* LLM (International Law)

University of London, London School of Economics 1969

* JD (Juris Doctor) LLB
* Boston University Law School

1968

* MA Literature,

Harvard University

* BA in History and Government,

Boston University

* Milwaukie Union High School
* Milwaukie Grammar School





Employment

* Founder and Acting Director, Sabra Shatila Memorial Scholarship Program and Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon

2007-8

* Founder and Director, Welcome Orchards,

La Plata, Maryland, USA 2000-2005

* Director, Lamont Properties

Real Estate Development Firm, Washington DC 1982-2004

* Co-Founder and Chair, Americans Concerned for Middle East Peace

1982-2008

* Assistant Council, United States Congress,

House Judiciary Committee, Washington DC 1980-88

* Associate Professor of International Law,

Northwestern College of Law, Portland, Oregon 1975-76

* Staff Attorney, Pozzi, Wilson and Atchison Law Office,

Portland, Oregon 1975-76

* Lecturer in International Law and Relations,

University of London 1973-74

* Overseas Director, American Heritage Association

(An association of 11 American universities operating Study Abroad Programs in England, France, Spain, Germany and Italy),

London, England
1970-74

* Teacher, Boston Public Schools During Law School



* Legislative Assistant, United States Senate,

Summer Employment during Undergraduate and Law School


Publications

* Over seventy op-ed pieces in various newspapers and journals; frequent contributor to Middle East International and Counterpunch



* Hezbollah: A Brief Guide For Beginners (in preparation)

2008

* Louisa's Story: Christmas in Bethlehem (in preparation)

2008

* The Price We Pay: A Quarter Century of Israel's Use of America's Weapons in Lebanon (Lamont Press)

2007

* Israel's War In Lebanon: Eyewitness Chronicles of the Invasion and Occupation, South End Press, First Printing

1984

* International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, Imp. TIPE: 42, Rue Lebour 93100 Montreuil, Paris, France

1983

* Pollution As A Problem In International Law,

PhD Thesis, London School of Economics,

Published by the University of London

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Friday, April 10, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Following the Da'ish (IS) takeover of Yarmouk--is Lebanon's Ein el Helweh next? To paraphrase the title of the late Edward Said's 0/8/1997 article in the Nation, there cannot be peace and security in Lebanon until the universally recognized civil right to work includes Palestinians refugees.

Friday, April 3, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A path toward Hamas-Fatah reconciliation: Grant Palestinian refugees the right to work in Lebanon It is submitted that if Hamas and Fatah were to put aside their political differences, even just long enough to help their fellow refugees in Lebanon achieve dignity and elementary civil rights this mutual reconciliation effort would likely soon lead to wider Hamas-Fatah unity and intensify solidarity among the Palestinian refugee community and accelerate return to their homeland, Palestine.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Should Syria's smuggled antiquities be repatriated before the conflict ends? This observer has to date detected no widespread support for this argument in Syria which if adopted could seriously delay repatriation of Syria's antiquities. Syrian officials and scholars interviewed overwhelming reject this point of view as does the Syrian public. Some have noted that using the destructive frenzy by Islamic State extremists to lobby against repatriation seeks to justify discredited colonialist practices

Monday, March 23, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
US-Syria cultural heritage cooperation? Laws targeting history-theft are being strengthened but more cooperation is "If the US can work with the Iranians over the nuclear file, surely we can work with Syria to preserve the cultural heritage that belongs to all people regardless of politics. Our mutual heritage is bigger than today's political differences and we must work together. And I think the White House is ready and this may happen soon."

Saturday, March 14, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What we can do now to help stop Iconoclasm by Da'ish (IS) Visitors sometimes hear this point of view and they are reminded, as this observer was recently, surprisingly by a Syrian university professor in Aleppo, "Sir, what matters most now is the condition of people not old stuff!"

Friday, March 6, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's time to sanction OFAC--not the civilian populations of Syria and Iran As Congress pursues more civilian life disrupting sanctions for Syria, Iran and Russia, one of the main weapons will continue to be the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. This oft-described pro-Zionist highly politicized agency will continue to act as judge, jury and hangman as more US led-sanctions target the Syrian and Iranian civilian populations.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the Phoenix Rising From the Ashes in Syria? What local communities are doing today in Syria to protect and preserve our shared cultural heritage is not going to solve their and our archeological crisis. But rarely, one imagines in the midst of war have citizens undertaken such Phoenix like preservation and restoration work for the benefit of mankind.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We Can Help Stop the Destruction Nowhere else has the world witnessed this complex and unique meeting of states, empires and faiths as Syria. Who can imagine that the great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus was originally a temple to Jupiter? Later converted to a Christian basilica to John the Baptist, and in turn became what some consider the fourth-holiest place in Islam.

Sunday, January 18, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The American people need to help preserve our shared cultural heritage in Syria These days, when many Americans are questioning the evident defects in our democracy, an excellent way to improve it for us and our children would be for us to insist on our government following our wishes and taking a lead in preserving and protecting our cultural heritage in Syria.

Monday, January 12, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
In fewer than 48 hours Syria can achieve relief for her endangered citizens seeking lifesaving refuge in Lebanon The case for Syria applying the essential legal principle and pillar of bi-lateral international relations, Reciprocity, in order to encourage Lebanese officials to meet their international legal obligations and thereby spare the lives of countless Syrian and Palestinian refugees being denied life-saving refuge at Syria-Lebanon borders is a strong one.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Their unpardonable crime is that they are Syrian Syrian refugees have been denied the right to seek asylum and some have been forcibly returned to Syria by the Lebanese authorities and without even a grace period. The new unannounced changes led to families being separated. Again in violation of international refugee law.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
As Aleppo goes so goes Syria? One can only wish Envoy De Mistura and like-minded proponents of the immediate establishment of a "freeze zone" in Aleppo, to be replicated across Syria as strongly favored by army commanders with whom this observer recently discussed the subject, the very best of luck in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Looting has become the greatest threat to our cultural heritage in Syria Can the worst patrimonial disaster since World War II be stopped? During the 45 months of the Syrian crisis, war damage inflicted from all sides has created massive damage to our shared global cultural heritage that has been in the custody of the Syrian people for more than ten millennia.

Thursday, December 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Claims that Aleppo's Synagogues have been destroyed are false In February of 2011, coincidentally the month before of the beginning of the current Syrian crisis, President Assad signed an executive order to repair the Al-Raqi Synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus by the end of the month as the renovation of 10 other synagogues in Syria's major cities continued.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Germans rebuilt Dresden and the Syrians will rebuild Aleppo! All people of good will who accept their personal duty to join the people of Syria in preserving, protecting and restoring our shared global heritage can take solace from what this observer witnessed an exhilarating demonstration of the sublime capacities of our shared human spirit as we help to salvage our cultural heritage.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mossad Targets Nuclear Engineers in Damascus Consequently the sanctions will remain and be intensified according to the House Committee on Financial Services. Meanwhile the Mossad is watching closely Iran's activities in Iraq, Syria and now Lebanon and has once more telegraphed its intentions to continue its serial violations of those countries sovereignty while implementing other projects in order to eliminate what it sees as Iran's threat to its existence.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
OFAC Jeopardizes Air Traffic Safety While Congress Prepares Sanctions Coup de Grace on Iran International air travelers in flights over Asia could well be in danger from a recent policy change enacted by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), this as the latter puts Israel's "death to Iran" policy seemingly ahead of even airline passenger safety.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sunni-Shia Bellum Sacrum Fault Lines Deepen Gloves Come Off in Lebanon Where this all ends is anyone's guess, but a ceasefire in the Syrian conflict, even one limited to certain areas as Washington, Tehran and Moscow are discussing, would perhaps help. Yet as various analysts and scholars postulate, the latest Sunni-Shia manifestation of Bellum Sacrum may well take a long time to heal--tens of years, or even centuries.

Friday, October 31, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Seif al Islam lead the expulsion of the ISIS affiliate, Al Fajr Libya? According to Seif, and former regime officials, several NATO countries have sent messages claiming they did not intend for his father to be killed but were searching during the summer of 2011 for a refuge for his father in Africa. Seif does not believe them.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Avoidable Humanitarian Crisis at Lebanon Border Crossing Sparks Anger in Syria Among the many reasons Lebanon should immediately desist in the targeting of Syrian and Palestinian refugees is that they are pushing many toward supporting those that the Lebanese government claims to be opposing.

Saturday, October 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Not Too Late to Save Syria's Cultural Heritage In Syria today, within government controlled areas scores of community groups are working to preserve our global heritage. One example is a citizen's national campaign to inform the general public about the value of protecting archeological sites by placing large posters showing endangered treasures.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Twice Betrayed Christians of Ma' loula One comment, signed by a lady from Boise, Idaho and still legible, reads: "This is a very beautiful place to visit and also very inspirational to know that Christians have existed in this area continuously for so many years. May the work here in God's name continue and help to bring peace and understanding to all people in the Middle East and the world, regardless of who or by what means...

Sunday, October 5, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria: Engaging the Opposition with More than Weapons There is growing evidence here that the government and the rebels are trying to collaborate in various ways in order to save an entire generation of their children from being denied education due to the ravages of ongoing civil war. This massive catastrophe for Syria and the region can be ended if the above noted trend continues.

Friday, October 3, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Shell-Shocked Syrian Town Freed After Savage Massacre She added: "We woke up at dawn with the sound of bullets" we saw men carrying black flags of Jaish al-Islam and Jabhat al-Nusra. Some of them were singing 'Alawites we have come to cut off your heads' song, and this was the song they first sang at the start of the war in Idlib."

Friday, September 5, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
UPDATE: Did Israel Offer ISIS $10 Million to Free Steven Sotloff? Over the last 48 hours Mr. Sotloff's 'fixer' has reportedly disappeared from public view, and is no doubt himself being hunted and marked for death as Israeli and perhaps American agents track him.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
No American Arms for Lebanon To Fight ISIS until Civil Rights for Palestinians For Palestinians, a microcosm can be said to be that Lebanon's sects continue to deprive them of the basic civil right even to work and pressure are building not just for an intifada but for a jihadist revolt across Lebanon.

Saturday, August 16, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
SOS! Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza's Children Five Hospital ships are urgently needed along Gaza's shoreline at the following locations: opposite Jabaliya and North Gaza, Gaza City, Deir al-Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Continuing slaughter of Palestinians another nail in Zionism's coffin? In aggregate, Americans still see Israel favorably but in smaller numbers while more are viewing Israel as illegitimate. "Delegitimisation", says Einat Wilf, a former Israeli parliamentarian and one of the authors of a three-year, as-yet-unpublished study of the topic at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusale

Monday, July 28, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza begins in Lebanon's Camps Gaza isn't the only open-air prison; Lebanon has 12 of its own. And the people there are denied the most elementary right to apply for a job in more than 50 professions.

Friday, July 25, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The face of demented Zionism yet again revealed: Will the American people continue funding it? The same kind of Resolution that AIPAC sends more than 80 to Congress each year to make sure Congress does the right thing by the Zionist regime still occupying Palestine.

Saturday, July 12, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Can Hezbollah Prevent DAASH (IS) From Pulling Lebanon into its Caliphate? Our war will no longer be confined to Syria. Soon, Lebanon will ignite. Iran's party [i.e. Hezbollah] and all its bases and strongholds are a legitimate target for us wherever they may be found.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
EU Sanctions Target Humanitarian Aid and Hinder Restoration of Global Heritage in Syria Today, a civilization that used to lead the world and for centuries was the beacon of learning, tolerance and trade, and that still protects our global cultural heritage is damaged--and only the Syrian people can rebuild it for all of us. We need to help them.

Friday, June 27, 2014 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ISIS (DAASH) Now Recruiting in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon--Which Are Ready to Explode Increased Resistance is seen as having a positive impact by most respondents in both territories: 62% in the West Bank, 73% in Gaza and close to 90% in Ein el Helwe.

Monday, June 23, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will ISIS Create al-Sham Caliphate & Liberate Palestine? Time will reveal if DAASH achieves one or both of its objectives. Many believe if they eject the Zionist regime from Palestine, the expanding Islamist group will set in motion historic currents that in all likelihood will be rather different from the Ehud Omert-Condeleeza Rice fantasy of "a New Middle East."

Saturday, June 14, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syrian Students Restore Our Global Cultural Heritage Will Syria become like Iraq or Somalia ? Or worse ? This is what me and all my friends worry about and we feel powerless to stop or even influence what is happening out there. Like all Syrians we are exhausted from these years of war. We are so tired and just want it all to end. Are we mistaken ? What do you think ?

Saturday, June 7, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Hard Won Victory The Story of 68 Palestinian Families in Lebanon GS relented and agreed to allow Palestinian students in Lebanon a one-time 19-day visa to take their BACC exams and return to Lebanon. The handcuffs came off. Apologies. Handshakes. Smiles all around and a few kisses on foreheads by the grateful American.

Monday, June 2, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syrians Working to Preserve Jewish Cultural Heritage The view expressed by my hosts that day--and I believe them--is that Jewish cultural heritage in Syria is being respected, protected and preserved with the same care as Muslim, Christian, and pagan antiquities.

Monday, May 26, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria's Palestinian Refugees to Lebanon But time is short and refugees have few friends in Lebanon these days. A five minute phone call from the White House or Tehran to their respective surrogates could fix the problem for these students for whom the opportunity to educate themselves is a birthright.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" All shop owners in Raqqa must close their stores immediately upon the announcement of prayer and go to the mosque, a decree posted by ISIL on 4/27/14 read, "Any violators after the issuance of this announcement will face consequences."

Saturday, April 12, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Death of Yarmouk Palestinian Camp However, after months of studying the political, social, military, and economic situation in Yarmouk camp, and based on insightful meetings with former camp residents and PLO stalwarts who have been active in the Palestinian cause going back to the 1980's, or earlier, Yarmouk's survival prospects appear fatally bleak.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will a Syrian victory at a posh London auction house accelerate Global Cultural Protections? This observer submits that there is adequate Syrian law and international law and British law on the books, if applied, to makes things a bit tough legally for the auction houses of Bonham and Christie and many others. Their lawyers apparently agree. It's as though the Assyrian King might yet exact some sort of revenge on them from his grave.

Monday, March 31, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Palmyrenes: Risking their lives to preserve our Global Cultural Heritage Syria's Cultural Heritage, the cultural heritage of every one of us is also protected by a legal penumbra that emanates from and extends the 1949 Geneva Convention (IV) on the Protection of Civilians. Attacks on cultural heritage are also outlawed by post WW II bilateral and multilateral international treaties as well as international customary law.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
President Assad and Ayatollah Khomeini are keeping their word. Will President Obama keep his? If the White House truly wants to normalize relations with Iran and with Syria as it claims, it needs to do a lot better. A good start would be by calling off OFACs attack dogs who service other than the American people. Also it should honor its oft touted "Humanitarian sanctions against Iran and Syria that exempts medicines and medical equipment".

Saturday, March 8, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Resisters of Sykes-Picot Land Grab Perform Key Fighting Roles in Syria "Many of the "Gulfies' are in fact heavily addicted to strong heroin-like drugs. They crave them, and sometimes they even fight with their fellow militiamen to get their "fixes.' We are told by some we capture that sometimes, when one of their comrades is killed, the fallen fighter's "friends' will descend on his body, not particularly to pray over it, but to rummage his pockets for his drugs."

Saturday, March 1, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Return to Seyeda (lady) Zeinab—now secured and in protective hands Such incidents make plain that Seyeda Zeinab is still of target of some jihadist types given its great importance to Syria and the region and among Muslims globally. But across sectarian divides here, where there are growing signs of the great majority of the exhausted populations being ready to a degree, to forgive and forget at least some of the events of the past nearly 36 months.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Coalition of the Willing" Promotes No Fly Zone Among those currently petitioning the Obama Administration for a NFZ, which would quickly devolve into thousands of bomb runs across Syria that would likely decimate its air force and tank corps are the so-called "rebels.' They tend to agree with France that problems lay ahead for them given April's fast approaching Presidential election.

Saturday, February 15, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Politicization of Humanitarian Relief How Not to Get Aid into Homs Suspicions are being raised in Geneva, Syria and among certain UN aid agencies in Homs and elsewhere that those they are trying to save from starvation, were "set-up' to fail as a result of power politics and influences emanating from Washington and Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Faux “Humanitarian Pause” in Homs? It appears certain that in the coming few days the intentions of both sides will become clearer with respect to the Geneva process and their willingness to allow full humanitarian aid into Homs and the evacuation of those who want to exit the Old City.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lifting the siege of Yarmouk one food parcel & one polio vaccination at a time Given the 18,000 in need of urgent aid this cold winter morning inside Yarmouk camp, what has been allowed in so far has been a mere trickle, rather minor in a sense. But major for those getting the live saving food parcels and urgently required medical treatment.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria Sends a Strong Team to Geneva We will likely learn soon whether Syria's negotiating team in Geneva can work through a myriad of opposing and deeply antagonistic adversaries to achieve a sustainable cease-fire, reconciliation, and reconstruction. Syria's long-suffering people demand and deserve no less.

Saturday, January 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Siege of Yarmouk But there is hope that relief may come. Against the backdrop of accusations and condemnations being circulated, many are looking to Russia to step in and, much as it did when it induced the Assad government to get rid of its chemical weapons, pressure the government to at least lift its own part of the siege.

Saturday, January 11, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pressures Mount for a Palestinian-Hezbollah War in Lebanon The Sunni and the Shia, just as with the Palestinians and Hezbollah, need each other for many reasons, including confronting growing Islamophobia, anti-Arab hate propaganda, and the deepening and broadening apartheid occupation of Palestine.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Lebanon Survive in 2014? One angel intervened and said, "Lord, isn't that unfair to the rest of the world?" "Actually no" God replied, "Just wait and see the neighbors I shall give them." Hopefully God will review and amend his work so Lebanon survives 2014. It is not apparent that the Lebanese are capable of doing so.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Anything Left? Privacy Rights With words likely to become part of Law School curriculum, Mr. Snowden said that "this disappearance of privacy is important because privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."

Sunday, December 22, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Winter Solstice in the Levant: Displacement, Death and Dershowitz To one public international law class Professor Dershowitz is reported to have sneered, "And you can forget about claims of human rights based on international law and universal standards of morality. You'll never win s--- with that malarkey."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama: Better Six Billion than Six Trillion! According to sources on the US Foreign Relations Committee, the White House is being heavily pressured by the US Zionist lobby and the Netanyahu government to take "remedial measures" for the "catastrophic historic mistake" it made in defusing the Iranian nuclear issue and refusing to bomb Damascus.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will Les Clinton Scuttle US/Iran Rapprochement? Though the Clinton estate has rapidly expanded since the White House days and is now valued at tens of millions of dollars, the former president is reportedly often short-tempered and grouchy these days.

Monday, November 25, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Palestinian Sisters as Keepers of Their Brothers Inside Emergency Damascene Shelters Rather, it seeks to highlight the spirit of solidarity, resistance, and good will among Palestinians, forced from Yarmouk and other Syrian refugee camps, and of how they huddle together preparing for a harsh winter, a winter which one senses is not far off.

Monday, November 18, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Because it Exists Why Ain al Hilweh? According to recent UNRWA-funded study and various recent estimates, school-dropout rates across Lebanon for Palestinian refugee children ten years and older average more than 40%, or ten times that of Lebanese children (CSUCS, 2007).

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Vowing to Aid Their Countrymen Fleeing Syria Palestinian College Students in Lebanon Through no fault of its own, UNWRA's delivery of education to the overwhelming majority of Palestinian refugee children in Syria has been severely impaired while Lebanon has additional problems.

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