March 5, 2014 § 1 Comment
A young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in the UK? This is what war does to children. Find out more at http://bit.ly/3yearson
February 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
Tonight I’ll be joining Stephen Walt on the wonderful Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon to debate the crisis in Syria. I rarely disagree with Steve on anything but on Syria our views diverge. Steve is a formidable interlocutor and Chris is a radio legend who knows how to cut to the heart of a subject. I am hoping that today’s debate leads to greater clarity. Here’s from Chris’s introduction:
The nightmare in Syria has slipped off the front page. Yet civilians are still dying by the hundreds every day. Thousands are dead and millions more displaced across Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq. Petroleum “barrel bombs” have replaced sarin gas and the specter of al-Qaeda seems to hover over it all.
We’ve been there before, debating how to respond to a humanitarian crisis halfway across the world. Vietnam in the ’70s, Beirut in the ’80s, Kuwait and Bosnia in the ’90s, and of course Iraq and Afghanistan. Four months ago, Syria looked like the next in that series, with destroyers sailing to the Gulf and Tomahawk missiles armed and ready to fire. Were we right to breathe a sigh of relief, or was non-intervention a worse course than risking another quagmire?
What should we have done, what can we still do, and is it too late to pass the test in Syria?
February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
My eloquent and courageous friend Dr. Rola Hallam on ways to end Assad’s war.
January 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
An excellent présentation by Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch (begins at the 5:45 mark):
January 9, 2014 § 2 Comments
Doctors, Faith, and Peace Leaders Gather at UN to Announce International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, Demand Lifting of Military “Starvation Siege”
On Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. a working group of leaders representing the Syrian American Medical Society, the Syrian Nonviolence Movement and the Minnesota-based Friends for a NonViolent World will hold a press conference in the United Nations Plaza to announce an International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, a major global campaign, and to demand the lifting of the starvation sieges of dozens of Syrian towns that are preventing hundreds of thousands of Syrians from eating or getting medical treatment.
To address the background of the siege, they will be joined by Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and Dr. Annie Sparrow, an expert in complex humanitarian emergencies at Mount Sinai Global Health Center. Leaders representing interfaith and peace organizations will express their support for the hunger strike.
- Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch
- Zaher Sahloul, President of the Syrian American Medical Society
- Mohja Kahf, Member of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement & Professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas
- Dr. Annie Sparrow, Pediatrician, Teacher in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Professor at Mount Sinai Global Health Center
- Haris Tarin, Director of the Washington, DC office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
- Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY)
- Leila Zand, Fellowship of Reconciliation
January 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Toni Morrison and Junot Díaz in conversation tonight at the New York Public Library,
January 4, 2014 § 1 Comment
This discussion took place last month at Columbia University. It was based partly on our friend Danny and Nader’s fine book The Syria Dilemma:
- Ken Roth — Executive Director of Human Rights Watch & a Contributor to The Syria Dilemma
- Nader Hashemi — Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver & Co-Editor of The Syria Dilemma
- Michael Walzer — Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton & author of Just and Unjust Wars
- Bassel Korkor — Adviser to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution & Opposition Forces
- Saskia Sassen – Professor of Sociology & Co-Chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought (moderator)
December 30, 2013 § 1 Comment
This made me cry.
She is one of the 1.5 million people besieged by Assad’s genocidal armies. (A Facebook friend identified this location as the Yarmouk camp, but I can’t confirm).
December 19, 2013 § 13 Comments
Call to Join the International Hunger Strike
Syrians are slowly dying of malnutrition – but not for lack of food. A military blockade surrounds dozens of Syrian towns. This starvation siege prevents 1.5 million Syrians from receiving food or medicine.
Qusai Zakarya is one of them. He is 28 years old. Qusai declared a hunger strike on November 26, to demand food and medicine be allowed to reach civilians across military lines in Syria. “We are all hungry here in my hometown anyway. Let me be hungry for a purpose,” Qusai says.
We are starting the first phase of a “rolling” solidarity hunger strike onFriday, December 20, where someone will do a hunger strike every day in support of the hunger strikers in Syria through the rest of December.
December 14, 2013 § Leave a comment
Text WARM to 70111 to donate £3 to UNICEF UK’s Syria Winter Appeal. Donate by credit card at http://www.unicef.org.uk/syria (including viewers from outside the UK).
In this short film Ewan McGregor, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Bunton, Rita Ora and Tinie Tempah join UNICEF UK in support of our Syria Winter Appeal for the children of Syria.
Thank you – your help really makes a difference to children’s lives in Syria.