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  • By: Brian Whitaker
    It is now abundantly clear that the Syrian regime was responsible for the Sarin attack that killed dozens of people in Khan Sheikhoun earlier this month.  A declassified intelligence assessment released by the French government yesterday establishes beyond any reasonable doubt that the...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Among the 22 countries belonging to the Arab League, 17 are ranked as "bad" or "very bad" in the annual World Press Freedom Index published today by Reporters Without Borders. The eight classified as "bad" are Algeria, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar and the United Arab...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Last week, unnoticed by most of the world's media, Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women – with support from at least five EU countries. The commission is described on its website as "the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    Since leaving the diplomatic service Peter Ford, a former British ambassador in Damascus, has become an outspoken critic of western policies towards Syria and has described calls for President Assad to step down as "child-like". During the conflict Ford has also repeatedly disputed...
  • By: Brian Whitaker
    A decorative concrete structure which had stood for more than 25 years at the entrance to a government building in the Saudi city of Buraydah was abruptly demolished at the weekend because of its alleged connection with Christianity, according to local media.  The structure, which...

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