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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Saturday, 19 Apr, 2014

Syria’s Thousand Miles of Red Tape

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat—It was only 10 o’clock on a Monday morning, but tempers were already rising. A scrum of men pushed forward towards the glass-paned desk, waving white papers and calling out names in the hope of grabbing the attention of one of the stressed-looking members of staff. “It’s like this every day,” said a young man who had made it to the front and managed to stuff his application form into the hands of one of the officials before shouldering his way apologet...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Monday, 14 Apr, 2014

Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Much attention has been given to the involvement of Lebanese fighters from Hezbollah in the fighting in Syria, understandably so given their fierce reputation and role as the vanguard of recent government offensives in the Qalamoun region. Reports of Iranian assistance on the battlefield, including drones, have also received great attention. But there is also another group of Arab fighters that has played a key role in bolstering the forces of Syrian President Bash...

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Sunny Peter
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on : Sunday, 13 Apr, 2014

Narendra Modi: A Study in Polarization

Mumbai, Asharq Al-Awsat—As India’s 800-million-plus voters began the six-week process of electing the country’s next government on Monday, one name was on the lips of eve...

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Paula Astatih
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

All Quiet on the Western Front?

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syria's mountainous Qalamoun region has been a key supply route for the rebels battling to bring down the government of Bashar Al-Assad, allowing them...

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Mohammed Shaaban
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on : Tuesday, 8 Apr, 2014

Sisi’s Secret Weapon

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—It is almost impossible to start a conversation inside the narrow, dark corridors of the elections office in Giza. The place is teeming with those who have...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Saturday, 5 Apr, 2014

Aleppo: What’s Left Behind

Aleppo, Asharq Al-Awsat—There were so many things that felt wrong on the road into Aleppo. We sped along the highway, swerving to avoid the potholes and then swerving again t...

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Manuel Almeida
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on : Thursday, 3 Apr, 2014

After Dialogue, a Daunting Challenge for Yemen

Sana’a and London, Asharq Al-Awsat—South Yemen’s old city of Aden lies in the crater of an inactive volcano on the southeastern side of the Aden peninsula. On the peninsula i...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Sunday, 30 Mar, 2014

Taking, and Leaving, Latakia

Yayladağı, Turkish–Syrian border, Asharq Al-Awsat—It wasn’t so much what Nabil said that was disturbing, but his appearance. Twenty-one years old, smiling and baby face...

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Shireen Qabbani
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on : Monday, 24 Mar, 2014

Counting the Cost in Arsal

Arsal, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Syrian town of Yabroud, located on the slopes of the Qalamoun mountains, was in the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. The town final...

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Layal Abu Rahal
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on : Friday, 21 Mar, 2014

Syria’s Lebanese Ghost Prisoners

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—“We saw the document, but our hope remains strong. We cannot easily accept that my father was executed. Until we receive his corpse, we will not con...

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