Tagged With syria

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Sean Spicer is reliably, sometimes even endearingly, terrible at his job as Press Secretary. But his comments during Tuesday's press briefing on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler are astonishing. Not just because they're blatantly, breathtakingly wrong, but because a man whose job is remembering and relaying facts can't accurately recount one of the most notorious events of the 20th century.

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One of the few issues uniting the loose coalition of meme obsessed right-wingers; ethno-national, white supremacists; and other fringe political camps we've come to know as the alt-right has been the sentiment that America's protracted wars in the Middle East were a grave misstep. Many Trump supporters I've spoken to went so far as to say they threw their effort behind the Republican ticket for fear that Clinton would certainly lead the US to war.

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Wikileaks withheld a batch of emails showing a $US2.2 ($3) billion transaction between the Syrian regime and a Russian government-owned bank, according to a Daily Dot report. If true, the report will likely have a lasting negative impact on Wikileaks' credibility. The report alleges that the transparency organisation betrayed its own core values of "pristine leaking" and did so in a way that protects Russia's public image.

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I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I'm in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month's tragic shooting.

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The relationship between Russia and the West is becoming increasingly dangerous with potential flashpoints developing in both eastern Europe and Syria. After repeated incursions into Turkish airspace by Russian warplanes on bombing raids over Syria, NATO's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg warned Moscow that it stands ready to "defend all allies". Meanwhile Britain announced it would send troops to Baltic states to defend NATO's eastern boundaries against possible Russian aggression beyond Ukraine.

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EFF has noted and protested when authorities deliberately cut off Internet access in times of unrest. As a restraint on the freedom of expression of those affected, communication blackouts during protests are unconscionable. But recent research by Anita Gohdes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Mannheim, suggests that Internet shutdowns are becoming part of a toolkit for more violent repression.

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It's kind of the oldest trick in the book. Catfishing is where you pretend to be someone you're not online so that you can trick someone else into doing something. And based on a new report, this is exactly how pro-Assad hackers have been robbing intel from opposition forces: They have been posing as hot girls on Skype and stealing battle plans from the Syrian rebel army.

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This is an aerial view of the Zaatari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since the camp opened in July 2012 hundreds of refugees have arrived daily and the population reached 144,000 in 2013. According to the New York Times, the number decreased to 85,000 in 2014, but the camp has become an informal city.

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Syria's agreement with the UN to eradicate its stockpiles of chemical warfare agents in exchange for the US not curb-stomping its Air Force is going about as well as you'd expect. That is, it's woefully behind schedule with little hope of actually being completed. But, if and when the Assad regime does finally turn over its chemical munitions, they'll be neutralized aboard this ship.