President Trump said on Wednesday that he would lift sanctions against Turkey, declaring success in Syria despite a global perception that America’s withdrawal from the region has been a victory for Turkey and Russia.
“The sanctions will be lifted unless something happens that we’re not happy with,” Trump said.
— Read on www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-10-23/trump-lifts-sanctions-against-turkey
The Turkish incursion has killed scores of people, and left Kurdish fighters accusing the United States of betrayal for leaving them at the Turks’ mercy. That is what led them to strike the deal with Damascus, which said on Sunday that its forces were heading north to take control of two towns and to fight the “Turkish aggression.”
Agreement to hand over border towns comes after more than 700 Isis affiliates escape camp
Source: Kurds reach deal with Damascus in face of Turkish offensive | World news | The Guardian
Hospitals have been abandoned, displacement camps relocated and major roads blocked as residents flee an advance of Turkey’s forces.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/world/middleeast/turkey-syria-kurds.html
The Russian president said he broadly agreed that the Islamic State had been defeated in Syria. “Donald’s right, and I agree with him,” he said of President Trump.
I went to see it with another veteran journalist, who knew Colvin and had worked in several of the places she reported from. He went in braced for cliches, but emerged shaking.While Colvin might have been bemused to see herself celebrated on such an incredible scale, she would almost certainly have been glad to see the terrible suffering in Syria brought to wider attention again. She was killed there because she cared and wanted others to as well. “Part of me thinks Marie is looking down saying, ‘Hey, what’s all the fuss, this is what we do,’” said Hilsum. “But I also think she would be glad that people were talking about Homs again, and hope that maybe some of the attention would be focused on Yemen and other under-reported conflicts and the people suffering in them.”
Source: Marie Colvin: ‘She illuminated the cost of war through individuals’ pain’ | Media | The Guardian
A member of the United Nations commission of inquiry announced on a Swiss-Italian television show that they believe the Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons on Assad’s troops.
Source: UN Sources Say Syrian Rebels — Not Assad — Used Sarin Gas (From 2013)
Speaking on Sunday from the G20 conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”
Source: Chris Uhlmann Australia’s Political Editor: Trump ‘has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO
This post originally appeared on Middle East Eye under the title ‘Dennis Kucinich and the western left’s blind spot over Syria
If anti-authoritarian leftists want to take part in the fight against tyranny and extremism, they must be humble enough to accept that context matters, that things do not happen in a vacuum, and that it is not only about the West. Syrians’ right to narrate their own experiences must be given primacy. These are not mere details, and failure to do so inevitably puts us on the de facto side of the oppressors.
Source: Inoreader – No, the Assad regime is not ‘defending his own country’