What if Bashar al Assad and Iran were to win the war in Syria?

Russell Chapman

Let’s say that Assad wins this war with Iran’s backing, what would happen?
The price would be virtually total control of the government in Damascus, even before the revolution Bashar had allowed Iranian influence into Syria much more than his father Hafez ever did. The Iranians aren’t helping Assad out of love. The have hegemonic ambitions to dominate the entire region. It is only with their help that Assad holds on to power, and they will also have the power to remove him if he doesn’t tow their line.

So the war is won. What next? It is clear that Assad would go on a killing spree, slaughtering everyone who he felt was in opposition to him. This would amount to millions of people. There is precedent, his father killed thousands in Hama back in the 80′s when they showed discontent with the regime. The next time will be on…

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Sunday, June 30th in Cairo



Today in Tahrir  Square,  there are at least 100,000 demonstrators gathered to protest President Morsi, who was elected one year ago today.  The Egyptians have discovered “Power to the People!” There is reporting of a possible new revolution beginning.  According to the demonstrators,  Morsi  has failed to tackle economic and security issues while putting the agenda of Muslim Brotherhood before the country’s wider interests.Image

Last night, demonstrators camped out9D14805D-1D16-4066-8FBF-94FC1EC2DD68_mw1024_n_s in the square which brought back images of protectors who brought about the fall of ex-president Hosni Mubark, in February 2012.


It seems the same demonstration with only the picture of the leader that has changed. Mubarak lived and ruled as an absolute ruler for 30 years. He seemed a reincarnation of the ancient pharaohs.  There is a story of him riding through the streets of Cairo and remarking that “There is no traffic problem in Cairo!” after his aides had…

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‘Gone To Canada’


I think this is likely to become the new ‘in vogue’ celebrity euphemism.

Stuart Hall has ‘gone to Canada’ for 15 months, while Graham Ovenden avoided having to go to Canada. The Attorney General is now reviewing their ‘holiday’ arrangements and it looks likely that both will spend more time in Canada then they’d originally planned. This all follows the revelation that Jimmy Savile never went to Canada.

Bill Roache’s Coronation Street character has not appeared on screen since May and the absence will finally be explained on July 12 when his onscreen wife Deirdre tells her daughter Tracy he has gone to look after his grandson Adam Barlow in Canada, who is recovering after collapsing at work. Adam is the son of Ken’s late daughter Susan and his late love rival Mike Baldwin. “I reckon he just fancied a holiday,” says Tracy, before questioning whether Ken would ever go…

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Antony Loewenstein meditates, ‘as a Jew’, on whether religion causes conflict

On July 2 ‘Comment is Free’ published a piece titled ‘Doesn’t religion cause most of the conflict in the world?’, representing an edited extract from the book, For God’s Sake: An Atheist, A Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion‘ – by co-authors Antony Loewenstein (a Jew and previous ‘CiF’ contributor), Jayne Caro (an atheist), Simon Smart (a Christian) and Rachel Woodlook (a Muslim).  

Lowenstein, as we’ve noted before, is a secular, anti-Zionist Jew who previously has advanced antisemitic narratives about the alleged danger to Western governments posed by the power of organized Jewry.  

Here’s what he wrote in the July 2 CiF essay:

Alain de Botton, philosopher and author of Religion for Atheists, is worried about fundamentalism. “To say something along the lines of ‘I’m an atheist: I think religions are not all bad’ has become a dramatically peculiar thing to say,” he…

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A Palestinian State is Not Feasible


The Palestinian Authority, not Israel, should make concessions for peace negotiations, says Tourism Minister Uzi Landau.


The Palestinian Authority, not Israel, should make concessions in order to enter peace negotiations, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beytenu) said on Monday.


[U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry] is not the only one who is serious,” Landau told Arutz Sheva, a day after Kerry concluded his latest visit to the region in an attempt to resume the stalled talks. “We are serious as well, and we demand negotiations without preconditions. The question is whether [PA Chairman Mahmoud] Abbas and his associates are serious too. After all, they could have started negotiations four years ago, but they refused because they believe that there will always be somebody to pressure Israel, so why enter negotiations in which they will have to make concessions and compromises?”


Landau said that…

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Israel upbraids Dutch over ‘preposterous’ Mideast report

A Dutch report on the Middle East conflict that paints Israel as the sole aggressor drew a harsher-than-normal response from Jerusalem recently, in a challenge to its traditionally close ties with the Netherlands.

The report, published in March by the Advisory Council on International Affairs, has also been harshly criticized by pro-Israeli Dutch politicians, who charge that it is full of factual errors and unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinians. Among other shortcomings, critics bemoan that the report, entitled “Between Words and Deeds: Prospects for a sustainable peace in the Middle East,” calls for sanctions against Israel because of settlements yet advocates talking to Hamas and omits any reference to Palestinian terrorism.