Amnesty’s Syria Report
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Amnesty’s Syria Report

Former detainee Omar al-Shogre before his arrest and shortly after his release from Saydnaya Military Prison in Syria. Courtesy of Amnesty International A picture tells all, reminiscent of extermination camp photos. No level of hyperbole can capture the shocking transformation from the vibrant young Syrian man with his shadow’s wraith who survived. He represents one among thousands–and … Continue reading

Defense / Foreign Policy / international relations / Middle East / PTSD / Syria / War Correspondents

Powerful Reflections on PTSD from TedX Cannes

photo credit: recoveryranch.com Worth watching to hear from a deeply thoughtful journalist about his near-death experience in Iraq and subsequent investigations into PTSD. The relatively muted outcry about what’s going on in Syria is perhaps explained by the dulling of global sensibilities to drama and death in the Middle East.  In the future, there will … Continue reading

climate change / International / seeds / Syria

Doomsday “Rescue Seeds” Tapped from a Norwegian Global Strategic Vault

In a little discussed impact of war, the global store of strategic seed reserves has now been tapped by a Syrian seed bank.  This sounds quite strange under the circumstances, but here’s how the Huffington Post wrote the story: “The request to take out a small amount of the millions of total seeds from within … Continue reading