Monthly Archives: June 2013

How the death toll in Syria has been reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights recently released figures suggesting that, of the purported 100’000 or so people who have been killed in the Syrian civil war since 2011, roughly 42% were pro-government fighters, 36% were civilians, and 18% were … Continue reading

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Breakdown of casualties in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

All the usual caveats should apply here, and i’m not saying the numbers presented by the SOHR are gospel. But here’s the breakdown they’ve supplied nonetheless: ‘Total deaths from violence: 100’191 Total number of civilian deaths from violence: 36’661 Total … Continue reading

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Tony Blair speaking in Jerusalem: Let’s hear it for war and capitalism! Down with the people!

Part of his speech, as quoted in The Independent: ‘So much of the sentiment in the Western political economy is anti-business and particularly anti-the banks. But the best long-term policy is almost certainly to encourage business and have the financial … Continue reading

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‘A beacon of hope for the future of Afghanistan’.

Former British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sherard Cowper-Coles on the execution of 8 Afghan prisoners in 2008, and William Wood’s (who was the U.S. Ambassador at the time) response to it: ‘On the fateful day, the prisoners were taken out under … Continue reading

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A rare moment of honesty from Reuters on Syria.

That isn’t to say I think Reuters are particularly dishonest when it comes to reporting Syria, but how often is it you read something like this in regards to the foreign policies of the major ‘Western’ powers? ‘France’s active support … Continue reading

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The BBC’s Jim Muir compares the Iraqi and Syrian death tolls.

As here: ‘The casualty figures have risen dramatically, especially since the two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, became caught up in the violence last July. Since then, the number of people killed has averaged more than 5,000 every month. Even … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the new UN death toll figures from Syria.

The UN’s count is based on data from these 8 sources: ‘1. The March 15 Group 2. The Syrian government 3. The Syrian Center for Statistics and Research 4. The Syrian Network for Human Rights 5. The Syrian Observatory for … Continue reading

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