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Moving between remote villages, glinting between patchwork fields of spinach, wheat and cotton, and parked decoratively in front of Byzantine ruins, motorcycles appear to be ubiquitous in Syria.
Authoritarian and anti-western, Syria stands alongside Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas in defying US ambit
Syria - Politically repressive, the minority Alawite rulers have encouraged a surprising religious t
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The Syrians agree with the Israelis on one thing - there is no such place as Palestine
Last November the Damascus Declaration, a statement issued by a broad coalition of political groups and organisations - secular and religious, Arab and Kurdish - demanded "the adoption of democracy based on liberty and free and regular elections": a clear call for regime change.
Syria - A conservative culture has produced some of the world's most explicit - and bizarre - linger
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From ancient Arabic script to Gaza City graffiti, a fascinating exhibition shows that the written wo
Paul Wolfowitz, the former US deputy defence secretary and main architect of the Iraq war, has run t
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The American public is being prepared. If the attack on Iran does come, there will be no warning, no
With oil at $70 a barrel, Saudi Arabian society is in danger of capsizing under the weight of its ow
Saudi Arabia's government is finally making moves to "re-educate" Islamic extremists - but a new gen
Omar Sharif was the British suicide bomber who attempted an attack in Tel Aviv three years ago. now,
It started with some like-minded progressives meeting in a London pub. Disenchanted with what they s
"To me it would be a worse crime to stay silent if telling the truth could prevent war."
There will be an attack; that much is already assumed in Washington. Whether it should be nuclear is
Sir Jonathan Sacks talks to Ziauddin Sardar about the Holocaust, al-Qaeda, the future of Palestine -
Turn on the television and there they are, night after night, intoning not so much their love of war
Wearing a headscarf is a wonderful thing, because it alerts the audience to the compromises a repor
Rachel Aspden was one of the Britons rapidly evacuated from Jerusalem following the Israeli army's p
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Saddam may be on trial, but there is now, thanks to Blair and Bush, no better time to be a dictator
2,309: US soldiers killed since invasion . . . 103: British soldiers killed . . . 4,260: members of new Iraqi security forces killed . . . 33,658-37,754: civilians killed . . . 101: media workers killed . . . 1,012: car bombs since June 2004 . . . 280: foreigners kidnapped (of whom 45 killed) .