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بنجامين داوود

Analyst & writer, formerly filming in Syria in 2013. My primary focus is on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Syria, Iraq and Iran. I also conduct research into war criminals fleeing the conflict into Europe.

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Stop Asking Why Americans Support Trump

I'm amazed that I *still* hear people saying "I can't believe Trump won!" or "How did he get all this support?!" etc. Please. Trump's supporters didn't just appear out of nowhere. This level of support for a candidate who is... Continue Reading →

Bombs Are “Civilised”, But Knives Are Barbaric?

At least 212 Syrian civilians were killed in bombings by the US coalition in the Tokhar area of Manbij on Tuesday. Manbij is the scene of fierce fighting between Da'esh and the PKK's YPG offshoot and allies in the SDF ("Syria... Continue Reading →

Hezbollah is Flogging a Dead Horse

Today, a barrage of mortar and anti-tank fire struck an Israeli military (IDF) convoy in the occupied Shebaa farms, killing at least 4 IDF soldiers. This attack was in response to the January 18th Israeli attack on a Hezbollah outpost... Continue Reading →

What Factors Explain the Central Role of the Military in Egyptian Politics?

Ever ince the unilateral inception of Egypt as an independent state on February 22nd 1922, Egypt's military has been a key power-broker in the internal and external political system. This was signified by the rise of leaders such as Nasser, Sadat,... Continue Reading →

The Capitulation of the Arab ‘Leaders’

The venue is well-organised. The door of the aircraft opens. An old man exits the aircraft and stumbles around blindly, with little comprehension of what he's doing. If he has any, it barely shows. He dresses elegantly, but his weakness... Continue Reading →

“Sunni Markets” – The Sectarian Looting of Homs

Ever since the Assad regime starved the people of Homs into capitulation, under the deal for the withdrawal from the revolution-held districts of old Homs, there has been an unprecedented spate of looting and destruction going on, at the hands... Continue Reading →

The Abuse of the Ahl al-Bayt by the Faux-‘Resistance’

Since the inception of the 'resistance' adopted by Iran since the 1979 revolution, and its regional proxies (the Assad regime in Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon) against Israel and the west (supposedly), the regional alliance calling itself the 'Resistance Axis' (Iran,... Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen

In December 2012, a Garden Grove man by the name of Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (of Vietnamese descent) went to Syria. When asked why he went there in the aftermath of his arrest, his sister in particular made conflicting statements. He... Continue Reading →

Notable Syrian Activsts Surrender to the Regime in a “Deal”

This post was directly put out via Qusai Zakarya's managers at his Facebook page, blog, etc. Qusai, alongside other notable activists, has turned himself in to the Assad regime, a selfless act in an attempt to save the lives of the starving people... Continue Reading →

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