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Life is turning into hell for #Syrians in #Turkey

I had to double-check, because, at a first glance, the draconian measures that the Turkish Minister of Interior, Süleyman Soylu, announced two days ago at the Migration Board Meeting in Ankara sounded too extreme to be true.
Syrians will now be banned from visiting relatives and family in northern Syria for the holiday of Eid Al-Adha.

Soylu said that Syrians in Turkey who wish to cross the borders into Syria will only receive one-way permits.
The minister also announced that, from now on, the background of all Syrians coming to Turkey will be checked. Those coming from Damascus will be rejected and returned immediately.

The "Damascus is safe" rhetoric that started in Europe is now echoing in Turkey, too.
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One of the defensive responses to #Germany's policy on #Ukraine has been: "Look at how many refugees we have taken". God bless those who shelter refugees. The problem with this as a policy metric, though, is that it doesn't register success, but very nearly the opposite.
Should say: in conversation with someone from #Britain, this is usually a not-so-subtle counter-attack on our policy in this area, and there is a point. But it doesn't alter the fact: taking refugees from #Ukraine is not a measure of how this is going.
Taking in refugees is something that has to be done when a country has been devastated - or during the process of that happening. Most people who flee would like to go home; many #Syrians certainly would, and the fact so many cannot is a measure of our failure since 2011.
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“The main obstacle to a safe & dignified return is the way displaced Syrians are seen by the international community.”

@MD_Hosini, from SACD diplomatic outreach team, participated today in a panel discussion organized by @CarnegieMEC & here’s a🧵of most important points he made:
Syrians have been dehumanized for years by #Russia, #Iran and Assad regime, resulting in disastrous outcomes. While at the same time, the world froze, preventing necessary & sustainable solutions, based on our rights which are supposed to be universal, from being implemented. 2/
Yet we have seen how swiftly such solutions have been put into action immediately in #Ukraine, but in the case of #Syria, we are still suffering and very far from it. 3/
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The fate of #refugees (#Ukrainians,#Syrians, #Afghan, #Africans)literally depends on WHERE they filed their applications. Read our fresh report based on original data,which shows that Boston Asylum Office fosters a culture of suspicion toward #AsylumSeekers @ACLUMaine @ILAPmaine Image
-From 2015 to 2020, the Boston Asylum Office approved a mere 15% of asylum applications compared to the national approval rate at 28%.
-The approval rate in Boston plummeted to 11% in 2021, while the national average remained at 27%

aclumaine.org/en/press-relea…
-@ACLUMaine @ILAPmaine Refugee and Human Rights Clinic (RHRC) at @UMaineLaw + me, analyzed 1000s of documents obtained through FOIA & conducted 100+ interviews to answer a simple question:

- Why does the Boston Asylum Office approve such a small percentage of asylum cases? Image
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Thread: 22 March 2022: Day 27 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
#Russia continues to hold Brittney Griner, an #American professional basketball player, hostage. Ms. Griner was "arrested" on fabricated charges on Feb. 17, clearly intended as leverage during the invasion of #Ukraine, which began exactly a week later.
At least five #Russian Generals have been killed in #Ukraine because Moscow has no choice but to have them at the front: the communications are not working, and morale/discipline are deeply troubled; without Generals on the spot, things would fall apart. foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/21/rus…
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#war #Kyiv #Ukraine #Russia Collecting all reports thread; Ukraine's operational command says "cruise and ballistic missile strikes are underway at the control centres in Kyiv" from @lukeharding1968 Friends report explosions in #Kyiv, #Odessa #Kharkiv #Mykolaev thread, add info
Targets include airfields and military headquarters, operational command says
"Distant crumps - soft explosions - reported from west Kyiv, towards the airport. Not Cruise missiles, i think, but sounds like an attack on the airport." @JohnSweeney
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#Singapore, #Japan, and #Taiwan joining the Western effort to sanction #Russia for the assault on #Ukraine foreignpolicy.com/2022/02/22/bid…
Details on the #NATO (re)deployments to cope with the fallout from #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Details on #Ukraine's reservist mobilisation: far from complete (since that would require martial law), but still of a scale that it will take weeks to complete ... and the assault on the capital is days away at most
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Made a mess of these threads. Integrating them here
#Ukraine's President Zelensky said a few hours ago he is still going to Germany tomorrow for the Munich Security Conference. Whether this is supposed to promote calm or what is unclear; it's a hell of a time for him to leave his capital.
President #Biden just said in his White House address that the US believes the #Russians will invade #Ukraine in the next few days and "they will target Ukraine's capital, Kiev". Image
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#Taliban/#ISI reportedly disrupting the Internet access of the #Panjshir resistance, whether in preparation for a final offensive is unclear.
This is absolutely extraordinary, all the more so for being presented as a myth-busting exercise.
The likelihood of a repeat of the 26 August attack by ISKP is very high
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The stakes involved in this UNSC #Syria vote are huge -- yet it shouldn't be a subject of debate at all.

Making use of its UN veto, #Russia seeks to starve #Syrians into submission -- for a guide to the issue, read this, by Jeffrey Feltman & myself:

politico.com/news/magazine/…
#Russia claims that cross-border aid should end & be replaced by cross-line assistance sent from #Damascus -- but that's BS.

For the 4.5m people in NW #Syria in the last 12 months:

- Cross-border: ~12,000 trucks
- Cross-line: 0

Negotiations for cross-line have gone nowhere.
In recent weeks, every single UN body & all major INGOs have made it 100% clear: "there's no alternative to cross-border aid."

Given #Russia's pitiful role in UN aid to #Syria (most years, IKEA funds more than #Moscow), it's simply exasperating that it would cut it altogether.
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It's a big day in the #Syria policy world, as #SyriaConf2021 kicks off in #Brussels & @SecBlinken chairs a UNSC session on humanitarian aid in #Syria.

BIG kudos to @ABlinken for taking this on & raising the vital aid issue onto the front-burner.
@SecBlinken @ABlinken NEW - As has so often been the case, when the international community convenes high-level #Syria events (#SyriaConf2021 & UNSC), #Russia's jets take to the sky & drop bombs.

Multiple airstrikes being reported in #Idlib right now.
@SecBlinken @ABlinken In 10mins, @SecBlinken will chair a UNSC session on humanitarian aid in #Syria.

Last week, Jeff Feltman & I wrote something for @politico calling for high-level diplomacy to sustain unhindered cross-border aid access. There's nothing more important now:

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With the #Biden administration settled in, there's a clear trend emerging in certain circles to swat away long-standing, complex foreign policy challenges -- and #Syria appears to be low-hanging fruit.

'#Syria doesn't matter,' some say... 'It was just never that important.'
It's good for there to be a debate -- & yes, 'great power competition' (#China, #Russia etc.) ought to be *the* priority.

BUT to shove #Syria aside as a minor inconvenience would be profoundly reckless, given the extraordinary costs it's inflicted on global stability since '11.
So far, arguments in favor of '#Syria doesn't matter' can be broken down into 2 camps:

(1) Those who ignore the profound past, current & future costs altogether - or worse - (2) those who astonishingly claim that #Assad, #Russia & #Iran can resolve the crisis & achieve stability
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Today marks ten years since the #Syria uprising started. Difficult to overstate the price paid by Syrians fighting for freedom, dignity & rights, and the importance of continuing to push for justice and reform. A thread on what we've seen this past decade. #Syria10 (1/12)
The #Syria gov’s brutal response to a peaceful uprising kicked off a decade of human rights abuses, inc. the detention & torture of 10000s, many of whom remain missing. Syrians like Ali Mustafa & Bassel Khartabil, who represent the best of Syria. (2/12) hrw.org/report/2012/07…
Conflict underscores cost of eroding respect for intl law. From the #Syria gov’s systematic use of chemical weapons + cluster munitions to starving communities to force surrender. 100s of 1000s lives lost, millions displaced & cities destroyed. Costs Syrians still bear (3/12)
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1. I missed @maddow today and just watched the interview with @jrpsaki. She made a pronouncement in the @StateDept presser 2014 that changed my life. She announced the #YPG #YPJ were not considered listed within #PKK #FTO designation and the next day, I went to war against #ISIS.
2. I knew they would win. But they needed our help then and they need it now. Too many times we have betrayed the #Kurds and it's more than Kurds in the new #Syria in #NES we will betray. #Sunni #Arabs, #Christians & #Ezidi can create #peace with the #Alawi with strong US support
3. the extortion practiced by #Assad will become meaningless. People are tired of ##war and #Turkey-backed #Islamists have got to go. Assad and the Russians can't do it because Assad represents an existential threat to Sunni #Druze, Kurds, Ezidi and #Christian #Syrians.
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The #Palestenians never asked #UAE to be their patron; they asked and cheered #Turkey and #Iran. Both did NOTHING other than killing #Syrians and #Kurds in the name of freeing #Palestine
Two men saved some of the lands Israel occupied in 67, Sadat and @MohamedBinZayed
The first saved Sinai, the second stopped the disastrous annexation of the West Bank.
Yet Palestenians are wailing as if annexation was better for them!
#UAE
Funny how West Bank Palestinians happily flocked into “Zionist entity beaches” last week when Israel opened border; without sobbing for lost Palestine.
Now they are fuming about #UAE’s relations with #Israel.

The may be a treatment for #Covid_19; but not for political psychosis
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Engineering a City #thread
Having spent my entire childhood in #Kochi (#Cochin ), it feels criminal to not know the story of how the city came to be the #metropolis it is today. Putting together a thread to trace the journey of the city which has been so endearingly mine (1)
Part 1: The #Malabar Mud-Banks
The story of Cochin is not just about how an engineering marvel can change social fabric, but also of many tenets of #British #Colonialism in India which is often taken for granted, passed off lazily as exploitation, missing nuance (2)
As with any coastal town, the cultural and economic history of Kochi is intertwined with maritime trade routes since the time of the Early Romans and Arabs. Thanks to the #biennale , most of us would now be familiar with the term #Muzuris (3)
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The Manzarieh camp in N/Tehran was #Iran’s 1st major #terrorist camp in 1981. They brought in foreign trainers such as #Palestinians, #Syrians, N/ Koreans & even 300 Farsi speaking #KGB agents in Iranian uniforms to export the Islamic Revolution to create chaos in the Arab world. Image
Might that chaos include assassinating Lebanon’s Maronite leader Bachir Gemayel in 1982 ? A #Syrian was arrrested. #Syria has been allied to #Iran. Iran’s #Shia Revolution was definitely a big moment in Lebanon. The Soviets, #Iran and #Syria all had interests in #Lebanon.
Massive chaos followed the assassination of young #Gemayel who demanded the ouster of Syrian forces and the #PLO. He had rebuked an offer by the #KGB to assist the Maronites in return for #Soviet bases.
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#THREAD: As the #Syrian war enters its 10th year, @AFP has put together a series of stories that shed critical light on where the conflict and its many players now stand. Taken together, they reveal the brutal cost of war & how regular #Syrians are paying the highest price
"It's certainly not a simple international conflict."
@RobaHusseini on how Syria plays host to a complex international showdown involving #Russia, the United States, #Turkey, #Israel and #Iran.
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"Fear of death has turned into fear of poverty."
@Maher_mon from #Damascus on how residents of the Syrian capital are struggling to rebuild their lives after years of war.
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How #Syrians see #Erdogan's escalation in #Idlib. "The army units are carrying out fierce clashes with Jabhat al #Nusra terrorists and #Turkish -supported groups on #Saraqeb axis in Idleb countryside." sana.sy/en/?p=186856
SANA: "terrorist groups involved tens of suicidal terrorists and car bombs on the western axis of Saraqib city with intensified firing support by the Turkish regime forces where army units confronted them, killed and injured dozens of them."
#Erdogan's occupation forces make more direct attacks on the #Syrian military, advancing in #Idlib, as their allied #AlQaeda groups are driven back. From R&U videos, 28 February 2020:
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@CIA @NSAGov @SecretService @FBI
1/I was the director of the Treatment Deputy/Beheshti #University of #Medical Sciences w/284 employees along w/more than 240 #Hospitals thousands Medical Centers, Clinics, Day Care, Addiction centers... all were under my Department's supervision..
@GOP
2/I personally followed the complaints, never ignored any complaint especially those concerning injustice& corruption in the system. I kicked out a CORRUPT inspector/the relative of top officials, limited few others... made a decisive protocol to prevent& fight CORRUPTION.
@FBI @CIA
3/In addition to nonstop conspiracies against me for many years made by your #CORRUPT agents/#cia #fbi &lots of damages to my car(engine/body), stealing my valuables, destroying my laptops (5 MacBook, 1ASUS..)..hacked my yahoo/twitter..accounts& full physical& financial
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I beg my friends in #Syria NOT 2waste your time & demean yourselves begging for #trump aka, #ComradeAgentOrange the #TraitorInChief to help you! It is because of him that no #Syrians are allowed into the US I’m an #American have never voted for a GOP candidate! #BlueTsunami2020
When you beg #tRump for help, you hurt @TheDemocrats! They are the only ones who will drop the travel ban against the Syrian people. trump couldn’t find #Syria on a map! He had #Soleimani killed to deflect from his #Impeachment #BoneSpurs is a coward a laughing stock!
#SaveIdlib
I support the Syrian people but I will not RT anything that includes begging that fat head, #Trump for anything! I’ve done it before for all of you but that ends tonight. Pls do not tag me regarding RT’s to #IMPOTUS I’ve just left 1 Syrian group & I will leave them all if I must
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A message from an ordinary #Syrian to the people of #Canada:
There is no better way for you to learn the truth about what has been going on in #Syria during the past 9 years, to figure out how heinous are the crimes that have been committed in your names...
... against the #Syrian_people and how much you have been lied to by your own government and media outlets, than coming over here, seeing with your own eyes and hearing with your own ears from the Syrian people on the ground, those who have lived this war day in day out since...
... the very first day, those who have lost their sons and daughters, their brothers and sisters, their fathers and mothers, and in many cases, their whole families, from those who couldn't have proper treatment because of the sanctions that have been imposed and...
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A palpable revival of #UniversalJurisdiction is underway in Europe.
Here are 7 examples of recent important activities (trials, arrests, investigations) that have taken place only in the last few weeks.
There are certainly more that I am unaware of.
And certainly more to come.
1. #Sweden
>> Arrest of an Iranian national allegedly involved in the #1988Massacre of thousands of detainees. First ever #UniversalJurisdiction case on #Iran to go ahead.
nytimes.com/reuters/2019/1…
2. #Belgium
>> The trial of a #Rwandan man accused of having participated in the 1994 #genocide of the Tutsi minority is currently underway.
brusselstimes.com/all-news/belgi…
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51. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
1 to 20. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria 🤨👇🏼
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21 to 40. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria 🤨👇🏼
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