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Rebels say U.S. evacuates base in southern Syrian desert | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 19, 2017 02:26 PM
"Washington and Moscow have now moved closer to cooperation in Syria, brokering a ceasefire in the southwest which was the first such understanding between them since the start of the conflict. The diplomat said the latest move is part of a broader effort that included that ceasefire. “This is the latest outcome of the ongoing secret US-Russian talks over southern Syria,” the diplomat, who requested anonymity, told Reuters."

Syrian Children Return to School Amid the Ruins in a Rebel-Held Area | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 17, 2017 02:35 PM
'The war has truncated children’s education. The protracted conflict has resulted in the partial or complete destruction of more than 5,000 schools, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. With nearly six million Syrians displaced internally and five million more who have fled the country as refugees, lack of access to education has become a major issue. In the neighboring countries that host a majority of the Syrian refugees, at least 536,000 school-age children are not receiving an education"

Unions Aren't Obsolete, They're Being Crushed by Right-Wing Politics - VICE

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 14, 2017 04:46 PM
"The EPI report details the tactics companies use to stop unions. In many cases, they use temp agencies, franchise arrangements, or other techniques to avoid taking legal responsibility for their workers. Labor laws that date back more than a half century aren't equipped to help workers negotiate with companies that do their employing through third parties while retaining all real, practical power over workers. "

Vijay Prashad: Towards war’s end in Syria | The Hindu

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 14, 2017 09:05 AM
"The government of Bashar al-Assad is no longer the target of the major armed powers (Turkey, the U.S. and the Gulf Arabs) that had pledged to remove him from his presidency. Even the Free Syrian Army has turned its guns against the IS, as it recently did in south Daraa, where it defeated the Saifullah al-Maslul group in the villages of al-Abdali and al-Majahid. This is a dramatic turn of affairs."
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