Archive for the 'Jordan' Category

The Unintended Consequences of Closing and Restricting Jordan-Syria Border Crossings—by Justin Schon

by Justin Schon “In the interest of our national security, we are prepared to close the border if — God forbid — anarchy breaks out in Syria or we see an unprecedented humanitarian crisis,” Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah said in January 2013. This statement may […]

Documentary: Where the war still echoes

Where the war still echoes is a documentary produced by IRIN, a news service run by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs . The documentary series follows a family of Syrian refugees over the course of a year, from their arrival to Za’atari camp in Jordan in December 2012. Selim and Leila were farmers […]

Jordan Shudders Under 331% Increase in Refugees as Conflict in Dera’a Intensifies

by Matthew Barber and the Syria Video team   Mile-long line of Syrians fleeing into Turkey If you haven’t yet watched it, allow me to strongly encourage you to view the Frontline documentary Syria Behind the Lines. Superior even to this documentary, however, is a segment of extra footage from the journalist who filmed the […]

Dera’a is Falling

Dera’a is Falling by Matthew Barber for Syria Comment March 29, 2013 According to an article published yesterday by al-Quds (نائب سوري: مقاتلو المعارضة يسيطرون على اجزاء واسعة من درعا), Syrian MP Waleed Zoubi has asserted during a session of parliament that large areas within the muhafiza (governorate) of Dera’a have fallen under the control […]

Drones, A New Alawite Opposition, Obama in Israel

Posted by Matthew Barber Drones & Intervention   We included a report in a previous post that the CIA is eyeing Syria for the use of drones. Now a report by Chuck Hagel and David Boren suggests that the drone program is aberrant and problematic for the CIA: U.S. intelligence too focused on killing suspected […]