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The Fall of Palmyra

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 11:43 am | Franklin Lamb

The ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has been in existence for 30 centuries, and is one of the world’s most cherished archeological and cultural heritage sites. Will it be cease to exist within the next 30 days? More >>

Martyr’s Day: Yarmouk Camp, Damascus

Saturday, 9 May 2015, 11:04 am | Franklin Lamb

This past week, on May 6th, Syria commemorated its national holiday known as Martyr’s Day. This year being the 99th anniversary of the execution of 21 Syrian nationalists, betrayed by retreating Beirut based French officials who were supposedly their allies. More >>

Following the ISIS Takeover of Yarmouk

Saturday, 11 April 2015, 12:39 pm | Franklin Lamb

What’s left of Yarmouk Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus will soon duplicate the mounds of rubble and smell of death in Homs, the old city of Aleppo, Idlib, East Damascus, Deraa and along Route 5 from Damascus to the Turkish border and elsewhere ... More >>

A path toward Hamas-Fatah reconciliation

Saturday, 4 April 2015, 10:17 am | Franklin Lamb

A path toward Hamas-Fatah reconciliation: Grant Palestinian refugees the right to work in Lebanon More >>

What We Can Do Now to Help Stop Iconoclasm

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 11:43 am | Franklin Lamb

Iconoclasm, the deliberate systematic attacking or destroying of religious images as religiously heretical is clearly a crime against humanity everywhere it occurs. Today in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere iconoclasm is spreading outrageously. It continues ... More >>

It’s Time to Sanction OFAC - Not Syria & Iran's Civilians

Monday, 9 March 2015, 12:04 pm | Franklin Lamb

Without much doubt, the US Congressional Zionist caucus was energized this week by PM Netanyahu’s appeal to scuttle the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. Even as it spent roughly 27% of his 40 minute speech wildly applauding. According ... More >>

Syria’s Cultural Heritage as a Fulcrum for ending Civil War?

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 1:54 pm | Franklin Lamb

For visitors to Syria these days, certainly this one, it’s almost become a cliché to shake ones head and mumble, “this is not your normal civil war!” Meaning that in spite of the dangerous environment for families and enormous sacrifices being ... More >>

In fewer than 48 hours Syria can achieve relief for citizens

Sunday, 18 January 2015, 4:51 pm | Franklin Lamb

In fewer than 48 hours Syria can achieve relief for her endangered citizens seeking lifesaving refuge in Lebanon By Franklin Lamb Syrian Embassy, Beirut More >>

How USA can Preserve Syrian Cultural Heritage

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 11:23 am | Franklin Lamb

These days there are unfortunately few discernible positive signs of putting an end to the ongoing destruction and theft of our global heritage in Syria and even those one must search to uncover. But there are some. More >>

Franklin Lamb: Targeting Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 3:47 pm | Franklin Lamb

The sign placed by Lebanese General Security and Tourism officials on the western side of the Masnaa border crossing from Syria to Lebanon greets arrivals. It reads: “WELCOME TO BROTHERLY LEBANON.” More >>

As Aleppo Goes, So Goes Syria? - By Franklin Lamb in Aleppo

Friday, 2 January 2015, 5:50 pm | Franklin Lamb

Were a visitor to arrive at the embattled city of Aleppo these frigid and bleak days from the western government controlled side of the 7000 year old city, even if blindfolded and wearing tight earplugs the sightless and deaf traveller would likely sense something ... More >>

False claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed

Friday, 19 December 2014, 5:41 pm | Franklin Lamb

Given the massive destruction in large parts of Aleppo, Syria’s former economic juggernaut near the Turkish border, including in the city’s Medina souk and Industrial zone, claims of even more dire damage to Syrian heritage sites would perhaps be understandable. More >>

Germans rebuilt Dresden and the Syrians will rebuild Aleppo!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:12 pm | Franklin Lamb

This observer has long sought an extended visit to the old city of Aleppo which is also one of this cradle of civilizations cultural and educational centers. Despite being in a continuing war zone, the visit materialized when security authorities ... More >>

“Death to Iran” Over Airline Passenger Safety

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 2:06 pm | Franklin Lamb

International air travelers in flights over Asia could well be in danger from a recent policy change enacted by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), this as the latter puts Israel’s “death to Iran” policy seemingly ... More >>

Book on UNRWA Brings Palestinian Refugee Problem into Focus

Sunday, 9 November 2014, 10:08 am | Franklin Lamb

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was established by a UN mandate on December 8, 1949—specifically to deal with the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees following the Nakba, or the establishment of the state of Israel. More >>

Sunni-Shia Bellum Sacrum Fault Lines Deepen in Lebanon

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 1:52 pm | Franklin Lamb

Historically, the term “religious war” (Bellum Sacrum) was used to describe various European wars among Christian denominations spanning mainly the 16th to the 18th century such as the Seven Year’s War (1756-1763) which spread widely throughout ... More >>

Will Seif al Islam Expel the ISIS Affiliate, Al Fajr Libya?

Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 12:07 pm | Franklin Lamb

A second interview by this observer with Seif al Islam Gadhafi, formerly the heir apparent to his father Moammar, was sought and finally arranged as a follow up to an earlier one focusing of my interest in the Imam Musa Sadr case. More >>

Gloves Come Off in Lebanon

Sunday, 2 November 2014, 12:15 pm | Franklin Lamb

Historically, the term "religious war" (Bellum Sacrum) was used to describe various European wars among Christian denominations spanning mainly the 16th to the 18th centuries, bloodlettings such as the Seven Year’s War (1756-1763), a conflict ... More >>

Avoidable Humanitarian Crisis at Lebanon Border Crossing

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 4:41 pm | Franklin Lamb

Chest high metal crowd control barriers manned by armed guards—since late September they have stood outside the Arrivals Hall on the Lebanon side of the Masnaa border crossing with Syria. For Syrian and Palestinian refugees fleeing the continuing violence ... More >>

The Twice Betrayed Christians of Ma’ loula

Sunday, 5 October 2014, 1:29 pm | Franklin Lamb

It is a truly unique cultural heritage site, the hamlet of Ma’aloula, with Christian sanctuaries and monuments stretching back for more than 16 centuries into the past, yet it has been scarred, traumatized, desecrated and deeply wounded by the war in ... More >>



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