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  • Tawarghans Still in Limbo in the New Libya
    March 22, 2014 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Feb 24, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    After months of delays, Libyans finally got the chance on Thursday to vote for people who will draft a constitution.

     

    It’s not clear though that the vote will mean much to Libya’s largest group of internally displaced: the Tawarghans.

     

     

  • Former Revolutionaries Brood Over Libya’s Sluggish Transition
    March 22, 2014 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on Feb 17, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    Today marks three years since Libyans first rose up against Muamar Gaddafi. The anniversary comes at a time of political turmoil in the country.

     

    Libya still has no constitution. The interim parliament unilaterally extended its mandate for nearly a year. And Libya’s Prime Minister has been left without a cabinet since the Muslim Brotherhood party quit his government last month.

     

    In Zintan, one of the revolution’s hotspot, Libyans are more in the mood to protest than celebrate.

     

     

  • How a foreign fighters’ chaperon turned into a victim of jihadists in Syria
    January 22, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Jan 21, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    This week, delegates of the Syrian opposition and the Syrian regime will meet for the first time after three years of turmoil. The Geneva II conference was first designed as a platform to broker a transitional government but expectations have shrunk in recent weeks. Analysts now expect negotiations to focus on localized cease-fires and exchange of prisoners, not a road map to end the war.

     

    Absent of Geneva II will also be one of the biggest player in the civil war –the al Qaeda affiliated group that controls much of north-eastern Syria and has clashed with the FSA in recent weeks.

     

    Most of their fighters are foreign jihadists… And here’s the story of one Syrian who has recently been forced into exile by the very men he helped bring into Syria.

     

  • A Bad Year For the FSA
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Dec 26, 2013 — PRI’s The World

     

    One brigade that started the year as a major player of the armed insurgency in Latakia province ends 2013 disbanded — a telltale of what went wrong with the Free Syrian Army this year.

     

  • On the Frontline with Kurdish Female Fighters
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Nov 27, 2013 — PRI’s The World

    Syria’s Kurdish militia stands apart from other rebel groups in more ways than one.

    Military discipline, ideological cohesion and popular support have given the YPG an edge in the civil war and accounted for its big gains over al Qaeda groups this month in North-eastern Syria. 

    Yet the YPG’s most outstanding feature might be the surprisingly large number of women fighting within its ranks. 

     

  • In Syria, Kurds Are Fighting Their Own War Against Islamists, and Winning
    January 8, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Nov 26, 2013 — PRI’s The World

     

    Syria’s civil war, going on three years now, is often described as a bloody stalemate. Yet on one particular front, there have been recent breakthroughs.

     

    Two weeks ago in northeastern Syria, Kurdish leaders declared provisional self-rule and created an interim government in a territory controlled by the Kurdish militia. The announcement came in the wake of a major offensive by the YPG against Islamist groups.

     

  • Al Qaeda’s Takeover of Raqqa Fuels Refugee Influx
    September 18, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on September 10, 2013 — PRI’s The World

     

    More than 2 million Syrians have fled the civil war into neighboring countries. In the Turkish city of Urfa, dozens cluster nights and days around the wooden picnic tables of a park in the outskirts of town. Most of them come from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and arrived in Turkey only recently.

     

    Persistent airstrikes by the regime and widespread shortages were bad enough, they say. The takeover of their city by Dawlat al-Islamyia over the summer was the last straw.

     

     

     

  • Snapshots of Life in a War-Torn City
    June 5, 2013 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on June 3, 2013 — PRI’s The World

     

    The conflict in Syria has been grinding on for more than two years, and neither side has been able to dislodge the other. That stalemate is painfully evident to the residents of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzor, near the Iraqi border.