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Finally, international steps to bring Syrian war criminals to justice

Finally, international steps to bring Syrian war criminals to justiceOn April 15, 2014, France plans to arrange an informal confidential gathering of Security Council members (a so-called "Arria-formula" meeting) in order to consider a report on the mass use of torture in Syrian detention centres that went viral earlier this year.

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International communities' response to the world's largest refugee crisis

International communities' response to the world's largest refugee crisisLast month top UN officials warned that Syrians are expected to surpass Afghans as the world's largest refugee population. Going into the fourth year of the bloody revolution-turned-war, an influx of almost one million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring Lebanon. The situation was recently deemed a "serious threat" by both Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Ninette Kelly, UNHCR's regional representative for Lebanon, who also described the country's precarious circumstances in a piece he wrote for MEMO earlier this year.

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Media coverage of the Arab Spring and the new Middle East

Media coverage of the Arab Spring and the new Middle EastEver since the symbolism of 26 year-old Tunisian Mohammed Bouazizi's self-immolation in December 2010, and the subsequent eruption of a people's revolution in Tunisia, the Middle East has been in unprecedented turmoil. After decades of suffering under oppressive dictatorships, with basic human rights denied, suddenly the barrier of fear was broken and the people rose to topple their dictatorial governments.

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Extreme donor and media 'fatigue' demands new ways to respond to and represent the growing refugee crisis

Extreme donor and media 'fatigue' demands new ways to respond to and represent the growing refugee crisisAs media institutions and NGOs are faced with a growing de-sensitisation regarding the Syrian revolution, which has turned into a vicious war, new methods are put into practice. Do they reveal some underlying imperialist paradigm of racism and irresponsibility which is saying, "Just because it is not happening here doesn't mean it isn't happening"? This approach assumes that viewers' only comprehension of the atrocities is if refugees both look like "us" and have surroundings similar to "ours". Does this make us face up to the hypocrisy of our anti-discrimination? Is it a case of desperate means to an end in order to save lives?

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