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Talal Alyan
Talal Alyan is a Palestinian-American writer based in New York.

Entries by Talal Alyan

The Death of Palestine: Two Years of Siege in Yarmouk

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 2:08 PM

On December 16, two years ago, there was a rumbling in the skies above the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. It was the roar of Bashar al Assad's MiG fighter jets. In a glimpse of what would eventually become commonplace, the aerial bombing targeted a hospital, a mosque...

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The Perverse Puritans: Jabhat al Nusra's Harassment of Yarmouk

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:31 PM

The only consistency about Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, is its unrelenting descent into anguish. The refugee camp has been under siege by the Syrian regime and its proxies for more than 440 days. Water has been cut off entirely for over a month in a...

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The Orphaned Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 3:03 PM

"If the protests were as large as it's said they are, they would have already taken Damascus."

These were the first indications that what was happening in Syria would not be accepted or regarded as the other Arab uprisings had been. There was always a peculiar insistence on categorizing...

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Peter Beinart and the Open Zion Venture

(7) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:09 PM

It is a wonder what is going on in Peter Beinart's mind right now. Having announced the impending closure of Open Zion, the blog he edits on The Daily Beast site, it is hard to imagine that he considers the project to have been a success. The comment...

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Shell Shocked and Rouged: Syria Is Not a Disposable Bride

(10) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 1:07 PM

It took the prospect of a Western response to chemical massacre to provoke notice of Syria. And when the gates opened, it seemed as though everyone had brushed the dust off their old slogan from the Iraq war and recycled them for Syria.

"Hands off Syria" is the mantra. But...

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