Bashar Assad

The US president is campaigning as a peacemaker, and last week ran Facebook ads bragging about his nomination for the "Noble Peace Prize."
Trump is weighing options, and the White House says they’re all on the table.
“At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria.”
A renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing nearly 200 people.
The world must be dealt with how it is, not how we might like it to be. We are a civilisation seeking peace but swimming in chaos.
The real victims have been the Syrian people who rose up six years ago to gain their basic freedom and right to political participation. So will they be allowed to exit this dark tunnel, and are we witnessing a tipping point?
No, Syria is not 'fine', and its people are not 'in a good place'. Yet Syrians' resilience and desire to resolve this conflict endure. Let this be the year a serious effort is made to end this conflict, and I fervently look forward to not having to mark another grim 'anniversary' in a year's time.
Barely a month after inauguration, then, and the meaning of 'fake news' has lost any real relationship with identifying what's true and what's not. The phrase, along with the agenda, has been co-opted almost completely. It's now all about the exercise of power, clear and simple.
We should believe that there is no such a thing as eternal happiness - or struggle. The things we tend to take for granted
It appears that foreign powers, including those with the most appalling human rights records, can demand that passports of their citizens can be confiscated by foreign powers. The question is why is the British government going along with this? Amazingly enough despite all the heated condemnatory language, the British government has done just that on behalf of the Assad regime.