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We the friends of (all) Syrian people

The outcome of the first Friends of Syria summit in Tunis this weekend has not not thrown up the type of results we had envisaged or indeed hoped. Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Qatar and the Syrian opposition have called for a military intervention, while the Western countries and Turkey have advocated more humanitarian aid plus sanctions against the Bashar El Assad’s regime. The Friends of Syria Conference in Tunis lead by US Secretary of States Hillary Clinton was attended by all  Arab countries and Western Foreign Ministers.

Carl Bildt, the current Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Club de Madrid member, tweeted a very interesting point raised during the course of the summit: “Professor Ghalioun of the Syrian National Council spoke of a new Syria for all – a home also for Alawites, Kurds, Christians and others.” He was speaking of the leader of the Syrian National Council, an opposition group which the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alain Juppé, has recognized as a legitimate interlocutor.

We welcome these pronouncements from the Syrian opposition and look forward to hearing many more of the same tune in the near future. We wish to express our solidarity with the Syrian National Council in their struggle against the despotic Bashar al Assad.

Please find further information on The Syrian National Council & the latest round of European Union sanctions on Syria approved today!

“The world faces a massive jobs challenge…”

This week, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said the world must create 600m new jobs over the next decade to address the global jobs crisis“. That’s an onerous task that collectively we face! This week The Guardian hosted a podcast in light of the ILO’s pronouncement, featuring a panel composed of John Vidal, The Guardian’s environment editor; Adam Hanieh, a lecturer in development at SOAS focusing on labour markets and globalisation; Heike Harmgart, a senior regional economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Hania Sholkamy, an Egyptian economist at the American University of Cairo specialising in health and gender issues; young people in Tunis and Larry Elliott, The Guardian’s economics editor.

The round table debate focusses upon on Tunisia, Egypt and the Arab Spring.

You can find the podcast here.

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