History UsefulNotes / Syria

17th Nov '17 10:59:44 AM Smeagol17
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Influenced by the UsefulNotes/ArabSpring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5 million people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.

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Influenced by the UsefulNotes/ArabSpring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half a quarter of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5 million people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.
13th Oct '17 12:54:26 PM JackTheHammer
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* A two-part episode in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' season 3 involves a dirty bomb set up somewhere in New York. One of the suspects Castle follows a lead on is a Syrian intelligence agent working out of Syria's embassy. [[RedHerring He's not the culprit]].



* ''Eddy'' - A 2015 RippedFromTheHeadlines [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Italian]] short film about a volunteer who goes to Syria to take care of the war victims. Massive TearJerker follows. Declared "Official Human Rights Movie 2015" by the Council of Europe.
* ''Phantom'' - A 2015 also RippedFromTheHeadlines [[UsefulNotes/{{India}} Indian]] film about the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Infamous due to an incident during production when the filmmakers built a set for Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, which [[PoesLaw the Lebanese government thought was a real militia camp]].

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* Syrian settings with plotlines that are RippedFromTheHeadlines began appearing in media starting in [[TheNewTens the mid-2010s]] after the establishment of ISIS, and the escalation of the Syrian Civil War after Russian forces openly allied with the Syrian Arab Army:
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''Eddy'' - A 2015 RippedFromTheHeadlines [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Italian]] short film about a volunteer who goes to Syria to take care of the war victims. Massive TearJerker follows. Declared "Official Human Rights Movie 2015" by the Council of Europe.
* ** ''Phantom'' - A 2015 also RippedFromTheHeadlines [[UsefulNotes/{{India}} Indian]] film about the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Infamous due to an incident during production when the filmmakers built a set for Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, which [[PoesLaw the Lebanese government thought was a real militia camp]].camp]].
** ''Series/TheBrave'' - The show's first episode is about attempting to rescue a kidnapped American aid worker in Damascus from the al-Nusra Front, complete with an {{Expy}} of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (never mind in RealLife that Baghdadi is the leader of ISIS, and al-Nusra despises him for breaking away from al-Qaida).
** ''Series/SEALTeam'' - The second episode goes to Syria as the SEAL team is dispatched to acquire physical evidence of a chemical weapons plant the Syrian regime is illegally running.
7th Oct '17 5:47:33 AM FFShinra
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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5 million people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.

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Influenced by the Arab spring, UsefulNotes/ArabSpring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5 million people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.
23rd Aug '17 4:23:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Freaking'' Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].

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* ''Freaking'' Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode [[SuddenlyEthnicity Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].
23rd Aug '17 4:18:51 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[RunningGag To stress out what has been said for other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia wass ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.

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[[RunningGag To stress out what has been said for other Muslim-majority countries in Western Asia]], Syria is ''NOT'' all desert. The country/region did give its name to the titular rocky desert with little dunes which cover the Levant, but it only covers the northern and eastern part. The Mediterranean coast region is like, well, [[ShapedLikeItself other Mediterranean coast regions]], be it in Italy, Croatia, or Spain (there's a reason that "Mediterranean climate" classification exists). It has a lot of beautiful beaches; in fact, the port city of Latakia wass ''the'' tourist hotspot of the country before the Civil War. The coast is bounded by a series of mountain ranges, a continuation of the Mount Lebanon range from the south, separating the fertile coast with the dry interior. Damascus is, contrary to popular depictions, not built in the desert, but in a fertile land near another mountain range called the Anti-Lebanon, which contains Mount Hermon (the one where the fallen angels were banished in [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]]). Near it is the contested Golan Heights, which, [[RunningGag [[TheMountainsOfIllinois contrary to]] ''[[Film/LeftBehind2000 Left Behind]]'', ''Film/{{Left Behind|2000}}'', is ''very'' fertile and hilly. Most of the largest cities are built in these fertile highlands; the only one that isn't is Deir ez-Zor, which is indeed built in the middle of the desert.
23rd Aug '17 9:46:22 AM GrammarNavi
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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] controlled nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Syria has been a [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Russian]] ally as far back as the SovietUnion, [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], serving as a surrogate in both the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. It assisted UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}} in waging several wars with UsefulNotes/{{Israel}}, and unlike Egypt, there is no ceasefire to be had between Israel and Syria. In fact, Israel destroyed what may have been a [[UsefulNotes/NorthKorea North Korean]] controlled nuclear reactor in 2008 and has occupied the Golan Heights (Syrian territory) since 1967. On account of its strategic alliance with UsefulNotes/{{Iran}}, it is widely believed to be a state sponsor of terrorism.
1st Jun '17 3:27:28 AM jormis29
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* Teri Hatcher - US actress, famous for starring in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. You may also know her as the voice of the [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Other Mother]]. Part-Syrian.

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* Teri Hatcher Creator/TeriHatcher - US actress, famous for starring in ''Series/DesperateHousewives''. You may also know her as the voice of the [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} Other Mother]]. Part-Syrian.
6th May '17 7:30:09 PM CosmicFerret
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* Shannon Elizabeth - US actress, best known for starring in ''Film/AmericanPie''. Born to a Syrian-Lebanese Christian father.

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* Shannon Elizabeth Creator/ShannonElizabeth - US actress, best known for starring in ''Film/AmericanPie''. Born to a Syrian-Lebanese Christian father.
18th Jan '17 10:31:25 AM Smeagol17
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* ''Freaking'' [[UsefulNotes/{{SteveJobs}} Steve Jobs]] - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].

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* ''Freaking'' [[UsefulNotes/{{SteveJobs}} Steve Jobs]] Creator/SteveJobs - [[SincerityMode Yes]], '''him'''. Co-founder and former CEO of UsefulNotes/AppleMacintosh, the largest shareholder of UsefulNotes/{{Disney}}, former CEO of UsefulNotes/{{Pixar}}, and possibly one of the most famous figure in of the computer and entertainment businesses in the world. Born to a Syrian Muslim father who emigrated to the US, but didn't know it until [[LukeIAmYourFather much, much later]]. Though of course, [[ItWasHisSled everyone already knew this by now]].
1st Oct '16 2:26:34 PM moloch
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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' million people, which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon while many more live in a war zone every day.

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Influenced by the Arab spring, massive protests began mid-March 2011, and later escalated into an armed uprising and (by the summer of 2012) full-fledged CivilWar. The war is ongoing, and has killed more than 300,000 people. If you want any testimony in today's world that WarIsHell, look no further than Syria. A lot of the rebel groups have connections to terrorist organizations (including Al-Qaeda), while ''someone'' (nobody can agree who) used chemical weapons to attack rebels and civilians, which is clearly in violation of international law. Debate over what, if anything, can be done about this has become very heated, and there isn't an easy answer. Meanwhile, millions of Syrians have fled the country, sparking the largest refugee crisis the world has experienced up until now, (nearly half of the 22 million-population now lives outside of the country, that's about ''4.5'' 5 million people, people'', which is more than the total population of neighboring Lebanon Lebanon; while many more live in a war zone every day.
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