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    Golan Heights

    Golan Heights

    Irish troops serving with the UN in the Golan Heights are on "high alert" after rebels, including Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, seized the Syrian side of the sole crossing to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights today. There are three Irish soldiers stationed close to where the activity took place. Sean was joined by security analyst, Dr. Tom Clonan.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0828/639862-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-28-august-2014/?clipid=1660461
    Syrian Elections

    Syrian Elections

    Last August it seemed like the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was terminally wounded. After using the nerve gas sarin to kill hundreds of civilians it seemed his days were very definitely numbered. However this week Assad won a presidential election with 89% of the vote. There was never any doubt that he would win. So why organise an election in the midst of a civil war at all? Dr Vincent Durac of the School of Politics and International Relations in UCD, and by phone from London by Shashank Joshi, a Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/marian-finucane/programmes/2014/0608/622349-marian-finucane-sunday-8-june-2014/?clipid=1595526
    Syria

    Syria

    Tens of thousands of people are on the brink of starvation in Syria, twenty thousand of them in the disputed Damascus suburb of Yarmouk. Food has been scarce in Yarmouk since the beginning of the year but conditions have dramatically worsened recently after the regime blocked food supplies in an attempt to force rebel groups inside to surrender. The Guardian’s Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov spoke to Sean from Beirut.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0422/610241-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-22-april-2014/?clipid=1538995
    Lebanon

    Lebanon

    As the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict passes without any sign of a resolution, the humanitarian difficulties for those Syrian refugees who have fled the country deepen.  All this week, our reporter Brian O’Connell has been based in Lebanon examining the issues many refugees face in unofficial camps along the Syrian border, and looking at the work aid agency UNICEF are doing to help alleviate the crisis. Last night Brian sent us this report from the Bekka Valley in eastern Lebanon.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0319/603192-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-19-march-2014/?clipid=1513037

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