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Choc’s away!

BAE Systems jumped four points at start of trading, just hours after its Tornado jets left UK bases in Cyprus to bomb Omar oilfields.

Arms manufacturers stocks soar after UK decision to join Syria bombing (CommonSpace)

Avon Barksdale writes:

I wonder how many British MPs had investments….




As British MPS debate the use of air strikes on ISIS rebels in Syria….

Fourty-eight per cent of voters now back Cameron’s proposal to bomb Isis in Syria, a drop from 59 per cent before the prime minister addressed parliament last week.

The number of people opposed to the idea of airstrikes has also since grown considerably from 20 per cent to 31 per cent, while 21 per cent say they are still undecided.


Syria air strikes: Public support falls as Parliament prepares to vote (Independent.co.uk)

Montage via John Paul Watson


The motion to bomb Syria which British MPs will vote on at 10pm tomorrow.

Jeremy Corbyn allies: MPs to blame for UK terror attacks if they back Syria air strikes – live (The Telegraph)

Via Kevin Schofield


Damage at a site hit by what activists said were Russian air strikes in the town of Ariha, Syria yesterday.

Syria airstrikes: Jeremy Corbyn gives Labour MPs free vote (Independent.co.uk)


Vocally wayward actor Aiden Gillen speaks out on behalf of Goal using the words of Abdullah Kurdi, the father of the drowned Syrian boy who was photographed lying lifeless on a Turkish beach .


Earlier: Free On Sunday?

Economist David McWilliams


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Give him a shovel and he might complete a ghost estate.

David McDreamy writes:

My daughter suggested that maybe a good thing would be to give the Syrians the tools to complete these houses that were half-built. This doesn’t sound preposterous. After all, Japanese women rebuilt much of urban Japan with rudimentary tools after the Second World War…

Let the homeless refugees breathe new life into our ghost estates (David McWilliams)

Earlier: A Spin Out Of Crisis

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 Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir

The Telegraph reports:

“Ten thousand Icelanders have offered to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes, as part of a Facebook campaign launched by a prominent author after the government said it would take in only a handful.”

“After the Icelandic government announced last month that it would only accept 50 humanitarian refugees from Syria, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir encouraged fellow citizens to speak out in favour of those in need of asylum. In the space of 24 hours, 10,000 Icelanders – the country’s population is 300,000 – took to Facebook to offer up their homes and urge their government to do more.”

Fair play, in fairness.

10,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees after author’s call (The Telegraph)

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

Pic: Icelandic Academy of Arts

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Hama, Syria

Garsehole writes:

IS getting DFA from Syrian Air Force. Ringsend-based food truckers Molloy & Sherry container under attack…..

9037350490373512Doireann Gilna, left, and Ruchika Mathur from Oxfam Ireland

Last night.

The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin

Mark writes:

Campaigners from Oxfam Ireland held a vigil of light last night  as part of the global #WithSyria event to show solidarity with Syrians and to mark this weekend as the fourth anniversary of the start of the conflict, which has claimed more than 200,000 lives and seen 11 million people flee their homes.

The campaigners are calling on the international community to boost the humanitarian response, do more to prevent attacks on civilians and prioritise a political solution. Oxfam is providing emergency aid to nearly 1.5 million people in the region, including clean drinking water, cash and relief materials, such as blankets, stoves and hygiene supplies.

Oxfam Ireland

Syria: Four Years Of Mayhem (New York Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)


It’s reported that Major Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, an F-16 pilot, led the air strike missions on ISIS.

Fox News had its own take on the fact that a woman led the attack.




Pic: AFP