WATCH: Pro-EU rally held in Edinburgh after Brexit vote

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Thousands attend pro-EU rally in Edinburgh, June 29 2016.

Pro-EU rally gets underway in Edinburgh, June 29 2016.

EDINBURGH, Scotland: A pro-EU rally was attended by thousands in Edinburgh on Wednesday evening outside the Scottish Parliament (see video below).

The demonstration, organised by the Young European Movement (YEM) Edinburgh, comes less than a week after the UK voted to leave the European Union, 52% to 48%.

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Aamer’s Story: A Syrian in Scotland (Part Two)

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To understand Aamer’s journey you have to consider what he left behind.

After he told me his story of how he went from Homs to Edinburgh I decided to ask his opinion on some of  the wider issues surrounding the exodus from his country.

I had argued in a previous post that I found the UK parliament’s decision to bomb ISIS in Syria nonsensical, especially given that the vast amount of causalities in Syria have been caused by the regime.

Aamer had joined the Syrian Revolution from its birth, when it was a protest of a people against their government and not the quagmire that exists today.

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The UK’s Story: A tale of lessons unlearned

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The UK is going to war again. When is it ever not at war?

The House of Commons voted 397-223 to join France, Russia, the US, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar (and Assad) in bombing Syria tonight.

The result was expected. The margin less so.

It is a tale all too familiar in our recent foreign policy ventures in the Middle East.

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My Story: Or how it being mandatory for my course means I’ll be keeping a blog

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Welcome to eyeingthenews.2

A first attempt at setting up this blog as a media monitor has been thrown under the bus – as much as I would like people to listen to my opinion on everything it’s a bit more realistic to focus this blog around something I know, and care about.

Six years ago I spent six months living in Damascus, Syria, as part of my Arabic undergraduate degree. I fell in love.

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