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In a sad farewell note to the country he spent a long time covering, reporter Patrick Cockburn describes how ordinary Syrians struggle to survive amid a seemingly interminable civil war stoked by foreign governments pursuing their own interests.

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt's military rulers have "begun acting stupidly." Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama's immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt's military rulers have "begun acting stupidly" Also: 56 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama's immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health careThis week on Truthdig Radio: Juan Cole says Egypt's military rulers have "begun acting stupidly.

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Despite news of the Syrian government's acceptance of a peace plan brought in by special envoy Kofi Annan a day before, by Wednesday it was clear that those headlines didn't mean much in the way of actual progress in Syria.

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On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signaled a shift in his country's position vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria, indicating that Russia may be willing to cooperate more with the U.N. Security Council's proposed plan, but with some stipulations.

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