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The Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA), based in the breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia, and not recognized internationally, regularly posts Internet footage circulated by the Syrian army meant to glorify Bashar Al-Assad.

Le Monde has posted a recent ANNA sequence filmed from loyalists tanks that show the city of Araya (in the suburbs of Damascus) in ruins. Clearly oriented in favor of the regime, these sequences attempt to show the opposition Syrian Free Army as “terrorists” whose tactic is to “lay down mines and destroy the city.” Still one clearly sees the tanks shooting around freely toward the few standing buildings left.

Most of all, this is a raw document of a city destroyed.

Here is the video:


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When Friends "Break Up" — The Psychological Damage After Friendships End

Society sees friendships as far less important than love and life partnerships. But psychologists warn that the end of a close friendship can leave the "grieving" side in need of therapy.

The end of friendships can lead to heartbreak and grief like with any other relationship.

Paula Galinsky

BUENOS AIRES — It was Wednesday and Sofía, a 31-year-old woman living in Buenos Aires, was having a good day. She'd had a productive work meeting in the morning and her usual gym class in the afternoon. But as she walked home listening to music in her earphones, she felt an acute pain, first in her chest, then throat.

It wasn't a heart attack, but she panicked and began to cry. What prompted the reaction, she realized later, was the music she had just heard: a song that brought back teenage memories of a former friend. Sofía told her therapist the next day that the end of the friendship had upset her greatly, and until that moment had suppressed the grief.

The friend hadn't died, there had been no fight or exchange of ugly words, but the two had drifted apart, irreversibly, Sofía felt. None of this, she told the psychologist, made it any less troubling or hurtful.

The song that had triggered her anxiety was 11 y 6 by Argentine Fito Páez. It took Sofía back to her 16th birthday, which she spent with her friend. That girl "was" her teenage years, she explained and without her "a big part of what we lived together now is gone."

The end of a strong friendship causes bona fide grief, even if it is often ignored. More and more specialists believe that it needs to be processed, and perhaps treated, like one would the end of a love affair or partnership.

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