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UNHRC decay needs urgent treatment

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.02.2017 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Antonio Guterres, who replaced Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general on January 1 should immediately treat the decay in the UN Human Rights Council. Th...

What Syria Needs Is A Real Political Solution

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.15.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The reconquest of Aleppo is a significant victory for the Syrian regime over the armed opposition which has now been confined to a few pockets in the east of the city. But this victory is drenched in the bitter taste of defeat.

Who Will Fight ISIS?

Bob Burnett | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's likely the US will form a new coalition to wage war on ISIS - the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What remains to be seen is who will do the heavy lifting in this coalition. Which nation will be willing to put boots on the ground?

Syria's Alawites -- Regime Hostage or Regime Partner?

James Denselow | Posted 11.18.2016 | Books
James Denselow

Hostage to the Assad Regime or partner to it is the overarching question posed by these two timely pieces of work that look into the history, society and modern political challenges of Syria's under-researched Alawite community.

Syria's Two-Body Problem

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2016 | World
John Feffer

The Syrian body politic is in the process of slow-motion dismemberment, for the head of state has lost quite a few of his extremities. Yet Assad is clinging to power in this shrunken entity, fearful of what might happen to his physical body if he should leave power, voluntarily or involuntarily.

The Trap of Islam's Eternal Conflict

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

There are many things the U.S. can do to help degrade and destroy ISIS, as President Obama claims as his goal. But letting ourselves get buried deeper into the middle of this centuries-old sectarian morass should not be one of them.

ISIS: Illusions Versus Reality

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.31.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.

The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

Alawites Under Attack: A Syrian Update

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Bashar Assad is still VERY MUCH in trouble, he does not have the strategic initiative and the human toll of both sides is mounting, but let us remember a simple demographic fact: there are MANY MORE Sunnis than Alawites.

Joshua Hersh

'He Knew That Death Was Coming': Survivors Mourn After A Massacre By Syrian Rebels | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

OBEEN, Syria -- The rebel fighters arrived in the early hours of the night, moving swiftly and aggressively from village to village across the mountai...

The Source of Assad's Staying Power

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people demonstrates the horror that the lack of American leadership could precipitate. The Obama administration failed to understand the nature of the Assad regime and its predictable conduct.

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

The Week to Week News Quiz for 9/13/13: Special Syria Edition

John Zipperer | Posted 11.13.2013 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

With the U.S. and Russia wrangling over Syria, it's time to see how closely you've been following the news with a special edition of our Week to Week news quiz.

Bad News for America: Religion Enflames the Syrian Civil War

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

We Americans tend to think of most wars in terms of our own Revolution. There is an oppressive ruler. There are an oppressed people. The people yearn for greater freedom and democracy for all. The oppressive ruler must fall so that a brighter day may dawn. If only it were true.

Boy, Are We Naive

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Do you expect the next headline concerning sectarian differences in Iraq and/or Syria to read, "Islamic factions decide to reject violence and to support and to love their fellow citizens?" No? I don't see why not.

Symbolic Wars

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The United States of America should never wage a war unless it intends to win it. This week we are considering waging a war in Syria without any intention of winning that war or even ending it.

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

The Dangers of Providing Military Support to the Free Syrian Army

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The issues surrounding political change in Syria are multifaceted and much more intricate than is being reported in the western media, yet the conflict continues to be painted in simplistic black and white terms.

Turkey and Russia: Key Countries to a Solution in Syria

Harun Yahya | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

A solution in Syria can be found through sound mediation by Turkey and Russia, both of which know the country best, which are trusted and have enjoyed bilateral relations with it for many years.

Humanitarian Disaster and Political Illusion

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Certainly, a practical solution to the crisis in Syria would require full cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, but considering the unfolding horror in Syria, neither the U.S. nor Russia can now piece together a political solution that will satisfy all players.

Losing Faith in the West, Finding it in Islam -- the New Face of Syria's Civil War

Olly Lambert | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Olly Lambert

As the death toll mounts and the West struggles to decide what to do, ordinary Syrians like Ahmad are looking to other powers to give them the weapons or simply the courage they crave. Perhaps after two years, Bashar al-Assad is finally getting the war he always wanted.

The Brave New World of 'Syrianization'

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The battle for Syria demonstrates that what started as a peaceful call for change can lead to the disintegration of an entire country, and creation of a new geopolitical reality. If it can happen in Syria, it can and will certainly happen elsewhere.

Syria: Where's George When You Need Him?

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

A bad guy in body armor is a bad guy who's harder to kill. Humanitarian items that are unmonitored get traded for currency spent on weapons. No aid is really "non-lethal." Who are these people we are proposing to help?

What Will Post-Assad Syria Look Like?

Rajan Menon | Posted 02.15.2013 | World
Rajan Menon

The United States is now working to shape post-Assad Syria. But as many insurgents see it, Washington, having stood by watching the carnage, now presumes that it can decide which Syrian groups are legitimate and which are not.