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Syria's Medical and Humanitarian Nightmare: An Interview with Dr. Zaher Sahloul

Danny Postel | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Danny Postel

Since their days as medical school classmates, Bashar al-Assad and Zaher Sahloul have followed rather different paths: one became a war criminal; the other, a humanitarian advocate.

Inside One Group's Mission To Bring Assad's Regime To Justice

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with war crimes investigator Bil...

ISIS Crisis After Brussels: Obama's Approach May Yet Help Trump and Hurt Hillary

William Bradley | Posted 03.28.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The reality is that sometimes the trigger does need to be pulled. And pulled fast, too. With ISIS, Obama has been consistently late and light.

Syria's Assad Is Expendable But Regime's Survival Is Not

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Marco Vicenzino

Getting all the key players in the same room for the first time, particularly Saudi Arabia and its arch-enemy Iran, constituted a considerable diplomatic shift in dynamics. However, getting all on the same page remains a colossal, but not insurmountable, challenge.

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Ukraine's Fight Is Europe's Battle

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The confrontation in Kiev is the focus. Less discussed, Putin's Kremlin has sought to block closer economic and political ties between the EU and several other states that it dominated during the Soviet Union.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

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?

Will Syrian Christians Remain Neutral In The Face Of War?

USA Today | Stephen Starr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

ISTANBUL (RNS) A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the A...

Assad Forces Fear Syrian Rebel Rampage After U.S. Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 8 (Reuters) - It isn't the U.S. cruise missiles that terrify Saleem, a pro-government militia fighter who survived some of the toughest...

Bush's Iraq Makes Obama's Syria a Much Tougher Sell

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the president takes the country to war......

Red Lines & Deadlines: Syria (Seriously)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Sorting through the options. (Hint: There aren't any good ones.)...

Syria Strike - Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.

Syria Betrayed

Marwan Bishara | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Marwan Bishara

When it comes to Syria, Iraq and Palestine, the international community has proven to be neither international nor a community.

Syria Rebel: 'Assad Needs To Be Hit Hard'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels and activists say they fear President Bashar al-Assad's troops could r...

The Widening Gyre in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The war in Syria is part of a broader geopolitical trend. Beyond the internal partie, regional and global players with different shades of policy and self-interest make this more than a civil war; it has become an increasingly widening world war, if still only by proxy.

What You Need To Know 2 Years Into Syria's War

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

After more than two years of brutal conflict, there is no end in sight for the bloody war between the regime of President Bashar Assad and opposition ...

Opposition: 72 Found Executed & Burned In Village Near Aleppo

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

The Syrian opposition has accused government forces of having executed 72 people and burned their bodies in a village near the embattled northern city...

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

WATCH: Video Shows Stabbing And Stoning Blamed On Assad Militia

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Internet video posted by Syrian rebels appears to show fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stabbing two men to de...