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Syria's Two-Body Problem

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2015 | 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.

A Balance Sheet on Tarek Aziz

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Tarek Aziz is gone and so are all senior Iraqi officials who might had served as an effective bridge between pre-2003 and post-Saddam Iraq.

Free Authoritative Journalism Must Be Upheld In Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Many journalists lost their lives as they pursued their noble profession that often placed them in harm's way every time their reporting caused some discomfort for a political or militant group.

Syria: The Way Forward, Without Illusions

James Zogby | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
James Zogby

It should be clear after four bloody years in Syria that if we are to make any progress moving forward, it is necessary to shed illusions and fantasies that have shaped too much of the discussion about the conflict.

The Strange Irony Hidden Among The Highest Ranks Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

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.

The United States Needs to Stay Out of Syria

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Anyone who believes limited strikes will not escalate into larger scale commitment is underestimating the complexity of the conflict. And besides, the United States isn't even committed to a regime change.

Report: 65 Found Shot Dead With Hands Bound In Aleppo

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | World

By Alexander Dziadosz and Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Jan 29 (Reuters) - At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in t...

U.N. Draws Up List Of Syrian War Crimes Suspects

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2012 | World

* Investigators update secret list of alleged perpetrators * Welcomes calls for Security Council to refer Syria to ICC *...

Car Bomb Blasts Damascus Suburb

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2012 | World

(Adds background) AMMAN, Sept 3 (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded on Monday in a religiously mixed district on the edge of the Syrian ca...

Syrian Prime Minister Defects After 2 Months In Post

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab has defected to the opposition seeking to overthrow President ...

Backing Into World War III?

Sean Stone | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Sean Stone

In the process of such diplomatic engagement, is it not possible that we make peace with the Iranian regime through a commonality of purpose and an exchanging of ideas?

Senators Say U.S. Should Arm Syria Rebels

nytimes.com | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 02.19.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — With the Syrian government continuing its deadly crackdown on its citizens, two senior American senators who were on their way ...

Syria's New Constitution: Too Little, Too Late

Sami Moubayed | Posted 04.15.2012 | World
Sami Moubayed

The new constitution will not solve the country's political, security and economic problems. It does, however, lay the groundwork for a democratic platform that can be used to stage upcoming parliamentary elections -- and possibly -- early presidential ones.

Writing a New Syrian Constitution

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Sami Moubayed

Ask anybody in the Syrian opposition or intelligentsia about political change in Syria, and they would say that Article 8 of the constitution needs to be removed immediately in order for people to start taking the government's reform promises seriously.

When the Baathists Read Their History

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.02.2011 | World
Sami Moubayed

The pre-Baath era in Syria is generally acknowledged by most people as the "golden era" of Syrian democracy. Even radical Baathists who refused to admit that in the past now nod affirmatively when such a bold statement is made.

The Road to Syrian Democracy

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Sami Moubayed

The new political party law in Syria is very important, but has been overshadowed by news of street demonstrations, violence, refugees fleeing to Turkey, and military intervention in different Syrian cities.

Watch: Suspicion in the Case of Missing Syrian Blogger

Posted 08.08.2011 | World

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Syrians Flee Town Where Scores Of Security Men Died As Troops Approach

Posted 08.08.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Syrians fled a restive town toward the Turkish border, fearing bloodshed as troops with tanks approached, under orders to hit back after t...

Syrian Forces Reportedly Open Fire On Protesters

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 06.18.2011 | World

April 19, 2011 12:34:33 AM By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, April 19 (Reuters) - Syrian forces fired shots at hundreds of protesters who had gather...

Averting a Damascene Blood Bath

James Denselow | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
James Denselow

Syria has spent much of the past six years trying to escape the international isolation led by the US and will be loath to face a fresh European-led economic/diplomatic boycott that is supported by all the main players in the EU.

Syria-Sly Mr. President, Turn the Heat Up on Assad

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.10.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If Obama could declare it was time for Gaddafi and Mubarak to go, the latest violence throughout Syria compels the White House to issue the same demand on Assad, with policy prescriptions to back that demand up.

Keep Your Eyes on Syria

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

While world attention was fixed on the crusading drama in relatively unimportant Libya, the biggest, and most ominous bang last week came from Syria, ...

Security Forces In Syria Kill At Least 6 People

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

March 23, 2011 2:33:28 AM By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS, March 23 (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least six people on Wednesday in an atta...