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Why Triumphant Jihadis in Iraq Will Join Assad to Crush Opposition in Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIL stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's second-largest city. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIL as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

Syrian President Assad Sworn In For Third Term

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising h...

Tyrants on Television

Gary Burge | Posted 07.16.2014 | Media
Gary Burge

Tyrant is trading in gross stereotypes. Watching this show begins to shape your understanding of Arab society: volatile, poor, angry, and brutal -- and led by crazed rulers who lavish money on themselves, rape women (regularly), and kill anyone in their way.

Perfect Friendship

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The only conclusion one can draw from the foregoing is that war makes strange bedfellows. How they'll all feel when they wake up in the morning we'll find out if that ever happens.

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

Thousands Of Iraqi Fighters Abandon Assad For Battles At Home

AP | ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

On Felections (Fake Elections), Pan Arab Anthems, and a False Sense of Achievement

Sara Obeidat | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Sara Obeidat

Our outdated poems and literary texts emphasizing Arab unity are harming us more than influencing us at this stage, for they keep the hope or impression of an idea as being alive when in reality our leaders have killed those ideas off a long time ago with their foreign policies.

The Clever, 'Democratically Supported,' Bloodthirsty Tyrant

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To be blunt, Syria's presidential contest is indeed incredibly insulting to anyone who can legitimately call himself or herself a democrat. Yet the voting that the Syrian National Coalition has called a "blood election" is an integral part of Assad's strategy for the war.

Speaker: Assad Wins Syria's Presidential Election

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 06.05.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has been re-elected in a landslide, officials said Wednesday, capturing another seven-year term...

Facebook Under Fire For Running Ads Promoting Syrian Dictator

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 06.04.2014 | Technology

Facebook has terminated an ad campaign sponsored by a group that advocates for the re-election of Syrian Dictator Bashar Al-Assad. Now, an activist gr...

Obama Believes The Situation In Syria Has Deteriorated

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believes the situation in Syria has deteriorated but the hand of the mode...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrians Flood Embassy In Lebanon To Cast Ballots For Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

YARZE, Lebanon -- They partied their way up the 10-kilometer hill toward the Syrian Embassy, waving flags and posters in the oppressive heat. They dod...

Obama Administration Nears Decision On Training Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would signif...

Mortar Hits Pro-Assad Election Rally

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In the first attack to target a campaign event, a mortar shell slammed into a tent packed with supporters of President Bashar Assad, k...

Sophia Jones

120 9th Graders Leave Besieged Palestinian Refugee Camp In Syria To Take Exams

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

CAIRO -- Over 100 Palestinian 9th graders were able to leave a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital on Sunday to do the seemingly impossible: t...

The Importance of Vision

James Zogby | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Looking 100 years down the road, I can see an Arab boy from Amman marrying an Israeli girl from Tel Aviv and taking a job and settling down in the suburbs of Damascus. What I mean is that I envision a region at peace with itself.

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

Syria Begins Presidential Election Campaigns Amid Devastating War

AP | By ALBERT AJI | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — On billboards and in posters taped to car windows, new portraits of President Bashar Assad filled the streets of Damascus on ...

Kerry as Churchill

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

While commentators grow impatient with Kerry's Churchillian warnings about the consequences of failure in the Middle East peace process, the world might sadly witness how right Kerry is.

MANPADS to Syria Rebels: Good or Bad Idea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The query for President Obama on this subject is the same as it's always been: whether the benefits of sending MANPADS to Syria's moderate rebel battalions is worth the potential costs.

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Syria to Be Referred to ICC? Not a Chance

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the United Nations Security Council has been underperforming or underachieving on the Syria file would be a colossal understatement. The Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad is now in its fourth year -- the four deadliest years in Syria's modern history.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.