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Democratic Convention: Bernie, the Kurds and Lack of Moral Clarity on Syria

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Amidst crass U.S. foreign policy and a lack of moral consistency on the Syrian conflict, what can we expect from the upcoming Democratic Convention? ...

Explaining The Istanbul Bombing: Turkey's Six Foreign Policy Sins

The Conversation US | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
The Conversation US

The attack overshadowed two major headline events. Both these events, ironically, had to do with Turkey attempting to change course on policies that may well have opened the door to the airport bombing.

A Syrian call to Europe for help

Hind Kabawat | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
Hind Kabawat

Last month, along with my colleagues in the Syrian opposition, we made an official visit to Rome for a series of high profile meetings with the Italia...

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.

The Race to Raqqa: The Next Russian-American Proxy Battle?

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

A bombed out street in Raqqa, Spring 2016 The war against the Islamic State (IS) is about to enter a new, possibly decisive phase. For the first time...

Over 140 Killed By Bomb Blasts In Syrian Cities

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 05.23.2016 | World

BEIRUT, May 23 (Reuters) - Bombs killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday in t...

Aleppo and Mosul: A Tale of Two Cities

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Bombed out street in Aleppo As the crow flies Aleppo and Mosul are little more than 300 miles apart. They mark, roughly, the western and eastern edg...

Inside The World's Most Dangerous City: The Syrians Who Remained In Aleppo

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.12.2016 | World

Five years of near-continuous violence have pushed hundreds of thousands of people to flee Syria's largest city, but not all of Aleppo's residents hav...

Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

ISIS's Revenues include Sales of Oil to the al-Assad Regime

Anne Speckhard | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

ISIS defectors we have been interviewing in our ISIS Defectors Interview Project have been telling us that one of the many reasons that they became disenchanted with ISIS was that their leaders were directly negotiating and selling oil to their enemy, Bashar al-Assad.

Activists Hunt For Syrian Government Thugs Who Fled To Europe

News Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.28.2016 | World

Independent journalists and volunteer activists have launched an online hunt to track down and expose former militiamen accused of committing crimes d...

Syria Waits As Assad Weighs His Options

Brian Dooley | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

Given the mountains of evidence documenting his crimes, maybe Assad thinks his one remaining chance of political and perhaps even physical survival is to win the conflict outright so he can avoid facing justice.

Assad, Beware of the Long Arm of Justice

Widney Brown | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Widney Brown

Intentionally cutting off humanitarian aid is a war crime. Add that to the staggeringly long list of war crimes committed in Syria -- unspeakable violations of what are universally considered the laws of armed conflict.

Syria Holds Parliamentary Elections In 'Flimsy Facade Of Democracy'

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.13.2016 | World

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of su...

American Freelance Photographer Freed In Syria

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.08.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia played a role in the release of an American citizen held bySyrian authorities and the United States has had "periodic co...

Assad's Sham Election

Anonymous | Posted 04.04.2016 | World

Supporters of Syria's Assad invariably rely on the 2014 Presidential "elections" as the cornerstone of the regime's legitimacy. But the truth is that, like all previous elections under the Assad family's control, the 2014 "elections" and Assad's "victory" were rigged and illegitimate.

Death Toll From East Damascus Air Strikes Rises To More Than 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.01.2016 | World

BEIRUT, April 1 (Reuters) - The death toll from air strikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus has risen to more than 30, mostly wom...

Genocide by 'Joint Criminal Enterprise'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The "Genocide Convention," to which the U.S. is party, carries with it the affirmative obligation to confront the crime while still ongoing and not just to punish the perpetrators after the fact.

The U.S. Government Finally Admitted ISIS Is Committing Genocide. Yet a Complacent World Risks Repeating the Tragedy of 1994.

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Michael Shammas

Three years ago, as I sat in a cozy coffee shop writing a Huffington Post entry on the Syrian Civil War that remains depressingly relevant today, peop...

Five Years Into Syria's Crisis, Riyadh Remains Vindicated

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 03.18.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Since the beginning of the crisis, Riyadh has maintained that this regime is murderous and brutal and that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go -- either via negotiations or through military means, if lasting peace is to be achieved.

This War Makes Me Ask: Am I Capable of Killing?

Global Voices | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
Global Voices

At a very early stage I had to rethink the answers to many violent questions: Am I a murderer? Am I capable of killing? Do I want to kill?

Will Russian Withdrawal Mean a Federal Syria or More War?

Joe Lauria | Posted 03.15.2016 | World
Joe Lauria

Putin's move has led to widespread speculation. Perhaps he has made a deal with the U.S., a grand bargain of sorts. Maybe Washington has offered a major concession on Ukraine, something President Barack Obama may gladly concede given what a disaster the U.S. adventure in that country has become.

Five Years on, We Must Focus on the Victims of Syria's Atrocities

David Crane | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
David Crane

While peace and post-conflict efforts are in their infant stages, the international community must begin thinking about redress for Syrian civilians when the fighting ends. The people of Syria must not feel that they are alone in their suffering, and it is incumbent on those who value the rule of law to stand up and pledge that some day justice will be done. After all, noncombatants in this conflict have endured some of the most horrific atrocities the civilized world has ever witnessed.

Moral Hazard and Intervention in the Syrian Civil War

Daniel Paul-Schultz | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Daniel Paul-Schultz

Moral hazard is real, and it has significant implications for our policies toward international intervention that must be acknowledged and addressed. First and foremost, threatening intervention if a regime crosses a 'red line' may exacerbate the moral hazard problem as it effectively gives rebels a target to achieve if their aim is international assistance.

Nanny Accused Of Beheading Child Says It Was To Avenge Muslims Killed In Syrian Airstrikes

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.03.2016 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A woman suspected of beheading a child in her care before brandishing the severed head outside a Moscow metro station has said she ...