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Syria's Douma Market Bloodshed: Saying 'We Told You So' Is No Comfort

Neil Sammonds | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Neil Sammonds

Sunday's airstrikes on a busy market near Damascus were devastating but not in the least surprising. Until we see movement in these areas, Amnesty International and others will continue to document such horrific war crimes -- and it gives no comfort at all to say, "We told you so."

The West Must Realize It Cannot Beat ISIS Without Also Beating Assad

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

ISIS cannot be beaten from the air while the iron lung pumping oxygen into it -- the Assad regime -- is left to do its worst. Legitimate governance -- not war -- is the ultimate cure for a Syrian illness rapidly becoming a regional and global contagion. Yet without an effective, surgical intervention of a kinetic variety, the patient has no hope of surviving.

Republican Debate Shows Delusional Sabre-Rattling Foreign Policy

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.

Turkey And The Kurds Need An Antwerp Agreement

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

The American agreement with Turkey may bring U.S. drones and bombers a thousand miles closer to ISIS targets. But in the long run, it sets the Kurds back yet again in their dream of independence. As they say in the Arabian peninsula, one should not drink poison to quench a thirst.

Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

United in Laughter: Syria's Untold Story

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Chaker Khazaal

The most influential works of art are those that connect people on a personal level. An artistic expression with powerful social or political symbolism can unite us by resonating with the thoughts, ideas, and emotions of our society.

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Left the Future of the Region Blurrier Than Ever

Shlomo Avineri | Posted 07.23.2015 | World
Shlomo Avineri

JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.

$500 Million Down the Drain in Syria, and McCain Keeps Flailing

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Quite literally, "2015 John McCain" and "2012 John McCain" have opposing views of the Syrian rebels. I hope the media remember this when Sen. McCain gets up on his soapbox in the coming days. Sen. McCain isn't prescient. He consistently contradicts his own past statements and beliefs, depending on what's happening at any particular time.

The 'Islamic State' Attacks Kuwait

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

While many facts surrounding the Imam Sadiq Mosque attack remain unknown to the public, there is much to say about the context in which Daesh targeted Kuwait and the challenges that Kuwaiti officials face in terms of thwarting future Wahhabi terrorist attacks.

Sophia Jones

The Revolution Will Be Televised, And These Syrians Are Making It Happen

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.28.2015 | World

NIZIP, Turkey -- On the Turkey-Syria border, a group of Syrians are trying to do something revolutionary. Some have traveled here from Damascus in...

U.S.-Saudi Relations Face Difficult Questions

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Despite Washington's efforts to persuade its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran would serve their long-term interests, most Gulf Arab monarchs remain far from sold.

Sophia Jones

After ISIS: Tal Abyad's Syrians Recount Life Under Extremist Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.17.2015 | World

A Syrian refugee man carries a small child after crossing into Turkey at the Akcakale border gate on June 16, 2015. AKCAKALE, Turkey -- Here at the...

Allies to US: ISIS is Not Our Problem

David Paul | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Seymour Hersh may be making his stories up out of whole cloth, but they ring true. We may think we are leading the fight against ISIS today, but none of our allies seem to be following.

Camp David, President Obama, and the Refusal to Acknowledge History and Reality

Matthew Hoh | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Courting Arab leaders precisely as they undermine U.S. objectives gets it almost exactly backward. America's failures, under both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, stem from its unwillingness to break with allies taking actions that will result in disaster.

Jessica Schulberg

AUMF Should Include Authority To Strike Assad, Says Senate Foreign Relations Chairman

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the heels of a skillfully crafted, bipartisan negotiation that facilitated the passage of an Iran nuclear oversight bill out of the S...

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

Do Sanctions Work?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Economic sanctions have long been used as a foreign policy tool, sometimes perceived as the tool of choice for nations where diplomacy has failed to yield desired results. Yet as widely used as they are, they generally fail to achieve their objectives.

The Iran Deal Is Hurting the ISIS Fight

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Last week, the Pentagon triumphantly announced that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had lost over a quarter of its Iraqi territory. But whatever happens in Iraq, the United States is not winning the ISIS fight.

Sheldon Adelson or James Baker? Who Should Drive GOP Foreign Policy?

David Paul | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the state of affairs in the Republican Party today more than the estrangement of James Baker from the Republican establishment. Nothing because, for what seems like decades, James Baker was the Republican establishment.

Assad Blames Turkey For Regime Setback As His Forces Pound Rebel-Held City

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Turkish support was the main factor that helped insurgents to seize the northwe...

Hidden Minorities, Hidden Tragedies: A Beautiful Syrian World in Trouble

Hind Kabawat | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Hind Kabawat

The crisis facing the Assyrians today is a manifestation of a profound problem in Syria. They are among a moderate Syrian Opposition, which stands against the brutal Assad regime in Damascus.

Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Says Media Is Responsible For 'Malicious Propaganda'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.30.2015 | Media

Earlier this year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons found "with a high degree of confidence" that chlorine gas had been used i...

Assad: ISIS Gaining Recruits Since U.S.-Led Air Strikes Began

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 29 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of t...

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Turkish PM: Negotiating With Assad Like Shaking Hands With Hitler

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, March 17 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday negotiating with President Bashar al-Assad would be like shaki...