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Defectors Reportedly Kill Syrian Soldiers In Ambush

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

Syrian government forces killed dozens of people in the northern city of Idlib, dumping their bodies in a mosque, while some 22 soldiers died in two s...

Are Human Rights Really a UN Priority?

Lilac Sigan | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Lilac Sigan

Sadly, it seems that the awful suffering of the Syrian people is not necessarily relevant to the UN's practical decisions, or to the real interests it is driven by. The question, this being the case, is how relevant the UN's existence is to our world's real needs.

Kofi Annan Says Syria Mission On Track

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | World

By Alistair Lyon BEIRUT, March 12 (Reuters) - U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan feels his Syria mediation mission is on track even th...

Former U.N. Chief Concludes Syria Talks

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

* Former UN chief says he remains optimistic * Syrian forces pursue drive against rebels in northwest * Clinton to meet ...

Stopping Syria's Descent Into Hell

James Zogby | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
James Zogby

As the situation continues to spiral out of control, adult supervision is desperately needed. And this is a role that the U.S. (with the Arab League and Turkey) and Russia and China can attempt to play.

72 Hours Under Fire

Arwa Damon | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Arwa Damon

2012-03-09-arwaScreenshot20120309at4.45.36PM.jpgWhat is happening inside Syria is unlike any conflict I've covered in my career.

Joshua Hersh

Syria Uprising Gets A Hearty Embrace At Pro-Israel AIPAC Conference | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.08.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- At this week's conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the recent changes taking place in the Middle East were typi...

The Absurdity of Assad's Syria and Obama's Calculated Inaction

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

In an election year beset by economic and geopolitical turmoil, it would serve Obama well to remind the world of the two very words that landed him in the White House. Give us "hope" and act boldly, and in doing so, bring about real "change" for those suffering in Syria.

Obama: 'Ultimately This Dictator Will Fall'

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, March 7 (Reuters) - The U.N. humanitarian chief headed on Wednesday for a Syrian city where authorities ...

Syrian Opposition Seeks Heavy Weapons, Support

Reuters | Posted 05.04.2012 | World

BEIRUT, March 4 (Reuters) - Few close observers of the Syrian conflict believe the uprising that began nearly a year ago is anything like over, and ...

Syria: New Satellite Images Show Homs Shelling

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

New satellite imagery and eyewitness accounts reveal that the bombardment of the Baba Amr neighborhood in Homs has inflicted widespread destruction and a large number of deaths and severe injuries of civilians.

To Go or Not to Go to War With Iran

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

In today's world, we need to stop warring and start a dialogue, one that lasts more than an hour and contains options other than coercive threats on the agenda.

What is the Purpose of the Arab League?

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

For most Arab League nations, a strong military has primarily guaranteed that the ruling strongman will maintain power.

UN Syria

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Dichotomy of Syria's Friends

Sami Moubayed | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Sami Moubayed

The Friends of Syria conference didn't address demands for regime change. Instead it sought the minimum: allowance for humanitarian aid. But Syria isn't pleading for aid from the international community.

Now, An Intervention Must Take Place in Syria

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

There is a moment when, confronted with the carnage, the trifle of 8000 dead, victims of Bashar al-Assad's tanks, the dismal sideshow of this referendum supposedly organized, what's more, under the hail of shells and sniper fire, one must have the elementary dignity to say, "Stop!"

Syria Economic Destruction as Deadly as Bullets And Bombs

James Doran | Posted 04.27.2012 | World
James Doran

As soon as hostilities begin, most normal economic activity ends. Add to this the indiscriminate impact of sanctions against the likes of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, and the hope of making a living to feed, clothe and house one's family evaporates.

Syria Hit List Targets Thousands

Mother Jones | Posted 02.27.2012 | World

A 718-page digital document obtained by Mother Jones contains names, phone numbers, neighborhoods, and alleged activities of thousands of dissidents a...

Voting 'To Die By Bombardment Or Bullets'

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2012 | World

By Alistair Lyon BEIRUT, Feb 26 (Reuters) - At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in fighting over Syria's ...

State Department Sends Warning About Syrian WMDs

Foreign Policy | Posted 04.25.2012 | World

This week, the State Department sent a diplomatic demarche to Syria's neighbors Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, warning them about the possib...

Kofi Time

Daniel Serwer | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Daniel Serwer

The Syrian opposition doesn't have years, or even months. It needs protection quickly. The best bet is a vigorous diplomatic effort by Kofi Annan.

'Friends Of Syria' Will Demand Immediate Ceasefire To Allow Aid Access

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Alistair Lyon AMMAN/BEIRUT, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Western and Arab nations will demand that Syrian forces impl...

Six Questions for Advocates of Arming Syria's Opposition

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

After the campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, there's no excuse for not thinking hard about unforeseen developments and about whether there exists the requisite will to deal with them if they materialize.

Senators Say U.S. Should Arm Syria Rebels | 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 ...

The Ba'ath Party and the New Syrian Constitution

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 04.17.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Very few Syrians have really been loyal to the Ba'ath party, and so no new constitutional gimmicks of Bashar Assad will do the trick. The die for him was already cast.