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Obama's Perplexing Speech

Will Marshall | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Obama's "winds of change" speech was meant to formalize an historic shift in U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Instead, he put the spotlight on the one thing that seems impervious to change: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Resetting U.S. Policy on Syria

Josh Lockman | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Josh Lockman

As the uprising in Syria continues to grow despite a brutal crackdown by the Assad regime, there are signs that the Obama Administration plans to switch gears.

Cairo: Part Deux

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama's address needlessly stepped on its own core message by opening yet another inopportune rift with the Israeli government on the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with the president.

Obama's Mideast Speech Left Much to be Desired

Saad Khan | Posted 07.19.2011 | World
Saad Khan

President Barack Obama has finally delivered his much anticipated speech on the Middle East, however, it fell short of expectations on two major issues.

SHOCKING VIDEO: Syrian Forces Reportedly Fire On Ambulance

Posted 07.19.2011 | World

A video uploaded to YouTube purports to show a merciless attack on two ambulance drivers in Syria. In the raw footage, two men in the front seat o...

Turkey Should Wield Its Power in Syria

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.16.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

The U.S., European Union and others have condemned Bashar al-Assad -- to little effect. The missing international voice has been Syria's northern neighbor, economic benefactor and the Middle East's newest regional power: Turkey.

Tanks Push Deeper Into Restive Syrian Border Area

Posted 07.16.2011 | World

AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 15 Syrian tanks pushed overnight into a rural area near the Lebanese border, where security forces have concentrated thei...

Bashar al-Assad: Can the Dictator Dictate?

James Denselow | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
James Denselow

Focusing on whether or not Assad is a reformer is increasingly irrelevant. Syria has been shown to possess a paper dictator whose pleas have collapsed alongside the country's economy.

Syrian Tanks Shell City Of Homs, Says Human Rights Campaigner

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

May 11, 2011 5:56:05 AM AMMAN, May 11 (Reuters) - Army tanks shelled the Bab Amro residential district in Syria's third city of Homs on Wednesday, ...

Syria: Turkey's Litmus Test in the New Middle East

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

At the start of the Arab revolutions, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) tentatively placed Turke...

Syria -- the Beginnings of Collapse

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Rule number one of a Praetorian State such as Syria is complete unity of the armed forces, which are the regime's main tool of oppression. It is in this light that the unthinkable may be happening for Bashar Assad.

Syrian Official Claims Government Has Upper Hand Over Uprising

The New York Times | ANTHONY SHADID | Posted 07.09.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- The Syrian government has gained the upper hand over a seven-week uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, a senior ...

Syria's President Deploys Troops Ahead Of Friday Prayers

Reuters | Khaled Yacoub Oweis | Posted 07.05.2011 | World

May 5, 2011 10:38:22 PM By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, May 6 (Reuters) - Security forces have moved into central Syria and coastal areas ahead of...

Syria 'Day Of Rage' Protests Rage Through Damascus Despite Crackdown

Posted 06.30.2011 | World

Despite an intensified government crackdown on dissent this week, another wave of protests erupted across Syria on Friday. Once again activists ca...

Andrea Stone

Syrian Regime Slapped With New Sanctions In Wake Of More Violence By Regime

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.29.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama ordered stiffer U.S. sanctions on Friday for top Syrian officials and security forces. The Syrian regime is respo...

U.S. Considering Sanctions Against Syrian Government Officials

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick | Posted 06.25.2011 | World

April 26, 2011 2:31:12 AM By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering sanctions against Syrian government officia...

U.S. State Department Orders Some Embassy Staff To Leave Syria

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2011 | World

April 26, 2011 2:16:02 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Monday it has ordered some non-essential U.S. embassy officials ...

Bashar Assad, the Alawite Community and the Future

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 06.25.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Things are changing fast in Syria and they lead to an important question: can the besieged Bashar Assad continue to rely on the communal support of the Alawites in his armed forces?

What Will Events in Syria Mean for Lebanon?

James Denselow | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
James Denselow

To date, Lebanon has perhaps been the one Arab country not to have been directly affected by the "Arab Awakening." But the country is fated to be tied to events in Syria and the vulnerabilities associated with them regardless.

Possible Collapse of Assad and Regional Implications

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Assad's Syrian regime will not be brought down immediately, but the end is in sight and it is about time to assess possible implications with regard to three of Syria's immediate neighbors and Iran.

Dramatic Videos Of Protests Throughout Syria Emerge

Posted 06.19.2011 | World

Footage of anti-government demonstrations throughout Syria has emerged on YouTube. The amateur clips have surfaced just as Syria ended a near half...

The Syrian Anomaly

Joshua Gleis | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Joshua Gleis

Only in Syria, where a growing number of citizens are rising up against the Assad regime, has the United States and the rest of the western world failed to develop or convey any type of policy whatsoever.

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...

A Wild and Far-fetched Idea

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Will Assad have the courage to change the geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East? The notion is perhaps wild, but the benefits Syria would reap and the effect on other countries could change the Middle East in an unprecedented way.

The Road to De-Mask-Us

Richard Grenell | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Richard Grenell

After botching his Syria policy, Barack Obama now has a rare historical chance to make progress on U.S. interests and values by speaking clearly and forcefully against a brutal regime that has worked against American policy in Iraq, Iran, Israel and Lebanon.