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Syria's Deepening Crisis

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

Even as Russia and China face growing criticism, there is no consensus among analysts on the question of intervention in Syria.

Syria: Three-Level Chess Game

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

What we seem to have is a three-level chess game in Syria: internal, regional and worldwide.

Gulf Countries Pull Ambassadors From Syria

Posted 04.08.2012 | World

KUWAIT CITY -- The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council says it is pulling its ambassadors from Syria because of President Bashar Assad's refusal to ac...

Warm Welcome For Russian Envoy Amid Shelling In Syria

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 04.08.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Days after blocking a U.S.-backed peace plan at the U.N., senior Russian officials pushed for reforms Tuesday during an emergency meeti...

UN Chief: Bombardement By Syrian Forces 'Unacceptable Before Humanity'

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday denounced Syrian forces' bombardment of the city of Homs in a stateme...

Syria: The Final Solution

Saad Khan | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Saad Khan

There is anger on the Arab Street. Something has to be done about Syria. If not now then within a few months. Time for implementing the final solution is approaching. The ball is in the Arab League and Turkey's court. The onus lies on international conscience.

Russia to the People of Syria: "Drop Dead"

Sheldon Filger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Sheldon Filger

The Kremlin's support of the bloodthirsty Assad dictatorship is not wise and may harm Moscow's most vital interests irreparably.

The Russia-China Veto: What Next for Syria?

Rajan Menon | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The reasons behind the Chinese and Russia veto are clear. Alas, what's also clear is that it will worsen the violence in Syria, which, in turn, will increase the opposition's vengefulness when the regime falls.

U.S. Closes Embassy In Syria

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.07.2012 | World

CNN reports that the United States has closed its embassy in Syria and withdrawn its staff. ABC News confirms that U.S. embassy officials have left...

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution On Syria

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2012 | World

Russia and China blocked a new UN Security Resolution on the crisis in Syria. This is breaking news. Check back later for updates. ...

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution On Syria

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2012 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Russia and China joined forces in a double veto on Saturday to knock down a Western-Arab U.N...

Obama Denounces Syria Violence: Assad Regime Must Come To An End

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 04.05.2012 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid fresh violence in Syria, President Barack Obama called on the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to stand up against Bashar Assa...

Children Tortured, Shot, Report Says

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 04.04.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian forces have detained and tortured children as young as 13 as the government tries to crush an uprising that began nearly 11 month...

Joshua Hersh

Syria U.N. Deliberations Haunted By Ghost Of Libya Mission | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.02.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- As diplomats at the United Nations pore over a draft resolution condemning the brutal Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, experts say that...

Navigating Arabs' Syria Roadmap Through the U.N.

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The Security Council is only going to move as far as its most cautious major member can go. At this stage, that means an endorsement of the Arab League's initiative in facilitating the Syrian political groupings' agreement on the country's political reconstruction.

Mark Gongloff

What's Roiling The Oil Market Now? | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

Another falling dictator might soon make a splash in the oil market. The latest domino set to drop in the Middle East appears to be Bashar Assad of...

Bloodshed In Syrian Mountains

AP | LEE KEATH | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy gunfire and shelling rattled towns in a mountain valley outside Damascus on Wednesday, as Syrian troops opened a new front in th...

Russia Seeks a Win-win Formula in Syria

Sami Moubayed | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Sami Moubayed

The only places capable of pushing for change, they believe, are Cairo, Riyadh, New York and Moscow. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wants to keep it that way, making sure that neither the Turks nor the Americans get a real say in how Syria develops in the months ahead.

Assad Is on His Way Out -- But at What Cost?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Syrian crisis can end only when the current regime leaves, and the fact that in the twilight period of the dictatorship the human price exacted from the Syrian people is enormous and, tragically, is likely to rise dramatically.

Diplomats Demand That Assad Step Down

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Louis Charbonneau AMMAN/UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces reasserted control of D...

How Syria's Ruling Apparatus Became Its Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.31.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time has run out for President Assad. Following the mass killings, suffering and deprivation of basic human rights that the Assad regime has perpetrated on his people, under no circumstances will Assad be able to restore his legitimacy as a ruler.

Gas Pipeline Blows Up In Syria

AP | Posted 01.30.2012 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency says an armed "terrorist" group has blown up a gas pipeline. SANA said the pipeline carries gas from the ce...

Russia Goes 'The Syria Route'

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 01.29.2012 | World

MOSCOW -- Russia's defiance of international efforts to end Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on protests is rooted in a calculation that it c...

Urban War: Syrian Army Attacks In Damascus Outskirts

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Syrian soldiers killed 19 people in fighting to retake Dama...

Russia Reportedly Selling Combat Jets To Syria

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.24.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Russia has signed a contract to sell combat jets to Syria, a newspaper reported Monday, in apparent support for President Bashar Assad ...