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Syrian Man Repays German Hospitality By Feeding Homeless In Berlin

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 11.24.2015 | Good News

This is benevolence at its best. Alex Assali, a Syrian man who lives in Berlin, was recently photographed serving food to the city’s homeless a...

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

A Two-Way Street: Emigration from Damascus

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Sami Moubayed

Emigration and refugee success stories are not new to Syria. Damascus itself has always been a city of refugees, inhabited by Arabs, Turks, Armenians, Kurds, North Africans, and Circassians fleeing violence in their respective countries.

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Russia's Intervention in Syria: Protracting an Already Endless Conflict

Charles Lister | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Charles Lister

Russia's intervention in Syria has introduced a dangerous new dynamic into an already volatile and complex conflict. Rather than advancing its self-proclaimed objective of fighting terrorism, many more Russian strikes have targeted moderate rebels -- "vetted" and supported by the United States -- as well as other expressly Syrian opposition groups backed variously by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.

Syrian Insurgents Shell Russian Embassy During Pro-Russia Rally

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.13.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Insurgents fired two shells at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital on Tuesday as hundreds of pro-government suppor...

U.S. Pulls Plug On Syria Rebel Training Effort

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and inste...

Putin's Axis of Dictators May Save Assad

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

What is most diabolical about Putin's orchestrated defense of Assad wrapped in an anti-ISIS appeal is how much his brazen assessment is gaining traction in the least likely of places -- western Europe.

14 Photos of This Damascus Wedding Capture the Incredible Spirit of Syrian Christians

Flavius Mihaies | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Flavius Mihaies

Christians have lived in Syria for over 2,000 years, but the ongoing conflict has been so brutal that I wondered if that history might come to an end. A few days after my arrival, I was standing outside my hotel when I saw a wedding party heading to the al-Zaitoun Greek Catholic Church, only a few steps away.

Why Jordan Is Key to Ending the Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Lord David Owen

LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war.

My Reflections on Meeting Jimmy Carter in Syria

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

During President Carter's last visit to Damascus, I was cordially invited to join him for dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel, along with three Syrian friends. "Welcome back to Damascus, Mr. President" I said, having first met President Carter at this very same hotel in December 2008.

A Long, Hard Look at 'Zionism in Damascus'

Sami Moubayed | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

I have to differ with the author, however, about the status of Damascus Jews. Denying their persecution at certain epochs of Syrian history would obviously be incorrect, but so would to claim that Damascus was hell on earth for its Jewish community. That exactly is what the book tries to push through the reader's mind, quit intentionally.

I Was Catfished By The Poser Behind 'A Gay Girl In Damascus'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Sandra Bagaria, a woman living in Montreal, thought she was getting involved with Amina Arraf, a lesbian Syrian-American blogger living...

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.

Syrian Forces, Hezbollah Fight To Recapture Border Town From Rebels

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.04.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturd...

Sophia Jones

Rare Arabic-Language Bookstore Gives Istanbul's Syrian Refugees A Taste Of Home | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.12.2015 | World

Syrian book publishers Samer al Kadri and Gulnar Hajo, who are refugees from Damascus, opened their own Arabic-language bookstore in Istanbul on Friday.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Tears Tell Story of Syria's War Victims

William Lambers | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

What will end the hunger and suffering in Syria is a peace treaty. That miracle appears far off today. But, until we can find this elusive peace, we cannot forget the plight of the Syrian people.

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.28.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Broadcast media are under intense pressure, given tight deadlines, security threats, competition and shrinking budgets. The key challenges are: How do we define media ethics and who sets the standards when the journalism of terror is becoming the new normal?

A New Bible for Scholars of King Faisal I

Sami Moubayed | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

The revolt turned civil war has held all Syrians by the throat since 2011. Entire cities have been pounded to dust. The social fabric of the ancient land has collapsed, and so has the economy, along with the people's moral.

Review: The Road to Damascus

Isa Freeling | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

The Road to Damascus takes place in the not-too-distant future, giving us a glimpse in to the harsh possibilities that we seem to come so close to these days.

The Death Sentence That Could Inflame Sectarian Tensions Across the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last October, Saudi Arabia's Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr -- a popular Shi'ite cleric and outspoken political dissident -- to death.

Attack In Syria's Capital Kills 4 Nuclear Scientists

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the U.N. envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern ...

11 Children Killed When Mortars Hit Damascus School

Reuters | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) - At least 11 children were killed in Damascus when mortars fell on a school in an eastern district of the Syrian capital, a...