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'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meant...

Syria Before The War

Lama Younes | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Lama Younes

Lately I've been feeling a little homesick and with all the insane news and horrific images that keep pouring out of the syrian war, with shelling...

At Least 45 Killed In Triple Bombing Near Damascus Shrine

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 01.31.2016 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab ...

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Air Strike Reportedly Kills 57 In Rebel-Held Town As U.S. Envoy Visits Damascus

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.09.2016 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - An air strike reportedly killed dozens of people in a rebel-held town in Syria on Saturday as a U.N. envoy visited Damascus...

A Syrian Christmas

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Zaher Sahloul

In Homs there are Orthodox, Armenian, Maronite, Catholic and Anglican Christians who lived happily together with their Muslim neighbors long before the birth of my adopted homeland. All preserved their rituals, culture and languages throughout the ages.

2,000 Islamist Fighters Will Be Evacuated From Syria's Damascus: Report

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Two thousand Syrian Islamist fighters are expected to be evacuated soon from besieged, rebel-held areas of southern Damasc...

Damascus Residents Build Gardens To Feed Themselves

Syria Deeply | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.18.2015 | World

Green rooftops are popping up across Damascus in neighborhoods under government siege. With no sign of the blockade letting up and no available agri...

U.N. Security Council Endorses Roadmap For Peace In Syria

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.18.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members approved a resolution Friday outlining a peace process forSyria involving talks by represen...

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 12.01.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...