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If There Is No Plan B for Syria, How About a Plan C?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Administration officials keep gravitating to the simplistic assertion that when it comes to Syria, there is no Plan B since Plan B may compel direct military intervention. But I can drive a ten-wheeler between existing U.S. policy and putting boots on Syrian ground.

Beirut Burns as Lebanon's Violent Habits Die Hard

Patrick Galey | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Patrick Galey

Those who engage in fighting are not party 'supporters' as is often supposed. They are trained gunmen. Killers. And as long as they continue receiving tacit instructions from leaders to remain so, don't expect Lebanon to have picked its last fight with itself.

Syria Rejects Envoy Damascus Visit

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 07.27.2012 | World

By HAMZA HENDAWI, The Associated Press CAIRO (AP) -- A senior Arab League official says Syria has denied permission for a deputy of U.N.-Arab Leagu...

Deadly Bomb Hits Syrian Capital

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.21.2012 | World

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT -- Activists and state media say a bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital, killing at least five people. ...

Why Stability in Syria Matters

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

The 14-month long spate of internal violence in Syria has friends and foes equally worried over the fate of the country's future, the stability of the region and the ever-present danger of the violence spreading from Syria to its neighbors.

5 Beaten Kentucky Derby Favorites Who Won Preakness, Belmont

AP | Posted 05.18.2012 | Sports

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, Associated Press For those who aren't sold on Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another adding the Preakness to his winning re...

Europe Adopts New Syria Sanctions

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 07.14.2012 | World

BRUSSELS — The European Union imposed visa bans and asset freezes Monday on three new people associated with Syrian President Bashar Assad's reg...

Regime Claims It Foils New Bomb Attack

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | World

By Dominic Evans BEIRUT, May 11 (Reuters) - Syrian forces foiled an attempted suicide car bombing with 1,200 kg (2,640 pounds) of exp...

Deadliest Bomb Attack In Syrian Uprising

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.10.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Twin suicide car bombs exploded outside a military intelligence building and killed 55 people Thursday, tossing mangled bodies...

Dozens Killed, More Than 170 Wounded In Damascus Bomb Blasts

Reuters | Posted 07.10.2012 | World

BEIRUT, May 10 (Reuters) - Dozens of people were killed or wounded in two "terrorist explosions" which struck a southern district of the Syrian capi...

Obama Wants to Postpone the Syrian Revolution Until After the Elections

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.04.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

The world will not necessarily stop, as postponement and delay could cause a backlash against the Arab region and the United States in the form of a major concern and a monster that can only be restrained at a very high cost.

Politics and Policies: Dealing With Ankara No Turkey Trot for Damascus

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Turkey is a real force to be reckoned with in the Levant. And if memories serve well, upsetting the Ottoman Turks never proved to be a very intelligent policy. Upsetting modern-day Turks may not differ.

Suicide Bomber Strikes Syria Capital

AP | By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 06.27.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- A suicide bomber blew himself up across the street from a mosque in the Syrian capital Friday, killing at least 10 people and wound...

Is it Possible to Salvage the Faltering Syrian "Ceasefire"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

An absence of imaginative, strategic diplomacy as the year-long crisis in Syria unfolded has caught the U.S. with dwindling options as the oxymoronic UN ceasefire collapses. Consequences abound as a result for U.S. interests across the region.

Annan: Situation Continues To Be Unacceptable

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, April 25 (Reuters) - Syrian security forces shot dead four civilians on a bus in the northern province of Idl...

UN Sending Food Aid For 500,000 Syrians

AP | Posted 04.24.2012 | World

GENEVA -- The U.N. food agency says it will soon deliver help to 500,000 people in Syria, a tenfold increase since December. Even after the increase,...

Bloodshed In Damascus And Hama As Monitors Visit Douma

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian troops heavily shelled a suburb of the capital Tuesday, and satellite imagery showed that Syria has failed to withdraw all of it...

'The Annan Plan Is The Last Chance'

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces opened fire Wednesday on anti-regime demonstrators surrounding the cars of a U.N. team meant to monitor a shaky ...

Mortar A Minute

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and BEN HUBBARD | Posted 06.17.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Artillery shatters homes in opposition areas. Regime tanks roll though city centers. Civilians dig graves for dozens of corpses, scrawl...

Syrian Protesters Test Fragile Ceasefire

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.13.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian forces used live fire, tear gas and clubs to beat back tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets across the countr...

Syrian Regime Observes Ceasefire, Troops Remain In Place

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.12.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's opposition called for widespread protests Friday to test the regime's commitment to an internationally brokered cease-fire that...

Envoy: Syria Promises To Cease Fire On Thursday

AP | BASSEM MROUE and KARIN LAUB | Posted 06.11.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A deadline for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire passed without reports of major violence at dawn Thursday, opposition activists said, just ho...

Syrian Regime Claims Troop Pullout

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 06.04.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian artillery pounded the rebellious city of Homs and tanks and troops stormed towns in the north and south on Wednesday, deepening ...

Red Cross Presses For Syria Access

AP | BEN HUBBARD and ALBERT AJI | Posted 06.03.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian troops began pulling out Tuesday from some calm cities and headed back to their bases a week ahead of a deadline to implement an...

The Syrian Regime and the Opposition

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
American Anthropological Association

In other parts of the Arab world there was unity between classes and sects, at least for the duration of the protests in public squares, but this is not the case in Syria.