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How Russia Became Assad's Biggest Backer

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.10.2017 | World

Russian officials have responded with outrage to Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian military air base, vowing to increase the Kremlin’s m...

A Third Intifada?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Vladimir Putin is only nine years older than Barack Obama, yet they somehow are of a different generation. How could this be?

The Iranian Maya Angelou Passes Away

Shermin Kruse | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

She lived to the ripe old age of 87. She who Iranians lovingly called the Lioness of Iran. She who chronicled her people's politics, their beauty, their mundane and their extraordinary, their oppression and their plastic surgery, the landscape of their lives.

Tyrants on Television

Gary M. Burge | Posted 09.14.2014 | Media
Gary M. Burge

Tyrant is trading in gross stereotypes. Watching this show begins to shape your understanding of Arab society: volatile, poor, angry, and brutal -- and led by crazed rulers who lavish money on themselves, rape women (regularly), and kill anyone in their way.

Bashar Al-Assad's Cousin Speaks Out On Al-Assad Family Divide

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Bashar al-Assad's cousin, Ribal Al-Assad, joined HuffPost Live’s Ahmed Shihab-Eldin Monday to discuss how the 1982 Hama massacre contributed to a ri...

The Source of Assad's Staying Power

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The tragedy that has befallen the Syrian people demonstrates the horror that the lack of American leadership could precipitate. The Obama administration failed to understand the nature of the Assad regime and its predictable conduct.

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Syria: Who's Really in Charge?

Jerrold Post | Posted 11.13.2013 | College
Jerrold Post

Bashar was pushed into his leadership position because his older brother, the initially designated choice to carry on the family torch, died before he was able to fulfill his father's dreams of glory.

The Evolving Landscape in Syria and Implications for Greater Kurdistan

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The ease with which violence in Iraq and Syria has negatively impacted surrounding countries underscores the declining significance of borders throughout the Levant.

Syria's Sunni vs. Shia Myth

Khaled Diab | Posted 08.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

The reality of the situation is that the civil war in Syria, though it has escalated tremendously, remains essentially a clash between an authoritarian, ruthless leadership and its associated elite (as well as those who feared instability) and the masses tired of bowing their heads.

Assad's Family: The Unrecognized Nuances and the Politics

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Not a politician by nature, the current president of Syria never aspired to be involved in politics. His brother Bassel Al-Assad however, was being groomed to become his father's successor.

Greetings, Fiends!

Jerry Adler | Posted 02.27.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Adler

(Apologies to Roger Angell and Ian Frazier) Our weary planet's never-ending Trip around the Sun, now trending Toward its yearly consummation Beckons ...

Assad Regime's Final WMD Gambit Plays to Israel, U.S. Fears

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Last week when rebels infiltrated the capital, surprising both the military and the residents living there, many analysts predicted that the Assad regime's downfall was imminent.

It's Time for Turkish Leadership on Syria

John Kiriakou | Posted 03.01.2012 | World
John Kiriakou

So if the Arab League, the United Nations, NATO and the U.S. have no intention of helping the Syrian people, who can? Only Turkey has the national interests, the means and the domestic political will to get the job done.

Assad: The Man Who Can Bring Down the Syrian Regime

James Denselow | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
James Denselow

If we trace back both the president's reaction to the protests in addition to his previous ten years in charge, we can see that his attempts at reforms have unwittingly creating the environment in which challenges to the regime continue to flourish.

Syria's Double Diplomatic Muscle

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Harkening back to the grand old days of Sino-Soviet diplomatic chicanery, Moscow and Beijing yesterday jointly vetoed a watered-down United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its escalating brutality.

Joshua Hersh

Former Sen. Arlen Specter Calls For Dialogue with Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

Former Sen. Arlen Specter, a longtime proponent of diplomatic exchanges with America’s most hostile counterparts, is calling for renewed negotiation...

It Is Too Late for Assad

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is no longer a question if Bashar al-Assad will fall -- it is a matter of when. Now the matter becomes what happens after Assad leaves.

Is A Civil War in Syria's Future?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With military intervention rightfully off the table against Syria's Bashar Assad, a realistic assessment of who may pick up the pieces after he goes and under what conditions is exactly what we should be doing now before it is too late to affect any dire outcome.

Human Rights Group: Syrian Forces Kill At Least 63 Civilians In Effort To Crush Friday Protests

Reuters | Mariam Karouny | Posted 08.03.2011 | World

June 4, 2011 1:45:57 AM By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, June 4 (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed at least 63 civilians in attacks to crush pro-democrac...

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...

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...

What Did the Arabs Really Win in the 1973 War With Israel?

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the 37 years since this "victory," the Arabs have been unable to persuade Israel to agree to the Arab Peace Initiative and have become absolutely impotent to prevent it from continuing the construction of settlements.