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Sophia Jones

ISIS' Latest Conquest Has Dark History Of State Torture And Abuse | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | Home

ISTANBUL -- When Dr. Bara Sarraj heard that Islamic State militants had overrun the city of Palmyra and its ancient desert ruins, he began to cry. ...

The Iranian Maya Angelou Passes Away

Shermin Kruse | Posted 10.26.2014 | Home
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.

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.

Syrian President's Son Posts Anti-U.S. Facebook Rant?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.30.2013 | Home

In a lengthy Facebook post this week, someone who evidence suggests is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year-old son denounced the U.S. and pledg...

Crossing the Syrian Red Line Rubicon

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.14.2013 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For all the ballyhooed determination to stand up for democratic change in the Middle East and pledges to never stand by when tens of thousands of innocent people are being massacred, Syria will regretably prove to be a major policy reversal on both counts.

Saudi Arabia's Dark Role in the Syria Conflict

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.07.2013 | Home
Daniel Wagner

While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.

Joshua Hersh

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

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

Averting a Damascene Blood Bath

James Denselow | Posted 06.13.2011 | Home
James Denselow

Syria has spent much of the past six years trying to escape the international isolation led by the US and will be loath to face a fresh European-led economic/diplomatic boycott that is supported by all the main players in the EU.

Keep Your Eyes on Syria

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

While world attention was fixed on the crusading drama in relatively unimportant Libya, the biggest, and most ominous bang last week came from Syria, ...

Time for a Syrian Revolution

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

For Syrians to finally depose their dictator, like Egyptians did, they have to go to the streets, despite the regime's promised violence. Today is the time. The Syrians should not miss their chance.

Kissing Cousins: Assad Hangs Tough With Ahmadinejad

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Syrian President Assad rewarded the Obama administration's decision to re-establish normal relations with Syria this week by laying out the red carpet today for Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.