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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.

The Familiar Yet 'Forgotten' Tragedy of Hama

Maryam Saleh | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Maryam Saleh

On February 2, 1982, Syrian troops -- acting under the orders of then-President Hafez al-Assad and led by his brother, Rifaat al-Assad -- besieged the city of Hama in an effort to quell an anti-government uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Are We All Urban Now? Is There a Here and There?

Heidi Legg | Posted 01.13.2015 | Arts
Heidi Legg

A prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, and a practicing architect, Sarkis weighs in on his new position and how the geopolitics of today may influence our thinking towards looking at how the world is becoming one city.

Basic Conditions for Any Ceasefire Require a Political Element

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

In violent conflicts, parties to the conflict are always under pressure to ceasefire. Ceasefire agreements tend to have different formats but there are two basic requirements that successful long-term ceasefires require.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Syria: Satellite Imagery Shows Entire Neighborhoods Gone

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013.

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's 'Evil Man'

Claude Salhani | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

British Prime Minister David Cameron did not beat around the bush. He went straight for the jugular and called Syria's president Bashar Assad "an evil man."

Reports: 30 Feared Killed As Syrian Forces Attack Worshippers

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

AMMAN, July 24 (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed up to 30 worshippers on Tuesday as they converged on a mosque to perform Ramadan evening prayers in ...

The Secret Battle for Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It is extremely difficult to decipher who has taken up arms against each other inside the war-torn nation. But after several months of assessing the situation, a murky, violent and terrifying picture is emerging of who is engaged in the fighting for and against the Assad regime.

Photos Capture Devastation After Mass Killings

Posted 07.19.2012 | World

On July 12, Syrian security forces launched a devastating assault on the village of Tremseh in Syria's Hama province. According to activists, tanks an...

Videos Purport To Show Victims Of Syria Massacre

Posted 09.12.2012 | World

By BEN HUBBARD -- The Associated Press BEIRUT -- Syrian activists have posted videos they say show at least 17 of the dozens of people reportedly k...

Activists: More Than 200 Syrians Massacred

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Erika Solomon AMMAN/BEIRUT, July 13 (Reuters) - More than 200 Syrians, mostly civilians, were massacred in ...

Putin Hits the "Re-Reset" Button With Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

All of Putin's bold defiance on behalf of the Assad regime is another wake-up call for this administration that he is determined to "re-reset" U.S.-Russian relations, and face down anyone who stands in the way of Russia reasserting its position in the Middle East.

Video Shows Charred Bodies At Massacre Site

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

A video posted online by Syrian activists purports to show the aftermath of a pro-Assad attack on the village of Mazraat al-Qubair in Syria’s Hama p...

Monitors Blocked From Site Of Massacre

Posted 08.07.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- The chief of U.N. observers in Syria says his monitors have been blocked by Syrian troops from the site of a new mass killing. Gen. Rober...

Reports: New Massacre In Syria

Reuters/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.06.2012 | World

BEIRUT, June 6 (Reuters) - Activists said pro-government militia men and security forces killed at least 78 people, including children, in Syria's cen...

Chronicle of Some Deaths Foretold

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Doug Bradley

I'm still haunted by the faces of the Syrians I saw on the bus that day in 1977, those whose sons and daughters and grandchildren may now be dying in places like Houla.

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.

Time to Reset Russia's Syrian Offense

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.02.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It's high time to toss aside diplomatic niceties and place Russia in the diplomatic stockade for its sheltering of the illegitimate Bashar al-Assad from global wrath.

Syria's Vicious Circle of Violence Must End

Meedan | Posted 10.19.2011 | World

Syrian writer and researcher Ali Shihabi explains the disconnect between the mindset of the the Syrian regime and the demands of protesters on the gro...

Syria: Better Late Than Never or Too Little Too Late

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.15.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Fortunately, after agonizing weeks of crippling and damaging hesitation, the Obama Administration finally dragged itself out of its self-imposed policy coma into championing global sanctions of Syria's oil and gas industry exports.

The Truth About Assad's Version of the "Truth" in Syria

James Miller | Posted 10.10.2011 | World
James Miller

In Syria, one side is lying, one side is mostly truthful, and thousands of lives are in the balance of the two.

Bashar Al-Assad May Flex His Muscles, But Hama Is No Longer Alone

Meedan | Posted 10.04.2011 | World

The Sunday massacre in Hama is a true testament to Assad's will to flex his muscles in the same place where his father flexed his muscles 30 years ago. The only difference is that Hama is no longer alone like it was in the '80s.

Joshua Hersh

Arab Spring: More Crackdowns As Ramadan Arrives In Egypt, Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.01.2011 | World

The Arab Spring uprisings that have seemed to stall under an oppressive Arab summer may be about to get a burst of fresh energy with the arrival of th...