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What Happens in Syria Doesn't Stay in Syria

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

With the third anniversary of the Syrian uprising this week, refugees are still pouring into neighboring states, food is used as a weapon of war and peace talks are stalled -- perhaps forever.

Who Will Get Sold Out at Syria Peace Talks?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

All individual leaders -- and, for that matter, ideologies -- are expendable. No global or regional power or current leader should be allowed to claim as their own a shared future that first belongs to all Syria's citizens. That would be a sell-out!

Damascus Remains Firm: Assad Will Stay

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met U.S. and Russian officials on Tuesday to discuss convening lo...

Efficient on Chemicals, Damascus Drags Feet on Peace

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki comes to the White House on November 1 to warn President Obama that Syria's bitter civil war is not just "a humanitarian tragedy" but "an immediate threat to the security of our own country."

Assad Meets With UN Envoy As Peace Talks Falter

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 30 (Reuters) - United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in the Syrian capital Damascus in an effo...

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

Obama Earns His Nobel Prize on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

As pressures mount in Washington for a more aggressive American involvement on behalf of at least some rebel groups in Syria, President Obama has seemed intent on proving the Nobel committee was farsighted in awarding him its peace prize four years ago.

Western Support for Syrian Rebels: A Viable Alternative?

Michael Kay | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Michael Kay

Amnesty International has produced compelling evidence of massacres, mass abduction, detention beatings, killings and torture by anti-Libyan militia -- backed by the British, French and U.S. So will a post-Assad Syria be any different?

Russia on the Line for Syrian Settlement

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

At a time when the prospects for ending Syria's dramatic downward spiral into total war have never seemed bleaker, the Russians -- and United Nations officials -- seem to see a few hopeful signs.

Syrian's Hesitant First Step to Deal

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 04.04.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

This week's announced willingness by the chairman of the rebel Syrian National Coalition to negotiate Syria's political transition with officials of the current government was the first hopeful sign that the country's deadly two-year civil war may yet be brought to an end.

Syria: Peace Envoy 'Flagrantly Biased'

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Syria criticised international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Thursday, a day after he said he did not see President Bash...

UN Envoy: 40 Years Of Assad Family Rule Is 'Too Long'

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | World

By Erika Solomon and Peter Graff BEIRUT, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Syrians believe 40 years of Assad family rule is too long, the internationa...

Arabs Can Act for Syria and Palestine -- Before It's Too Late

James Zogby | Posted 03.07.2013 | World
James Zogby

Instead of acting as spectators, enablers, or waiting for the United Nations or the United States to provide solutions, there are practical steps through collective Arab action that might make a real difference.

100,000 May Die This Year In Syria

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2013 | World

By Yara Bayoumy and Alistair Lyon AZAZ, Syria/LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The death toll in Syria now exceeds 60,000, the United Nations...

Activists Report Poison Gas Attack In Syria

Reuters | Erika Solomon | Posted 12.26.2012 | World

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Syria special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed solving the country's conflict with President Bashar al-A...

Syria: Enforce a No-Fly Zone

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
José Ramos-Horta

As the door has been closed on negotiations in Syria, options for achieving a resolution through dialogue have come to an end. It is time for the regional front-line States with credible military capabilities to consider escalating the pressure on the Assad regime by imposing a no-fly zone over Syria.

Peace Envoy: Will Syria Be The New Somalia?

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The international envoy for Syria fears the country could turn into a new Somalia unless its crisis is resolved, warning o...

Destabilizing Lebanon by Assassinations

Nehad Ismail | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Nehad Ismail

To neutralise Hezbollah, to weaken Iran, to save Lebanon and to save the Syrian people the regime of Bashar al Assad must be dismantled and by military force if necessary and the sooner the better.

WHAT TRUCE?: Warplanes Bomb Rebel Stronghold In Syria

Reuters | Posted 12.28.2012 | World

AMMAN, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombarded a rebel stronghold in a Damascus suburb on Monday, the final day of a truce broken by air attac...

Two Year Struggle Staggers to Its End

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

We know America's two-year struggle for power is near its end, but are not so sure about Syria's. The uncertain 'Id al-Adha truce, coming amidst stalemate and slaughter, may yet be a step back from the abyss. It wouldn't have a chance if we were knee-deep in fueling the war.

Explosions Reported At Syrian Military Site

Reuters | Samia Nakhoul | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Two loud explosions targeted one of Syria's top military command buildings in the capital Damascus on Wednesday, engulfi...

Middle East Permeates UN General Assembly Despite 50 Sideshows

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The civil war in Syria and its 26,000 dead are dominating this week's U.N. General Assembly session but no solution is expected to emerge. The same goes for the Islamic uprisings against the United States and Iran's nuclear program.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran Has No Interest In Nuclear Weapons

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

DUBAI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons but will keep pursuing peaceful nuclear energy, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khame...

U.N. Confirms Brahimi Is New Syria Envoy

Reuters | Posted 10.17.2012 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday confirmed that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar ...

Brahimi Reportedly Agrees To Succeed Annan

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | World

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has agreed to replace Kofi Annan as ...