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Kerry: Assad A 'One-Man Super Magnet For Terrorism'

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BAD RAGAZ, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ramped up already harsh criticism of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, cal...

Winds of Change Reshaping Middle East Landscape

Claude Salhani | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

Amidst the great uncertainty that prevails in the Middle East today there is at least one thing that is certain: we are living through a great shift in the region's politics and alliances, the repercussions of which are yet to be fully felt.

Russian Arms, Syria and the Price of Oil

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Clearly there is a correlation between Middle East tensions and high oil prices. Are we seeing a replay of Russian policies that solidified Iranian intransigence on matters nuclear, thereby exacerbating those tensions to bring about significantly higher oil prices?

Syrian Troops Capture Much Of Strategic Damascus Neighborhood

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 03.14.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian troops advanced in a strategic suburb of Damascus and bombarded other areas around the capital Saturday in a push to se...

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.

Politics and Policies: What's Next in the Middle East?

Claude Salhani | Posted 07.11.2012 | World
Claude Salhani

Hezbollah is building training facilities in the eastern Bekaa Valley within close proximity of the Syrian border, reported a local Beirut newspaper earlier this week. Is Hezbollah preparing for the next confrontation and if so, whom do they expect to fight?

Hostile Syrian Border Region Challenges Regime

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.11.2011 | World

BEIRUT — A border region with a history of hostility toward the Syrian regime is posing the biggest challenge yet for President Bashar Assad's s...

900 Dead In Syria

AP | By BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.21.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian security forces opened fire on a funeral procession for slain anti-government protesters Saturday, pushing the number of people repor...