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Syria Civil War

Obama's Dangerous Dipping

Shan Wells | Posted 08.19.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Russia: G-8 Syria Statement Won't Mention Assad Stepping Down

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland -- The G-8 summit's joint statement on ending the Syrian civil war will not mention whether Bashar Assad must step down ...

New Strategic Approaches Are Necessary for the Peace Process to Succeed

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
Robert K. Lifton

It is clear that convincing the Israelis to engage with the Palestinians in a serious negotiation will require more from the Arab states than just a change in the formulation of the 1967 border deal.

The S-Word Looms Over G8 Talks

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

By Roberta Rampton and Alexei Anishchuk ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 17 (Reuters) - Western leaders rebuked Russian President V...

Source: Saudis Sending Anti-Aircraft Missiles To Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

By Amena Bakr DUBAI, June 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad since early in Syria's conflict...

Russia Says It Will Not Allow Syrian No-Fly Zones

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

(Adds quotes, context) MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters) - Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, will not permit no-fly...

Egypt & Syria: The Tie That Binds No More

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Alexander Nicholson

Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced that he was cutting all ties with Syria, to include unilaterally ending the long-maintained diplomatic relationship between the two Arab countries and closing Egypt's embassy in Damascus.

Explosion Shakes Neighborhood Near Embassies In Damascus

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Four Shiite Lebanese men were killed Sunday in an ambush in a volatile area by the border with Syria, hiking already high sectarian ten...

4 Lebanese Shiites Killed In Ambush Near Syria

AP | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Security officials say four Lebanese Shiite Muslim men have been killed in an ambush in northeastern Lebanon. It was not immediately clea...

How Can Lebanon Survive the Syria Crisis?

Georges Pierre Sassine | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Georges Pierre Sassine

The current "wait and see" policy until a Syria resolution is reached will only exacerbate Lebanon's fragile position. This is why it is urgent that Lebanese, leaders and citizens, actively think of ways to shield Lebanon from the Syrian crisis.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought several reminders of the virtues of skepticism. On Thursday, the Obama administration announced it would "dramatically" increase U.S. aid to the Syrian rebels, citing an upgrade from "varying degrees of confidence" in April to "high confidence" this week that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. So the U.S. inches down the road of mission creep in a civil war featuring one side backed by Hezbollah and the other by "al-Qaeda-linked extremists." With the White House citing "high confidence" about WMD, what could possibly go wrong? Skepticism also greeted NSA head General Keith Alexander, who claimed that the agency's electronic surveillance had helped stop dozens of terror attacks, and that revelations about the program have done "great harm" to our security. Meanwhile, President Obama said he "welcomed" a public debate on the issue (Really? So why'd he keep the program hidden for years?). Once again, Einstein had it right: "Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth."

Intervention in Syria: Three Key Questions

Allan Gerson | Posted 08.15.2013 | World
Allan Gerson

Beyond humanitarian assistance to refugees in and outside the country and minimal lethal aid to identified "moderate" rebel groups, the American public is too tired, shell-shocked, and de-sensitized to by the disheartening experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to militarily intervene for Syria's civilian victims.

Syria, the UN, and Peacemaking in the Middle East

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Syrian civil war is now, for all intents and purposes, a regional and international conflict. It was exactly that for quite some time, but this week it has become too obvious even for all those who somehow hoped, against all odds, that the carnage is just an internal Syrian affair.

Clinton Offers 'Wuss' Warning To Obama On Syria

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton offered a stinging critique of President Barack Obama's inaction in Syria during a closed-press event this week, Politic...

Grim New Death Toll In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrians are being killed at an average rate of 5,000 per month, the U.N. said Thursday as it raised the overall death toll in the civil...

WATCH: Dramatic Footage Shows Syrian Rebels Firing On Copter

Benjamin Hart | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

Dramatic, unverified new footage shows Syrian rebels firing a shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missile, hitting a presumably state-controlled helicopt...

Finding Hope in Syria

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Joyce S. Dubensky

Among the privileges of my work is to know Tanenbaum's Peacemakers in Action. They are a group of rugged individuals, driven by faith, who seek peace ...

News Agencies Need Freelancers More Than Ever - They Should Treat Them Like The Professionals They Are

Lily Hindy | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Lily Hindy

The recent news that the Chicago Sun-Times had laid off its entire photography staff was a major blow to professional photographers everywhere, but it...

Al Qaeda Leader Announces Annulment Between Merged Terror Groups

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida's leader has tried to end squabbling between the terror network's Syrian and Iraqi branches, ordering the two groups to remain...

Syria's Electronic Warriors Wage War For Public Opinion

Agence France Presse | Serene Assir | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

Sometimes, attacks in Syria's bloody civil war start not with a bullet or a bomb blast, but with an innocuous-looking email.A message pings into an in...

Anti-Hezbollah Protester Killed In Lebanon

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Men wielding batons and wearing yellow arm bands evoking Lebanon's Hezbollah attacked protesters outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut ...

Netanyahu: Israel Can Only Rely On Its Own Security

AP | Posted 08.09.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the planned withdrawal of some U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights shows that the Jew...

Al Qaeda Leader Calls On Sunnis To Fight In Syria

AP | SEBASTIAN SCHEINER and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

QUNEITRA, Golan Heights — Syrian rebels briefly seized control of a border crossing along the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Thursday, prom...

Putin: Russian 'Game-Changer' Missiles Not In Syria Yet

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia hasn't yet fulfilled a contract to send sophisticated S-300 air defense missile syste...

Assad's Cousin Has Citizenship Revoked From Cyprus

AP | Posted 06.01.2013 | World

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Cyprus' government spokesman says Cypriot citizenship that was granted to the Syrian president's cousin two years ago has been revo...