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Syria Conflict

Syria: 'Never Again' Is Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Politicians and government leaders often excuse their inaction on Syria with words like "complicated." And we know that many government leaders once felt the same way about Rwanda.

Syria to Be Referred to ICC? Not a Chance

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.06.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the United Nations Security Council has been underperforming or underachieving on the Syria file would be a colossal understatement. The Syrian rebellion against Bashar al-Assad is now in its fourth year -- the four deadliest years in Syria's modern history.

Syria Refugee Crisis Hits Staggering Milestone

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) — Yahya was trapped in his hometown for two years by Syria's civil war, moving from house to house to avoid shells and bullets...

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.

Syrian Civil War Is Killing Kids' Chances Of Beating Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

The inaccessibility to health care in Syria is only adding to the death toll of the war. A country that was once envied for its government-funded healthcare system is now only a shell of that, with 60 percent of its hospitals destroyed or damaged, and many doctors exiting the country as swiftly as everyone else.

Syrian Nonviolent Movements Do Exist

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

the policy and media focus on militant operations overshadow nonviolent Syrian initiatives, which overlooks the necessary factors for peace and reconciliation. Syria nonviolent movements do exist -- and persist -- but without much attention.

Struggling to Save a Generation of Syrian School Children on the Second Shift

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 03.21.2014 | College
Keith David Watenpaugh

Even if the war in Syria ends soon, the lost generation of Syrian children won't have the basic skills like literacy needed to rebuild their country.

2013 Global Emergencies Stretched Resources 'To The Limit': Report

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

Last year was the worst year for humanitarian crises in two decades, and international aid organizations are feeling the strain. Dr. Richard J. Bre...

Amid Raging War, Assad Sets Up A Syrian Space Agency

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, fighting an internal uprising for the last three years, approved a bill ...

Saving the Children of Syria, Saving Dreams

William Lambers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
William Lambers

Over two million other Syrians have fled the country. They can escape the fighting, but hunger and cold still exist. The host countries are welcoming but it's difficult to provide for this population that grows daily.

What Happens in Syria Doesn't Stay in Syria

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 03.14.2014 | 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.

It Was the (Arab) Spring of Hope, It Was the (Syrian) Winter of Despair

Maryam Saleh | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Maryam Saleh

On this third anniversary, countless people -- including many of those who emerged in the first protests during March 2011 -- will argue that Syria is now living the worst of times.

Report: Medical Care In Syria Is 'Horrific,' Preventable Diseases Resurging

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact

* Some 60 percent of hospitals damaged or destroyed * Diseases including polio resurging * Patients have died from recei...

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hints Of More Aggressive Options On Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- Ever since President Barack Obama expressed "enormous frustration" over the situation in Syria at a press conference last week, a number o...

Kerry Accuses Syrian Leader Of Stonewalling Peace Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.17.2014 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and is calling...

Startup Weekend Damascus: Entrepreneurship in a War Zone

Startup Weekend | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Ross Buchanan Imperialism, ideology, and war are not historically unique developments in a city that predates human record. After ten millennia...

Syria: There's A Deal To Evacuate Civilians From Besieged City Of Homs

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 04.08.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- State-run Syrian TV says an agreement has been reached to evacuate civilians from besieged parts of the central city of Homs. The TV...

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.

First Breakthrough In Syrian Peace Talks

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria took a first tentative ste...

Aid To Besieged City At Center Of Syrian Peace Talks

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian government anger over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition prompted the U.N. mediator to cut short Tuesday's peace t...

From the Heart of the World Economic Forum, Syria Reaches Out to the World

Rouba Mhaissen | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Rouba Mhaissen

First and foremost is highlighting peace as the number one demand for Syria today. It is of crucial importance to place a UN Security Council resolution as a top priority today.

Peace Talks Hit More Trouble As Syrian Rebel City 'Starves'

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the...

U.S. Resumes Nonlethal Aid To Syrian Opposition

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.27.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United States has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, officials said Monday, more than a month after a...

Syria: Enough Is Enough

James Zogby | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This degree of U.S. involvement may not be welcomed by many Americans and it will likely be rejected in many parts of the Arab World. But enough is enough. Something must be done to help end this Syrian nightmare.

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...