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Obama and the World's Ills

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's hard to recall a time when the world presented more crises with fewer easy solutions. And for the Republicans, all of these woes have a common genesis: American weakness projected by Barack Obama. People in the Middle East, former Vice President Dick Cheney said recently, "are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president." He added, "We've got a problem with weakness, and it's centered right in the White House." Really? It's instructive to ask: What exactly would a Republican president advised by Cheney do in each of these crises? Let's take them one at a time.

Heavy Clashes Between Hezbollah And Syrian Rebels Leave Many Dead

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after exp...

ISIS Expands It Control In Syria

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages a...

Syria Refugees Set To Exceed A Third Of Lebanon's Population

Reuters | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

By Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, July 3 (Reuters) - Lebanon faces the threat of political and economic collapse as the number o...

Obama Seeking $500 Million To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Ob...

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Ban Ki-moon

Dangerous sectarian tensions, massive movements of refugees, daily atrocities and spreading instability make the civil war in Syria a global threat. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake across the devastated landscape that is Syria today.

U.S.: Syria May Have Launched Airstrikes In Iraq

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Syria launched airstrikes into western Iraq on Tuesday in an attempt to slow the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency ...

The Conflicts In Iraq And Syria Are Merging

AP | By ZEINA KARAM and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 06.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a reflection of how intertwined the Syria and Iraq conflicts have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Ba...

Syria Refugee Crisis Hits New Milestone

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2014 | World

ANKARA, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish...

This Syrian Boy Forgot How To Write After Being Torn Away From School. He's Just 1 Of A Million

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact

Mohammad returns home to a quiet house around 11 p.m. each day. He has five sisters, but they're all asleep by the time he's finished his laborious 12...

Incredible Photos Show The Devastation Of Homs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Golden | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard shared a series of powerful images from Homs on her Twitter account this week while reporting from the...

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

This Syrian-Born Artist Is Using Her Illustrations To Help Child Refugees

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Lina Safar moved from her native Syria to Tampa with her U.S.-born husband in 2010, she assumed she would return occasionall...

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

The Story Behind the Polls

James Zogby | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To pick one result, while ignoring this "big picture" is to "miss the forest for the trees." Pointing out a result is as easy as finding a number on a chart. But understanding the meaning of that result is the key to making sense of this or any poll.

How Hezbollah Is Changing the War in Syria – and Vice Versa

Sahar Atrache | Posted 06.06.2014 | World
Sahar Atrache

Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has achieved significant gains. The result, however, has been that Hezbollah ("party of God" in Arabic), once widely respected by Sunnis in Syria and the region for its military struggle against Israel, is now frequently dubbed the "Party of Satan."

First American Suicide Bomber In Syria Identified

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

UDPATE 6.12 PM -- Law enforcement officials identified the American bomber as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the New York Times reports. The newspaper adds...

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Head Of Syrian Air Defense Killed

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The head of Syria's air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, a government official and activists said S...

The Importance of Vision

James Zogby | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Looking 100 years down the road, I can see an Arab boy from Amman marrying an Israeli girl from Tel Aviv and taking a job and settling down in the suburbs of Damascus. What I mean is that I envision a region at peace with itself.

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.

Ticking Time Bomb: Jordan's Islamists and the Rise of ISIS in the Hashemite Kingdom

Mathew Markman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

A beacon of stability in the Middle East, the Hashemite Kingdom is perpetually challenged by the need to moderate between the monarchy's pro-Western orientation and the Islamist tendencies of the country's population.

Syrian Troops Enter Last Rebel-Held Areas Of Homs

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of Syrians, some snapping photographs with their cell phones, wandered down paths carved out of rubble in the old quarte...

On the Syrian Border, an Orphanage Provides Hope for the Future

Chris Looney | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Chris Looney

"We are going to turn all this into a garden," says Atassi, waving her hand towards the driveway. Looking out over the barren property, it seems like an impossible task. But as we leave, I notice a single red rose blooming among a small patch of weeds.

Despite All The Bloodshed, Bashar Assad Still Wants To Be President

AP | Posted 06.28.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker says President Bashar Assad has declared his candidacy for the June 3 presidential elections. Speaker Ji...