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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...

Tower of Babel

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Unless the Russian position changes, the departure of Assad, who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Syrian civilians, does not seem in the cards anytime soon.

Geneva and What Is Happening on the Ground in Syria

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.24.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

So, there is now Geneva 2, possibly Geneva 3 and 4, but not one meaningful peace accord. The civil war will continue, and not many Syrians will be as lucky as a girl aged 17 who was treated medically in Israel, and now appealed to the Israeli High Court against being sent back to Syria...

Tense Exchange Between UN Chief And Syria's FM At Peace Talks

AP | Associated Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — The bell ran five times during Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem's speech Wednesday at the opening session of th...

Violence In Syria Continues As Peace Talks Begin

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Government forces and rebels clashed across Syria and aid groups called on the international community to ensure that supplie...

Foes Clash Over Assad At Syria Peace Conference

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2014 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska and Stephanie Nebehay MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Syria's government and opposition, meeting for t...

Kerry: Assad Will Not Be Part Of Syria's Transitional Government

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no way that Syrian President Bashar Assad can be part of a transitiona...

Iran, Russia Criticize UN For Syria Talks Snub

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Russia and Iran criticized the U.N. chief's decision to withdraw Tehran's invitation to join this week's peace conference on Syria, as...

Group: Over 1000 Killed In Syria Rebel Infighting

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - More than 1,000 people have died in two weeks of fighting between al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria and rival rebels, a ...

The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict

James Dorsey | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
James Dorsey

It is becoming increasingly clear that the hopes in 2011 of a new dawn sparked by the toppling of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were little more than pie in the sky. Nevertheless, the genie of inevitable change has been let out of the bottle.

World Pledges $2.4 Billion To Ease Syria Crisis

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

By Sylvia Westall and Warren Strobel KUWAIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Western and Gulf Arab nations pledged more than $2.4 billion on Wednes...

Syrian Rebels and the Ref

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Jeff Danziger

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Report: Syrian Rebels Targeted Chemical Weapons Depots

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Western diplomat says Syria's representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says insurg...

Syrian Rebels' Fight With Al Qaeda Group Spreads

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebel fighters freed at least 50 people Monday held captive by an al-Qaida-linked faction after clashes between the rival sides...

Anti-Semitism in France, the Responsibility to Protect, Timorous Europe, and Obama's New Isolationism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A Europe ashamed and disgraced, a Europe discounted, a Europe in name but not in deed, a Europe afraid of its own shadow -- that's a sure path to decline for all of the nations that make it up. On this point, the outcome of the next elections will be critical.

Syrian Rebels Battle Al Qaeda-Linked Fighters

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels seized a compound held by al-Qaida-linked militants Sunday as their one-time allies used car bombs against them, some of...

5 Doctors Without Borders Staffers Seized In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Five staffers of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders have been taken in for questioning in northern Syria, the ...

'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to Hear

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

We need to hear the word "ceasefire" from the lips of major diplomats and strategists. The people of Syria will die without it, and everyone will gain something from ceasefire.

Death Toll In Syria Surpasses 130,000

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Dec 31 (Reuters) - The death toll in Syria's civil war has risen to at least 130,433, more than a third of them civilians on both sides of t...

UN: 15 Die Of Hunger-Related Illnesses In Syria's Damascus

AP | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. official in Syria says 15 people have died of hunger-related illnesses in a besieged area of Damascus that is home to Palestini...

Dozens Killed In Aleppo Air Strike

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Government forces widened a bombing campaign in rebel-held areas of northern Syria on Monday, striking one of the main border towns ne...

A Precarious Christmas

James Zogby | Posted 02.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

This year, as Arab Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised "peace on earth, good will to men" will appear, at best, as a remote dream.

'Barrel Bomb' Terror: What I Saw in a Syrian Border Hospital

Kristin Wright | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Kristin Wright

I learned firsthand of the barrel bomb while visiting with Aisha, a young woman my own age, lying on a small bed in a crowded hospital along Syria's border with Turkey. In the last three days nearly 200 people have been killed in barrel bomb attacks by Syrian regime helicopters in Aleppo.

From Terror to Counter-Terrorism: Radicalization in Syria and the Rising Legitimacy of the Assad Regime

Mathew Markman | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

U.S. concerns with the formation and subsequent actions of the Islamic Front, combined with the continued prominence of al-Qaeda linked factions in Syria, are likely to further diminish international pressure on the Assad regime, providing it with a golden opportunity to seek renewed legitimacy.