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Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


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...

Praying for Our Enemies

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Inner peace allows us the time and space we need to communicate with God, not in "I need this/please help this person" kind of way but in the "what am I supposed to do with my life" kind of way.

U.N. Invites Iran To Syria Peace Talks

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Syria's political opposition said on Monday it will withdraw from international peace talks scheduled this week unl...

Joshua Hersh

Aid Group Goes Public With Deaths Of Staff In Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- Three aid workers with the Czech humanitarian organization People In Need were killed by a mortar strike in the Syrian city of Aleppo last...

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.

Report: Western Spy Agencies Approach Assad Gov't

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | World

DUBAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to d...

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.

Rebel Infighting Kills Nearly 500 In Syria Over The Past Week

AP | Posted 03.12.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An activist group says rebel infighting in northern Syria has killed nearly 500 people over the past week. The Britain-...

Syria Lurches From Bad to Worse

Allan Topol | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Allan Topol

At this point, we have no ally in Syria with any strength or credibility. The U.S. has a choice of backing the Islamic Front, which it finds repugnant, or it can acquiesce to Assad's continued rule. Another bad choice. The January peace conference in Switzerland will be a farce if it even occurs.

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...

Joshua Hersh

Regrouped Syrian Rebels Fight Back Against Hardline Islamist Group | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- A hardline Syrian militant group with ties to al Qaeda has steadily lost ground in northern Syria against a recent surge of rebranded rebels...

Two Evils in the Syrian Revolution

Hind Kabawat | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

When someone asks me if I prefer cancer (their reference to al Qaeda) or an infection (referring to the Syrian regime), I want to tell them that they are comparing evil to evil, and that they are forgetting the activists on the grounds who have no affiliation with either group.

Are We Eating Our Young?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Deborah J. Levine

Increasingly, our compassionate acts are like band aids, more temporary and less effective every year. How else can we use our humanity to magnify our efforts, to change the trajectory of the destruction of our children, our future?

Climate Change This Week: The Good, The Bad, The Old, The New in 2013, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Jingle right along with us this week, folks, for the usual up and down sleigh ride! Most Important Climate Message: "You CAN Do Something About It" i...

What to Do Next About Syria

James P. Farwell | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
James P. Farwell

It didn't take long for the Syrian rebel Supreme Military Council to unload on the U.S. and U.K. as co-conspirators in a scheme to hand over Syria to violent extremist Islamists as the U.S. and U.K. cancelled non-lethal aid to the rebels.

Ignore Saudi and Israeli Goading for a More Muscular U.S. Mideast Policy

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

In the cases of both Syria and Iran, the Saudis and Israelis don't really like the progress Obama has made by negotiation, because it ruins their not-so-hidden agenda of inciting the United States to attack, and thus weaken, their regional rivals.

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.

The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

Marwan Bishara | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

The antagonism and deadlock between the military and their opposition, notably the Islamists, will eventually lead to the emergence of new, decentralized and violent groups as witnessed in Syria. It's the ultimate sign of a "failed state."

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

'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.

UN: Syrians Systematically Disappear Without A Trace

AP | BARBARA SURK and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.19.2013 | World

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of U.N. investigators said Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people ...

This Is The Plan To Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons | Posted 12.18.2013 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has finalized its plan for the destruction of Syria's stockpi...