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The Syrian Opposition Looks to Congress for Help

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

While Bashar al-Assad's military continues to consolidate its position in strategically important areas of central Syria, the Syrian Opposition Coalition is trying to counteract the regime's advances with a campaign of its own -- in Washington.

Syria Car Bomb Blasts Kill 18, Including 11 Children

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

BEIRUT, May 2 (Reuters) - Two car bombs in Syria's central province of Hama killed 18 people, including 11 children, and wounded 50 others on Friday...

Car Bomb Blast Kills 36 In Syrian City

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian government official says a car bomb has exploded in a predominantly Alawite district of the central city of Homs, kil...

Jimmy Carter, John Kerry and Their Best Friends

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Certainly there are many issues that both sides need to accommodate, but pundits rationalizing the isolation of Israel will only make the Palestinians more intransigent and the Israelis more fearful of the long shadow of history and their sworn determination that it will happen "Never Again."

The Powerful New Way to Help Syrian Children Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Kristin Wright

Syrian children continue to suffer immeasurably -- targeted by snipers, enduring hunger and displacement from their homes, a lack of health care, and the unsanitary conditions of massive refugee camps stretching out for miles.

MANPADS to Syria Rebels: Good or Bad Idea?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The query for President Obama on this subject is the same as it's always been: whether the benefits of sending MANPADS to Syria's moderate rebel battalions is worth the potential costs.

Syrian Jihadists Employ Soccer as Propaganda and Recruitment Tool

James Dorsey | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Jihadists have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda and recruitment purposes. A recent jihadist video suggested that an apparent Portuguese fighter in Syria was a former French international who had played for British premier league club Arsenal.

Assad and His Friends Brag About Winning

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The Obama administration's entire Syria policy rests on the foundation that Assad's internal calculation needs to change. A willingness by Assad to participate in serious and meaningful negotiations is the objective of this policy. Right now, that foundation is crumbling into dust.

Joshua Hersh

Some Syrian Revolutionaries Have Had Enough Of War | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Mosab Khalaf remembers the exact moment when he became a revolutionary, and the exact moment when he walked away. The first came...

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

Poison Gas Attack In Syria

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reported...

John Kerry Seen Going Door to Door, Offering to Broker Peace Deals

Spencer Green | Posted 06.09.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In an unusual development, Secretary of State John Kerry has been seen going door to door offering to broker peace deals for anyone who is interested.

Syria: 'Never Again' Is Now

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.08.2014 | 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.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

Syria Death Toll Surpasses 150,000

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — An activist group says the death toll in the three-year Syria's conflict has exceeded 150,000. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory...

Ukraine Crisis Bolstering Iran-Russia-China Axis

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The tensions between Russia and the West have further ratcheted up this week since the Crimean Peninsula's local government called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine. The current standoff between the West and Moscow concerning Ukraine might be viewed as the gravest instance of tension in the post-Cold War era.

Alawites Under Attack: A Syrian Update

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Bashar Assad is still VERY MUCH in trouble, he does not have the strategic initiative and the human toll of both sides is mounting, but let us remember a simple demographic fact: there are MANY MORE Sunnis than Alawites.

Amid Raging War, Assad Sets Up A Syrian Space Agency

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2014 | World

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

The Forgotten

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The story of the hundreds of thousands of children in Syria that pass through the gates of hell is yet to be told. Starving to death, burned to ashes, gassed, summarily executed, gunned down, tortured, orphaned, and displaced, the lucky ones become refugees facing an ever gloomier future.

Thousands Donated Their Photos To Make One Powerful Image

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact

One campaign is taking an artistic approach to raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. To mark the third anniversary of the Syria...

The End of Arab Dictatorship

Louay Safi | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Louay Safi

The age of the Arab dictatorship ended when tyrants opened fire on unarmed protestors. This, our most difficult battle, was won by heroes who sacrificed their futures for ours. A better tomorrow depends on our ability to find a new way of doing politics in our country and our region.

Syria -- Some Thoughts Three Years Later

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Both parties in Syria are having the same vision, though diametrically opposed to each other. They want to survive as communities, but they act as if their particular survival cannot happen by having a co-existence of equals.

What Happens in Syria Doesn't Stay in Syria

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.14.2014 | 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.

Duties Beyond Borders?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Joseph S. Nye

More than 130,000 people are said to have died in Syria's civil war. United Nations reports of atrocities, Internet images of attacks on civilians, and accounts of suffering refugees rend our hearts. But what is to be done -- and by whom?