To be blunt, Syria's presidential contest is indeed incredibly insulting to anyone who can legitimately call himself or herself a democrat. Yet the voting that the Syrian National Coalition has called a "blood election" is an integral part of Assad's strategy for the war.
The video opens up on smiling laughing children. It's your normal "Happy" video -- joining videos from America, Germany, Egypt and Australia, to name a few -- but there's a slight twist to it: The people in the video are Syrian.
The tears began to mix with the shower water streaming down my face as Tom Petty's "American Girl" blasted from the thin speakers of my iPhone. The desperate words, "Why don't you help us," echoed in my head.
The Iranian former foreign minister may claim that the Syrian president "will take part, and the Syrian people will elect whomever they want," but this is clearly nonsense. This will be an election carried out in the midst of war. It will be entirely unrepresentative of freedom, pluralism and democracy.
Standing in the shade of olive trees on a hill in north-west Jordan, the peaceful spring afternoon was suddenly shattered. From across the valley came the heavy thud of shelling from Syria's border villages.
In a recent press release, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) referred to Tuesday's attack upon its experts and UN inspectors in Syria as a "blatant attempt to prevent the facts being brought to light." ...
What President Obama has not been able to achieve in the past six years is to convince his people and the world that his foreign policy is sound, and that it serves U.S. interests and the cause of America's international leadership.
There is new momentum to build on in the wake of Pope Francis's visit to Jordan and the Holy Land. The Pontiff raised the core issue at hand in no uncertain terms.
Syrian opposition forces have won a number of significant military victories in Idlib governorate in recent days. Practically speaking, this string of victories will advance a long-term opposition military strategy aimed at posing an increased threat to the government's control of Idlib city and Hama governorate.
The drastic decrease in water availability, water mismanagement, agricultural failures, and related economic deterioration contributed to Syria's population dislocations and the migration of rural communities to nearby cities.
In the space of a few months Ukraine has been embroiled in two uprisings. Both have appeared equally legitimate, both have been bloody and both have had the backing of differently aligned foreign governments. So why has the media characterised the US-backed one as a democratic right and the other as troublemaking by Russia?
The majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents in the country don't want the U.S. government to be running around the world, bombing other people's countries all the time, so the New York Times and its favored "critics" can go pound sand.
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.
Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan -- will never, ever happen again.
We took his book The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising as a starting point from which to examine the roots of the Syrian uprising, the nature of the Assad regime, the different shapes of the uprisings across the region, and the fate of Syria.
Justice for the victims in Syria will not be possible for now but the resolute and principled action of States Parties has brought a discussion of accountability to the table. As the United Kingdom stated, the collection and preservation of evidence will allow justice to be done -- eventually.