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Syrian Conflict

At Least 45 Killed In Triple Bombing Near Damascus Shrine

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 01.31.2016 | World

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab ...

Toward a People's History of the Syrian Uprising -- A Conversation with Wendy Pearlman

Danny Postel | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Danny Postel

In the increasingly disfigured debate about Syria, it is scarcely even remembered that it all began as a popular uprising--indeed, as a nonviolent and non-sectarian one whose goals were dignity, justice, and freedom from a one-family mafia torture state in power for more than four decades.

Syrian Blogger Offers An Intimate, Haunting View Of Life In A War Zone

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.02.2015 | Media

Global Voices: Dispatches From Syria: Marcell Shehwaro on Life in Aleppo Amid the dozens of stories about the refugee crisis in Europe, it can be eas...

Will Putin Exchange Donbass for Syria?

Georgy Bovt | Posted 09.17.2015 | World
Georgy Bovt

MOSCOW -- Will Syria become a second Afghanistan for Russia? Is it wise for Russia to intervene in that conflict? Rumors are circulating that Moscow is planning a face-saving maneuver whereby it gradually "hands over" the Donbass in fulfillment of the Minsk agreement while aiding the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Syria to get back on good terms with the West. The plan sounds good in theory, but it looks unfeasible in practice.

A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

James Zogby | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.

The World's Children Deserve A Safer, Healthier World. Let's Give It To Them

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Ann M. Veneman

They were so young, and yet looked so sad. I looked into the faces of these children... hundreds of them... all gathered together at a UNICEF program in Malawi, one of the countries hardest hit by AIDS.

A Syrian Mother's Strength In Times Of War

Mama Fatema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Mama Fatema

In 2012, my children and I awoke to the sound of heavy clashes erupting outside of our home in Qudsaya, Syria. We could hear the sound of bullets and gunfire dangerously close to us. I was scared and on the verge of tears, but I refused to let my children see me cry.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the Na...

Life for Refugees in Lebanon Becoming Increasingly Harsh

Caroline Gluck | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Caroline Gluck

Some families were in self-constructed shelters, using plastic sheets and pieces of wood. Many of their shelters had let in snow and water -- bringing misery to their inhabitants trying to stay warm. Aid agencies politely call the living conditions of these people "substandard." In truth, they are squalid and often unfit for human habitation.

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

The Clever, 'Democratically Supported,' Bloodthirsty Tyrant

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

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.

Canadian Hezbollah Commander Killed In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

BEIRUT, May 27 (Reuters) - A senior Lebanese-Canadian commander in the Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah has been killed in Syria where he was...

Syria Begins Presidential Election Campaigns Amid Devastating War

AP | By ALBERT AJI | Posted 07.11.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — On billboards and in posters taped to car windows, new portraits of President Bashar Assad filled the streets of Damascus on ...

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...

The Challenges of the New Year

James Zogby | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
James Zogby

The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.

Colbert Is Totally Baffled By Rand Paul

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 11.12.2013 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert hates Obama. Rand Paul hates Obama. So why is it so hard for Stephen Colbert to agree with Rand Paul? Oh, right, because Paul's critic...

Veterans: Obama Must Remember Lessons Of Iraq And Afghanistan

Posted 09.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As a fiery debate continues about whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria, veterans of America's most recent military conflicts visited HuffPost Li...

The Kurdish Quest in Syria

Delovan Barwari | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
Delovan Barwari

The tragedy unfolding in Syria will likely provide an opportunity for the Kurds of Syria to achieve their political and cultural rights under a federal democratic system or possibly establishing an independent Kurdish state in the post Assad era.

Obama Meets Putin

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Between Bombing Or Doing Nothing

Luis Moreno Ocampo | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Luis Moreno Ocampo

The Syrian conflict offers the world an opportunity: to find an innovative response to establish global order.

Congress on Vacation

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Too Burned Out on War to Care

John Michael | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
John Michael

We have a clear understanding of where the line in the sand is, we just aren't willing to do anything if and when it is crossed. It's hearing your neighbor beating his wife and turning on the air conditioning.

The Great Game in Syria

Ali Younes | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Ali Younes

The visit by U.S. secretary of state John Kerry to Russia earlier this week gave hope that an imminent diplomatic breakthrough in Syria is on the horizon.

The Final Letter Written By Olivier Voisin, a French Photographer Who Died of His Wounds in Syria

Antoine Vitkine | Posted 04.26.2013 | World
Antoine Vitkine

At the request of Olivier Voisin's family who did not want the letter to be published, I have decided to remove it from my blog.

Syrian Artists Get Revolutionary

ARTINFO | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts

Not so long ago it looked like Damascus was in line to once again become a global center for art, with a burgeoning gallery scene and a growing intern...