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Syrian Uprising

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.

What Do Syrians Want? Q & A on the Syrian Freedom Charter

Danny Postel | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Syrian Freedom Charter is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want.

Joshua Hersh

War In Black And White: On The Front Lines With Syria's Army | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.11.2014 | World

SLONFEH, Syria -- The commander tore off a piece of bread and dipped it into a platter of hummus. Before him sat a spread of simple mountain dishes an...

Crowds and Revolutions versus the Bonds That Endure

Marc Gopin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

The only hope for creating real social change globally is when we as individuals create solid bonds of empathy and legal equality across racial, ethni...

This One Photo Will Show You Just How Terrible The Syrian Refugee Crisis Is

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

A sea of hungry, haunted faces looks out from a massive queue that snakes through the bombed out Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Syria. In the photo,...

I Was Born in Australia, Made in Syria

Ranya Alkadamani | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Ranya Alkadamani

Nothing was more stark to me than seeing 200 refugees coming across the border from Syria into Jordan. As I pulled up in the UNHCR 4WD and saw the line of people carrying all they could -- their blankets, their babies, their lives -- my heart stopped.

Joshua Hersh

UN Confirms First Delivery Of Aid To Starving Palestinians In Syria | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

NEW YORK -- The United Nations has confirmed that a batch of desperately needed food aid has finally reached some of the thousands of Palestinians ref...

The Orphaned Revolution

Talal Alyan | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Talal Alyan

There was always a peculiar insistence on categorizing Syria with an asterisk, separating it from other revolts in the region. It has been impugned or obscured by a narrative that would never grant it the basic concession that any domestic insurrection against a despot should be encouraged.

Where Days Are Like Years: Winter Rains Deepen Suffering of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

His 80 years etched into the deep contours of his face and his sky-blue eyes dimmed with sadness, Abdul raises his voice to be heard over the clatter of rain and says, 'Last night, we were wet and cold. All we have is blankets, nothing else, to stay warm.'


Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Al-Sham is a tribute to the people of Syria: a letter of love and solidarity. I am preparing for the premiere of this new cello suite with a deep desire of peace for the Syrian people and with the hope that, in a year from now, we will not have another massacre that eclipses the killings of this year.

The World's Policeman Stops for a Donut

Will Durst | Posted 11.13.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Well, this is odd. The heck with an exit strategy. We can't even work out an admittance maneuver. The automatic door-opener that proved so reliable fo...

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.

6 Peaceful (and Legal) Alternatives to War in Syria

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will military strikes help ordinary Syrians or harm them? Will more violence deter the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, or exacerbate the problem? Have all other possibilities been exhausted, or are there peaceful solutions that haven't been tried?

How Obama Can Get Out of the Syrian Bind He's In

Ian Bassin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Ian Bassin

President Obama is right to believe the world must respond to Assad, both for his chemical weapons usage and for his even more deadly indiscriminate killing of civilians for the past two-plus years. But we are a nation -- and ideally a world -- of laws and not of men.

Least Bad U.S. Option for Syria: The 'Dual Track' Strategy

Loren White | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Loren White

Proper application of the dual track approach requires that the amount of pressure matches one's desired objectives. The larger the objectives, the greater the pressure needed.

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

Arming the Syrian Rebels: A Terrible Idea

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Obama's proposal to take sides in the Syrian war is wrong. It is arrogant. It ignores our destructive history in the Middle East and the perception by all parties in the region that everything we do there is motivated by our blatant bias toward Israel.

Palin Makes Eyebrow-Raising Remarks On Obama, Syria

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) criticized President Barack Obama while speaking at the annual meeting of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Saturday,...

How Obama Crossed His Own 'Red Line' After Months Of Debate

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

By Warren Strobel and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) - President Obama's decision to arm Syrian rebels for the first ti...

Clinton Offers 'Wuss' Warning To Obama On Syria

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton offered a stinging critique of President Barack Obama's inaction in Syria during a closed-press event this week, Politic...

The Case for American Intervention in Syria

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

America's motives for intervening in Syria, as they were in World War II, might be a mix of humanitarian ideals and selfish agendas, but that does not mean that we should shy away from our responsibility to others or to ourselves.

Joshua Hersh

Joe Biden Not Up For 'One Murderous Gang Replacing Another' | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.04.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- In a pair of speeches at the annual gathering of a major pro-Israel group, top U.S. and Israeli leaders expressed deep concerns about th...

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.

Strategically Change Tactics -- Document Rape as a War Crime

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Treating rape as a war crime is not just a human rights concern; its documentation means that Syrian civil society will take on the 'weapon of war' by owning the the process of accountability.

Why Israel Won't Attack Syria

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Brent E. Sasley

The argument that Israel would become involved is similar to the notion that Turkey will soon be drawn into Syria because of cross-border violence. That argument has been effectively disproved, and we can follow similar logic for explaining why Israel won't, either.