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Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Ukraine's Fight Is Europe's Battle

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The confrontation in Kiev is the focus. Less discussed, Putin's Kremlin has sought to block closer economic and political ties between the EU and several other states that it dominated during the Soviet Union.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

The World's Silence on Syria Is a Silence of Hypocrites

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Eventually, Assad or his sons must renounce power; history teaches that no repressive regime lasts forever. But how long until this family falls? How long until "might makes right" is replaced by morality, until the pen and law and human decency really do triumph over the sword?

Will Syrian Christians Remain Neutral In The Face Of War?

USA Today | Stephen Starr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

ISTANBUL (RNS) A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of Maaloula, where a dialect of the A...

Assad Forces Fear Syrian Rebel Rampage After U.S. Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 8 (Reuters) - It isn't the U.S. cruise missiles that terrify Saleem, a pro-government militia fighter who survived some of the toughest...

Bush's Iraq Makes Obama's Syria a Much Tougher Sell

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When the president takes the country to war... ...

Red Lines & Deadlines: Syria (Seriously)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Sorting through the options. (Hint: There aren't any good ones.) ...

Syria Strike - Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.

Assad Regime Frees Women In Hopes Of Prisoner Swap

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Mortar shells struck near a major Shiite shrine outside Damascus on Friday, killing its caretaker in an attack that threatens to furthe...

6 Children Killed As Syrian Regime Pounds North

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops pounded rebel-held villages around the northern city of Idlib with rockets, artillery and airstrikes, killing ...

Syrian Troops Shell Damascus Suburb, At Least 11 Dead

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.01.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian troops shelled a suburb of Damascus Tuesday, killing at least 11 people including women and children, as government forces forge...

Syria Betrayed

Marwan Bishara | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Marwan Bishara

When it comes to Syria, Iraq and Palestine, the international community has proven to be neither international nor a community.

Syria Rebel: 'Assad Needs To Be Hit Hard'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels and activists say they fear President Bashar al-Assad's troops could r...

BATTLE OF QUSAIR: Syrian Army Deals Major Blow To Rebels

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

BAALBEK, Lebanon — Syrian troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies captured a strategic border town Wednesday after a grueling three-week batt...

In Syria, Assad Increasingly Holds Upper Hand

AP | ZEINA KARAM and BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.31.2013 | World

BEIRUT — As hopes for a Syrian peace conference fade and the opposition falls into growing disarray, President Bashar Assad has every reason to ...

28 Hezbollah Fighters Reportedly Killed In Syria Clashes

AP | ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Hezbollah was pulled more deeply into Syria's civil war as 28 guerrillas from the Lebanese Shiite militant group were killed and dozens...

Thousands Estimated To Be Held In Secret By Assad

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.17.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- About 30 security agents showed up just after midnight, breaking down the door to an apartment in the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital...

The Widening Gyre in Syria

Amir Madani | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Amir Madani

The war in Syria is part of a broader geopolitical trend. Beyond the internal partie, regional and global players with different shades of policy and self-interest make this more than a civil war; it has become an increasingly widening world war, if still only by proxy.

Syrian Troops Push Into Center Of Homs

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.02.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country's third...

LOOK: Major Assassination Attempts In Syria

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.29.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition forces have targeted government officials, army and police officers and civil servants in their campaign to topple Preside...

Syrian Government Official Assassinated In Damascus

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

BEIRUT — An artillery shell slammed into a pickup truck, killing nine members of a family during fierce fighting on Friday in Syria as U.S. offi...

Syrian Regime Launches Air Strikes, Warns Rebels Via Text Message

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 06.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT — After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread airstrikes and an oper...

Assad Warns Of 'Domino Effect' From Regime Change

AP | BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad warned the fall of his regime or the breakup of Syria will unleash a "domino effect" that will fuel Middle East ...

Syria Blames Oil Well Fires On Rebels

AP | Posted 05.31.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Heavy shelling in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo sent civilians fleeing for their lives on Sunday, and the state news ag...