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Containment or Eradication: What Is the United State's True Plan in Syria?

Mathew Markman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Mathew Markman

Despite broad international support for the U.S.-led coalition against IS, the fundamental characteristics of the Syrian conflict remain unchanged.

Video Allegedly Shows Aftermath Of New Gas Attack In Syria

AP | DIAA HADID and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and...

Joshua Hersh

Some Syrian Revolutionaries Have Had Enough Of War

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Alleged Victim Qusai Zakarya: The Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Was Like Judgment Day

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

On August 21, 2013 at around 4:45am, Qusai Zakarya heard terrifying alarms coming from the Syrian capital Damascus. "It was the kind of noise you...

Joshua Hersh

It's Presidential Campaign Season In Syria. This Is What It Looks Like

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- It started around the recent peace talks in Geneva, people say. One by one, the metal security grates outside the shops that li...

Joshua Hersh

Syrian Government Promotes Local Ceasefires As The Way Out Of War

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- When peace came to Ish al-Warwar, a pro-government, working-class neighborhood in the steep hills along this city’s northeastern ...

Startup Weekend Damascus: Entrepreneurship in a War Zone

Startup Weekend | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

By Ross Buchanan Imperialism, ideology, and war are not historically unique developments in a city that predates human record. After ten millennia...

Of Air and Freedom -- Going for a Run in Tehran

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Maryam Zar

This morning as I was jogging I remembered what it was like to go for a jog in Iran. The stifling plastic garment called a "badgyr" (wind catcher) I had to wear over my body in order to look gender neutral, lest the gaze of a male graze my way.

Syria: Satellite Imagery Shows Entire Neighborhoods Gone

Human Rights Watch | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

Satellite imagery, witness statements, and video and photographic evidence show that Syrian authorities deliberately and unlawfully demolished thousands of residential buildings in Damascus and Hama in 2012 and 2013.

Palestinians In Syria Dying Of Starvation And Illness

AP | Posted 01.29.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or the lack of medical aid in a Palestinian camp in Damascus besieged for months by for...

Joshua Hersh

UN Confirms First Delivery Of Aid To Starving Palestinians In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Assad's Fan Club Is Growing for All the Wrong Reasons

Daniel Nisman | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Jihadist-jittery governments are increasingly buying Assad's argument that a rebel victory will turn Syria into a haven for extremism and foment regional instability. What they fail to realize is that Assad is duping them into choosing between one extremist future for Syria and another.

UN: 15 Die Of Hunger-Related Illnesses In Syria's Damascus

AP | Posted 12.30.2013 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. official in Syria says 15 people have died of hunger-related illnesses in a besieged area of Damascus that is home to Palestini...

Who Unleashed Chemical Weapons in Syria? The UN Won't Say

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Russia said the U.S. deliberately ignored Moscow's study on the Aleppo area attacks. This accusation, without a definitive UN report, left cherry picking journalists and ideologues free to choose an easy version that suited them: a U.S. conspiracy or Russian deceptiveness.

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Syrians Flee Damascus During Temporary Cease-Fire

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Nearly 2,000 Syrians fled the war-ravaged Damascus district of Moadamiyeh Tuesday with the help of aid wor...

Syria's Divisive Impact on Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The violent clashes that erupted last month between Sunni Islamists and Shi'ite rebels in Yemen's Amran province were partly a reaction to U.S. President Obama's declaration of his intention to launch a military strike against Syria.

America Fererra To Play Lawyer Nun On CBS

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.16.2013 | TV

America Ferrera is trading her braces for a Bible as she leaves "Ugly Betty" behind for a courtroom drama. According to Deadline, Ferrera is set to pl...

Letter from Damascus -- Where Were the Shells Fired From?

Wild River Review | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Wild River Review

By Joy E. Stocke Where were the shells fired from? Where did they land? What building did they destroy? How many people were killed? No answe...

Living With Sarin

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

ZAMALKA, Syria, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old Mohammad al Zeibaa lost his entire family in the sarin gas attack east of Damascus six weeks ago,...

Mortar Shell Hits Iraqi Consulate In Damascus

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Sept 26 (Reuters) - A mortar shell hit the Iraqi consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, killing an Iraqi woman and wounding...

UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors Return To Damascus

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - U.N. chemical weapons inspectors returned to Syria on Wednesday to continue investigating allegations of chemical weap...

Me, Mik and the Atomic Bomb

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.24.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Throughout that long September weekend CNN had the only camera watching the Air Force live as it attempted to cope with and cover up a potential nuclear disaster. I believe to this day, if it hadn't been for Mik and our flatbed truck, the Air Force might've gotten away with it.

Several Wounded After Blast Hits Syrian Capital

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

Sept 24 (Reuters) - An explosion in southern Damascus killed and wounded several people on Tuesday, state television said. Syrian TV s...

Mortar Hits Russian Embassy In Damascus

AP | JAMAL HALABY and JIM HEINTZ | Posted 11.22.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — A mortar round landed inside the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, as Moscow said it was willing...