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Syrian jihadists employ soccer as propaganda and recruitment tool

James Dorsey | Posted 04.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Jihadists, often eager to exploit soccer for their ideological goals, have found a new way of employing the game for propaganda an...

'80 Percent' Of Syria's Chemical Weapons Removed

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2014 | World

BEIRUT, April 19 (Reuters) - Syria has shipped out or destroyed approximately 80 percent of its declared chemical weapons material, the head of the ...

4 French Journalists Held Hostage In Syria Freed

AP | DIAA HADID and ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 04.19.2014 | Media

PARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturda...

Somali Refugees Tell Syrian Children: You Are Not Alone

Posted 04.18.2014 | World

Three years into the conflict in Syria, more than 5 million of the country's children are living as refugees -- often in the most dire of circumstance...

Max J. Rosenthal

Syrian Activists Fighting -- And Failing -- To Spark Action

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- When the Syrian civil war began more than three years ago, Mariam Hamou took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about the brutality ...

LOOK: Artists Create Beauty Out Of Scrap In Syria... And Win A World Record

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, March 31 (Reuters) - A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world's biggest mural made of recycled materials, a rare work a...

Max J. Rosenthal

'I Wish We Were Dead In Syria Rather Than Staying Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.02.2014 | World

BEBNINE, Lebanon -- The residents of this informal refugee settlement in northern Lebanon have a familiar list of complaints: no money, no jobs, littl...

Syria Closes Border While Dozens Of Wounded Cross After Heavy Fighting

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 03.21.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian troops closed a border crossing with Lebanon on Thursday amid heavy clashes with rebels in the area that activists said killed 1...

Amid Raging War, Assad Sets Up A Syrian Space Agency

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT, March 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, fighting an internal uprising for the last three years, approved a bill ...

UN Panel Identifies War Criminals In Syria

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel investigating human rights abuses in Syria has identified those responsible for crimes including hostage-taking, torture ...

Syria's Children Are Our Children

Gordon Brown | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

A year ago when the planned military intervention was called off, both opponents and proponents of military action dutifully pledged that they would show greater urgency in providing for the victims. But the minute military action was off the agenda, the pressures to provide aid diminished and the public interest in delivering emergency humanitarian action dimmed.

Duties Beyond Borders?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Joseph S. Nye

More than 130,000 people are said to have died in Syria's civil war. United Nations reports of atrocities, Internet images of attacks on civilians, and accounts of suffering refugees rend our hearts. But what is to be done -- and by whom?

Syrian Rebels Release Hostage Nuns

AP | ALBERT AJI and HUSSEIN MALLA | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion

MASNA, Lebanon (AP) — Syrian rebels released a group of about a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held since December, Lebanon's official news ...

Max J. Rosenthal

'Everyone Is Running And Falling On The Ground, Dying And Suffocating'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.10.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The rockets came in the early morning, shattering both the peace and the buildings as the residents of Moadamiyeh were barely standing up fr...

Max J. Rosenthal

'There Are Kids Who Didn't Even Know A, B, C'

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.27.2014 | World

BAR ELIAS, Lebanon -- The tallest structure in this small refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley is called the education center. But like the rest of ...

Revive 'Olympic Truce' Tradition For Syria As Sochi Games Begin

George Papandreou | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
George Papandreou

2014-02-06-olympictorchgardels.jpg The Winter Olympics in Sochi provides a unique opportunity to revive the Ancient Greek tradition of the Olympic Truce.

Help! An Urgent Plea For Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon

Gordon Brown | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

2014-02-06-SYRIAREFUGEECHILDRENLEBANON_original.jpg Many people live huddled in tents, makeshift huts and overcrowded tenement buildings. They lack clothing and proper shelter, clean water and sanitation. There is also a great risk of epidemics of waterborne diseases, measles and tuberculosis spreading. But in addition to shelter, food and medicine, children need something else. They need hope. And it is the offer of education that can demonstrate to young people that it is worth planning for the future.

Bitter Syrian Peace Talks Wrap Up Without Tangible Results

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 04.02.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian negotiators are wrapping up a week of peace talks in Geneva — the first round of what is expected to be prolonged negotiation...

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...

First Breakthrough In Syrian Peace Talks

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2014 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Talks aimed at ending the war in Syria took a first tentative ste...

Aid To Besieged City At Center Of Syrian Peace Talks

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian government anger over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition prompted the U.N. mediator to cut short Tuesday's peace t...

Peace Talks Hit More Trouble As Syrian Rebel City 'Starves'

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The United States on Monday demanded that Syria allow aid into the...

Syrian Foes To Meet After Rocky Start

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny GENEVA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first j...

Kerry: Assad A 'One-Man Super Magnet For Terrorism'

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BAD RAGAZ, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ramped up already harsh criticism of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, cal...

Tower of Babel

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Unless the Russian position changes, the departure of Assad, who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of thousands upon thousands of innocent Syrian civilians, does not seem in the cards anytime soon.