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U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Syrian President Assad Sworn In For Third Term

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising h...

Heavy Clashes Between Hezbollah And Syrian Rebels Leave Many Dead

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.14.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after exp...

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 07.03.2014 | Media
Rana F. Sweis

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.

A Lot Of Dangerous Weapons Are About To Be Destroyed

AP | FRANCESCO SPORTELLI and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to de...

Frank Underwood, von Clausewitz, Rumsfeld and Yogi Berra

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This past week, to absolutely no fanfare whatever, the last declared chemical weapons left Syria. (Isn't it interesting how the drums of war earn endless media coverage, but the dove of peace flies unnoticed?)

Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Ban Ki-moon

Dangerous sectarian tensions, massive movements of refugees, daily atrocities and spreading instability make the civil war in Syria a global threat. All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake across the devastated landscape that is Syria today.

Diplomacy Is the Only Real Solution to Iraq Crisis

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

As the nation analyzes the roots of the recent meltdown in the Middle East, this much is certain: the Middle East, as we've known it for decades, is on the verge of disintegrating.

Syria Refugee Crisis Hits New Milestone

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2014 | World

ANKARA, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million, Turkish...

World Cup Sparks Islamist Debate on Rectitude of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

Ultra-conservative clerics are condemning soccer as a Jewish and Christian tool to undermine Islamic culture as millions of Muslims across the globe t...

This Syrian-Born Artist Is Using Her Illustrations To Help Child Refugees

AP | Associated Press | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Lina Safar moved from her native Syria to Tampa with her U.S.-born husband in 2010, she assumed she would return occasionall...

Woman Couldn't Leave Her Home For Almost 700 Days. Here's Why

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

HOMS, Syria (AP) -- Over the course of the 700-day blockade, her world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived by eating plants and re...

Harrowing Photos Of Syrian Child Refugees Capture A Generation Lost To War

The Huffington Post | Amanda Golden | Posted 06.11.2014 | World

The harrowing struggle for survival is not over for more than 1.1 million children who have fled Syria's devastating war. Thousands now carry the burd...

The Syrian Conundrum: The Growing Threat of Returning Jihadi Fighters

Wolfgang Petritsch | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Wolfgang Petritsch

With Assad's armed forces seemingly on the verge of military victory over the rebels, it is important to ask what will happen to the ever-increasing influx of jihadi fighters, from both Islamic countries and the West alike, once the rebel defeat is obvious.

Happy in Syria? I Know What You're Thinking Right Now

Laila Alawa | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Laila Alawa

The video opens up on smiling laughing children. It's your normal "Happy" video -- joining videos from America, Germany, Egypt and Australia, to name a few -- but there's a slight twist to it: The people in the video are Syrian.

Obama's Former Syria Ambassador Blasts Administration Policy

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria under President Barack Obama, heavily criticized the administration's Syria policy in an interview wi...

Obama Believes The Situation In Syria Has Deteriorated

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believes the situation in Syria has deteriorated but the hand of the mode...

U.S. May Decide To Train Syrian Rebels

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely t...

Time to Enforce the Security Council's Syria Resolution

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the human rights community, this could be the start of a more rigorous effort to aid millions of Syrian's trapped in the fighting.

Mortar Hits Pro-Assad Election Rally

AP | By ZEINA KARAM | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In the first attack to target a campaign event, a mortar shell slammed into a tent packed with supporters of President Bashar Assad, k...

Death Toll In Syria's War Tops 160,000: Activists

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has climbed past 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflect...

Head Of Syrian Air Defense Killed

AP | ALBERT AJI and DIAA HADID | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The head of Syria's air defenses was killed in clashes near the capital, Damascus, a government official and activists said S...

Joshua Hersh

British Journalists Freed After Kidnapping In Northern Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.15.2014 | Media

ISTANBUL -- A pair of veteran British journalists were badly wounded after being kidnapped in the wild frontier land of northern Syria, their newspape...

Will Obama Relent on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Weapons?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.