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Panama Papers Revelation of Assad Family’s Stolen Wealth Helps Explain the Syrian Revolution

The revelation in the leaked Panama Papers that Mossack Fonseca and HSBC serviced the companies of corrupt Syrian billionaire Rami Makhlouf (first cousin of dictator Bashar Assad) long after the U.S. imposed sanctions on him is a reminder of why Syrians revolted against the regime in 2011.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Winners and Losers in Five Years of Syrian Civil War

A half-decade after protests began in Damascus and Deraa (mainly Deraa) in Syria, the country is a basket case and its social statistics look like those of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Did Bashar Assad Win New Hampshire? Trump’s and Sanders’ Mideast Policies

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won big in New Hampshire on Tuesday. So what foreign policies did the good people of New Hampshire vote for?

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



How the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad Divides the GOP Field (Video)

Although many of the Republican presidential candidates probably couldn’t find Syria on a world map, the fate of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has become a flashpoint issue distinguishing them from one another.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’

“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Claims Turkey Was Protecting Islamic State Oil Smuggling as He Urges Kurds to Ally With Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in Paris that his government had intelligence that the reason Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week was to protect oil smuggling from Islamic State (Daesh) through Turkey.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



What Is Russia’s Strategy in Syria and Why Does Egypt Approve?

Over the past week and a half, its strategy is becoming more apparent.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Is Bashar Assad Winning the Diplomatic War? Syrian Rebels Fret (Video)

Syrian President Bashar Assad, widely regarded as a war criminal with tens of thousands of deaths on his hands, is nevertheless on a roll.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Pitches Grand Alliance Against Islamic State, but Syrian Rebels Want Assad Gone (Video)

The Russian Federation is a key player in Syria—and backer of the dictatorial government of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



How Bashar al-Assad’s Regime Came Back in the Syrian Civil War in 2014

In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Turkish President Says IS May Claim Border Town in Syria

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Islamic State forces were closing in on capturing the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday. This development was of particular concern to Erdogan, as Kobani is close to the border between Syria and his own country.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Regime Propaganda Coup as Israel Downs Syrian Plane Over Golan Heights

Israel shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet Tuesday, saying it had penetrated into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



The 5 Things You Need to Know Today About the Fight Against ISIL

All the governments in the Arab League are afraid of ISIL.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s Budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer is advocating that the U.S. and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and instead coordinate with it to move against the so-called Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 5 Reasons U.S. Aid to ‘Moderate’ Syrian Fighters Is Quixotic

The Obama administration’s fruitless search for effective Sunni “moderate” fighters in Syria continues, with the announcement of a $500 million grant to them for training and weaponry.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Egypt, Syria, Libya ... What Is the Appeal of Phony Elections in the Middle East?

The world has been treated to a whole series of “elections” in the Middle East recently.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Team in Syria ‘Safe’

The world’s chemical watchdog Tuesday denied a report by the Syrian government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission were kidnapped, saying the group was “safe” and returning to base after an attack.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Fall of Homs a Turning Point in Regime’s Quest to Retake Syria?

The governor of Homs Province, Talal al-Barazi, said Wednesday that 80 percent of the rebel fighters in that city have now been evacuated.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Syrian Regime Should Face Trial on Allegations of ‘Systematic’ Mass Killings, Experts Say

As the diplomatic summit on the Syria crisis got underway in Switzerland on Wednesday, reports of the suspected “systematic killings” of 11,000 prisoners heightened the urgency of the proceedings.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Massive War Crimes: Syrian Regime Tortured, Starved, Murdered 11,000 Prisoners

A new report by three respected jurists argues that photographic evidence provided by a defector from the Syrian police proves systematic torture and summary execution of thousands of prisoners by the Baath regime headed by Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 14, 2013 ENLARGE



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Group Calls for ‘Vaccination Cease-Fire’ in Syria

Due to a polio outbreak in eastern Syria, the organization Save the Children pleaded Tuesday with both the government and rebels to instate a cease-fire and allow access to hundreds of thousands of young ones threatened by the pernicious disease.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Rebel Atrocities Documented as Obama Pushes for Strikes Against Assad

Neither side seems to embrace modern codes of combat in the Syrian civil war. A freshly smuggled video shows a rebel commander reading a “poem of revenge,” then leading his squad in executing seven captured and kneeling Syrian soldiers.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Syrian Government Won’t Be Able to Conceal Chemical Use

According to scientists, evidence of the use of sarin, a nerve agent that originated as an insecticide but is now deployed in chemical warfare, can be detected years after an attack. Thus, no matter how much Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied his use of chemical weapons, experts would be able to find proof if he had launched such an assault.

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Jordan’s King Abdullah Sees a ‘New Taliban’ Rising in Syria

As he watches neighboring Syria “implode,” the king of Jordan worries that the country will fracture and become a hotbed of religious extremism.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE



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In Gaza, Status Quo Won’t Do

The drama unfolding in Gaza seems numbingly familiar. This time, however, there’s a big and potentially tragic difference: Not even the actors—Palestinians and Israelis—can possibly know how it will turn out.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Tens of Thousands of Syrians Believed Abducted by Assad (Video)

Up to 28,000 Syrian wives, husbands, mothers and fathers have been abducted from the streets or their homes by government forces since the country’s uprising began 19 months ago. A new film by the human rights organization Avaaz has the evidence.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


Stalemate Is Preferable to Intervention in Syria

The major threat in the Middle East to international peace is Syria’s civil war, not the rhetorical battles between Iran and an Israel that claims to be straining against its American leash.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Syria: The Kurdish Wild Card

Armed Kurds could be a powerful force in the Syrian uprising, but their participation is anything but simple.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Some Rebels Worry About Extremists, but Assad Comes First

During the early days, religious and nonreligious Syrians came together to call for reform. But as fighting intensified, a range of Islamist groups gained influence.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Join the Revolution,’ Former Syrian PM Says to Top Officials

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, contrite over the government’s attack on civilians, urged the country’s top officials and its army to “take the side of the people,” as the Assad regime has lost control of two-thirds of the nation.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Prime Minister Defects From ‘Terrorist, Murderous Regime’

As far as defections go, it’s hard to do better than the prime minister. Riad Hijab announced via spokesman that he has joined the opposition and that he and his family are hiding in a safe location.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE


The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil

The American public does not want still another war. Surely, that is clear even to the post-neoconservatives raising their heads again in Washington.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Knocking on Bashar al-Assad’s Door

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole’s informed comment on developments in Damascus; Wal-Mart owns America; Internet hypochondria; Comic-Con culture clash; and unbundling education.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Knocking on Bashar al-Assad’s Door

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole’s informed comment on developments in Damascus; Wal-Mart owns America; Internet hypochondria; Comic Con culture clash, and unbundling education.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Dumping Emails of Assad’s Cronies

The online whistle-blowing group WikiLeaks on Thursday began publishing what it claims are more than 2 million emails involving Syrian President Bashar Assad’s inner circle.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE


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