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Is Syrian ‘Peace’ Conference Laying the Foundation for War?

The Geneva II “peace” conference has all the indicia of a sham. Those opposed to war in Syria better get ready to prevent war again.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Syria Conference Roiled by Shouting Matches, Insults

The Geneva II negotiations at Montreux, Switzerland, opened on a sour note on Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



Is Peace Becoming Possible in Syria?

Middle East reporter for the Independent Patrick Cockburn writes that the butchery could end now that the U.S. and Russia want it too.

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 READ MORE


A Minute of Madness in the Middle East

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore packs a fraction of the bloody, state-serving power struggles and shifting alliances of the Middle East and the West into a minute-long explainer that knows it can’t possibly finish the task.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


‘Whose Sarin?’ Asks Seymour Hersh

The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist says the Obama administration “cherry-picked intelligence” on the gas attacks in the Damascan suburb of Ghouta in August “to justify a strike against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE



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U.N. Implicates Bashar Assad in War Crimes

The United Nations’ human rights chief said an inquiry has found evidence that war crimes were authorized at the “highest level” of the Syrian government, including by President Bashar Assad. Monday’s statement is the first time the U.N. has so directly incriminated him.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Private Companies to Profit From Destroying Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The companies asked to help get rid of roughly 800 tons of Bashar Assad’s chemical arsenal, a “major part of the Syrian stockpile,” stand to make $47 million to $54 million, according to the organization directing the task.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria Submits Chemical Weapons Program Outline

Bashar Assad’s government sent an inventory of the scope and sites of its chemical weapons program Friday to the agency tasked with overseeing the arms’ dismantling as part of a recently agreed upon U.S.-Russia plan.

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Obama’s Intent With Syria

How does Obama’s decision to delay a congressional vote on a military strike fit into the U.S. government’s overall mission there? Are American leaders simply interested in weakening the Syrian government through a prolonged civil war?

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Kerry: U.S. and Russia Make Chemical Weapons Deal

The U.S. and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be put under international control and destroyed beginning one week from now, The Guardian reported Saturday.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Drama, Extreme Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists asked Friday whether President Obama just succeeded at diplomacy with Syria by accident? Are we rolling out the “Mission Accomplished” banner too soon?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Tramples Laws He Demands Others Uphold

For seven decades, successive U.S. governments have used an exclusive and dated U.N. veto power to “pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and justice,” George Monbiot writes in The Guardian. Obama’s response to the mess in Syria is no exception.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

John F. Kennedy once remarked that defeat is an orphan. Here was a war bereft of parents even before it had begun.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


Rep. Alan Grayson to Congress: Reject ‘Warmongering’ and Focus on Problems at Home

In the wake of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s voting 10 to 7 to authorize strikes on Syria, Florida Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson told “Democracy Now!” on Thursday: “I am very disturbed by this general idea that every time we see something bad in the world, we should bomb it. … The president has criticized that mindset, and now he has adopted it. It’s simply not our responsibility to act alone and punish this.”

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross Hairs

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Assad Baits Obama as the World Waits

It would seem a piece of wisdom picked up on the school playground not to start a fight that you don’t know how to finish.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Clowns of the Middle East

“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

The Truthdig columnist went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s reliance on a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month as he attempts to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Putin Scoffs at Chemical Attack Claims

The Russian president and backer of Syria’s leadership is among those rejecting U.S. intelligence claims that Bashar al-Assad’s government used chemical weapons against civilians, saying it would be “utter nonsense” for the government to deploy them in a war it was already winning.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Inhumane War in the Name of Humanity

Today we are poised to engage in war against Syria with such a flimsy case being made to attempt to justify an attack, it could only be the product of cynicism and willful misrepresentation in the cause of war and a callous disregard for our true national interest.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


Middle East Expert: ‘This Is Not Libya’

With five Tomahawk cruise missile-equipped U.S. Navy destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean Sea for a possible strike on Syria, Jadaliyya ezine co-founder and director of Middle East Studies at George Mason University Bassam Haddad says a U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government could escalate into multinational war.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Kerry Presents Case for Attack on Syria

After the British Parliament’s refusal to join a U.S. attack on Syria, the secretary of state declared Friday there was “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the government of President Bashar al-Assad used poison gas against its citizens. Meanwhile, the Obama administration released an unclassified intelligence report intended to back up the claim.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama May Be Walking Into an Impeachment Trap

The solo-cowboy approach would make the phony Bush “coalition of the willing” that joined in the mistaken attack on Iraq look like brilliant diplomacy.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Stands Alone After British Lawmakers Vote Against Syrian Strike

Barack Obama’s plans to bomb Syria hit a snag Thursday when the British parliament unexpectedly voted against a motion that would have paved the way for authorizing the U.K.’s participation in a military attack.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Raytheon Says Let’s Go to War!

The weapon manufacturer’s stock surged roughly 10 percent while American war drums for Syria crescendoed over the past two months. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., recognizes the jump as an unambiguous reminder that profit is a cause for the war President Obama seems prepared to make. “Nobody wants this except the military-industrial complex,” he said on a radio show Thursday.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE


Tariq Ali on Syrian Chemical Weapons: ‘The Fact Is, We Don’t Know’

The British-Pakistani historian, activist and editor of the New Left Review says that without publicly available evidence, Barack Obama’s claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against civilians and rebels is “totally unconvincing.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama Said to Be Contemplating Military Response to Syrian Chemical Weapons

The U.S. asserts that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians last week, ratcheting up talk of possible American military intervention even as President Obama warns of limited options and international legal repercussions.

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Bashar al-Assad Evades Rebel Attack

The Syrian president escaped death or injury when rebels launched a mortar attack on his convoy early Thursday. The incident suggests “the country’s crippling civil war is edging [its way] to its seat of power,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Patrick Cockburn: Covering Syria’s Complicated Civil War

“As a journalist, no one tells you something because they like the look of your face, generally,” the Independent reporter told Truthdig in an exclusive interview. “They tell you to further their own interests or the interests of their party.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Experts Don’t Buy Claim Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Late last week, some leading chemical weapons experts voiced skepticism about U.S. claims that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin gas against rebels on at least four occasions this spring. Months of investigation have failed to uncover the telltale signs of an attack, they say.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Syrian Rebels Allegedly Kill ‘Atheist’ Boy

A 15-year-old coffee seller was reportedly executed by gunshot to the head by Islamist rebels in Syria as an act of punishment and example-making for seeming to express disbelief in the Muslim god.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Who Benefits If the Killing in Syria Continues?

“The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls,” Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



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American Woman Said to Be Killed in Syria (Video)

Syrian state-run television Thursday reported that pro-government forces killed an American woman, a British citizen and an unidentified Westerner. The three were accused of fighting alongside the rebel opposition.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Syrian Rebels Reject Exiled Leadership

Syrian rebel organizations inside the country have disowned their political leadership outside Syria, saying the exiled group does not represent them, and demanded that half of the leadership positions be filled with fighters within the nation.

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Burning Questions About Intervention in Syria

For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Chemical Weapons: ‘A Retold Drama Riddled With Plot Holes’

“In any normal society,” writes a skeptical Robert Fisk of the media and government blowup over the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, “the red lights would now be flashing.”

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Syria: U.S. Guns, Goggles and Military Intervention All on the Table

Seeking to clarify his “red line” position on the Syrian government’s possible use of chemical weapons, President Obama said Tuesday that he would consider a “range of options,” but he also urged patience.

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE


Foreign Governments Turn Syrian Conflict to Their Own Advantage

Governments in the Middle East and across the world are exploiting the long chaos of Syria’s populist uprising to gain influence in the region. And Syrians—70,000 of whom have been killed in the conflict—are paying the price with their bodies and lives.

Posted on Mar 15, 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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Dozens Killed in Explosions at Syria’s Aleppo University

More than 80 people were killed in two blasts that struck the University of Aleppo in northern Syria on the first day of exams. The bombs exploded between a residence hall and an architecture facility.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE


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To the Brink Again for Israel and Gaza

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel civilians.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE


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Syria Accepts Annan’s Peace Plan

Former United Nations secretary-general and current U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that his bid to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (above) and his administration to accept a peace plan Annan proposed has been successful. Enacting it, however, is another matter.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE


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