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Syria Is Broken and These Peace Talks Won’t Put It Together Again

There are simply too many factions and too many guns.

Posted on Jan 20, 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

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U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

Posted on Jan 15, 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

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Deadline to Be Missed

The deadly toxins scheduled to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31 in an effort to destroy the country’s chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to the port of Latakia to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat said Friday.

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE

2014, As Seen from Syria

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

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The U.N. Needs $6.5 Billion to Keep Syria From Starving

Syria’s civil war has prompted the United Nations to ask for a record amount in aid donations.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE

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Right-Wing Extremism—It’s Not Just for the U.S.

The Syrian refugee crisis has fanned the flames of right-wing extremism in Bulgaria, signaling yet more nationalistic political sentiment in Europe. No one’s predicting a return of the 1930s rise of fascism, but the parallels are disturbing.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE

Bloody Fashion Show

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 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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Syrian Refugee Girls Married Off for Protection

Though it is common for Syrian children to be married before 18, displacement has made marriage take on a new urgency. With rumors of rape and kidnapping roaming Syrian refugee camps, families often believe the best option for their girls is to be wed as soon as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE

Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to Rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed on Time

Obama won’t close Guantanamo Bay prison six years after he said he would. But Syrian President Bashar Assad destroyed his country’s declared chemical weapons production facilities a day ahead of schedule.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE

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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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Always and Everywhere

The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend: fostering war, impeding the spread of democracy and inhibiting trade and prosperity.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE

EU Helps

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE

No Fracking Way in France

The French constitutional council upheld a law that bans hydraulic fracturing in the European country; a report claims Syrian rebels committed war crimes, killing and abducting hundreds of civilians; and data analytics are being used to discriminate against the poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE

Nobel Peace Prize 2013

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE

Syria Talks

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE

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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Bragging Rights

Let’s be Americans, which means being exceptional, which also means being honest in ways inconceivable to the rest of humanity. So here’s the truth of it: the American exceptionalism sweepstakes really do matter. Here. A lot.

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE

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Most of Syria’s Toxins May Be Easily Destroyed

After the announcement that the U.N. Security Council agreed to a resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, The Washington Post reported that U.S. and Russian officials believe that the majority of the country’s stockpile exists in an “unweaponized” form that can be destroyed quickly.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

Bellicose Obama

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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

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Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

War, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state that go with it cost in every sense an arm and a leg. And that, in the twenty-first century, is where so many American tax dollars have gone.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE

Juror Dismissed for Being Gay

In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE

Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE

Putin Peace

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE

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People Are Dying in Iraq by the Hundreds

Multiple attacks in Iraq on Tuesday claimed dozens of lives as that country’s internal conflict heats up. The U.N. says 1,861 people were killed by violence in July and August.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE

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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE

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The Dead Rhetoric of War

After years on a drunken bender, Americans are awakening to lies masked in patriotism and glory.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

World View of Obama and Putin

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

Peace Dove

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE

Political Balance

Posted on Sep 15, 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

Miley and Putin

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE

Moral High Ground

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

Flower Power

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE

Attack Dog

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

GOP Syria Criticism

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

Syria Diplomacy

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

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The American People Have Spoken: No More War Abroad, More Jobs at Home

At a time of great political division in our country President Obama has found a remarkable way to unite Americans of all political persuasions—conservatives, progressives and moderates. With a loud and clear voice the overwhelming majority of the American people, across the political spectrum, are saying NO to another war in the Middle East—Syria’s bloody and complicated civil war.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

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