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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 READ MORE



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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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Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



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3 Top Aides to Assad Killed in Blast

A suicide bomber killed three high-ranking members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Wednesday, including the defense minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, who was deputy chief of staff of the military.

Posted on Jul 18, 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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Syrian Regime Growing More Desperate as Fighting Intensifies Around Damascus

The Syrian military shot down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean on Friday, and rebel groups clashed with Syrian armed forces in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday.

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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE


Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Pilot Defects in His MiG

A Syrian fighter pilot landed his MiG-21 at Jordan’s King Hussein military base Thursday morning after abandoning a training exercise. His defection is believed to be the first involving a Syrian military aircraft since the uprising began 16 months ago.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Sectarian Violence Undermines Syrian Regime

The Syrian government’s resort to Alawite death squads in recent weeks has pushed former supporters into the opposition.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 READ MORE



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U.N. Suspends Syria Mission as Violence Rises

U.N. observers trying to monitor and report on the situation in Syria will suspend their operations amid an escalating level of violence between the Assad regime and the opposition.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE


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Syria Accused of Using Children as Human Shields

U.N. investigators say Syrian troops are armoring their vehicles with children in order to deter enemy fire. A report on children and armed conflict also says Syrian authorities are torturing children and the opposition may be recruiting minors.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE


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U.N.’s Annan: Peace Plan Is Failing, Civil War Looms in Syria

After confirmation of another mass killing in a Syrian village Wednesday, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged Thursday that his six-point peace plan is failing. Pro-government forces had fired on U.N. observers attempting to reach the village of al-Qubayr earlier Thursday.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Any International Syrian Solution Is Tangled Up in Russia

The reaction of Hillary Clinton and some others in the West has been in the full Cold War mode, denouncing the Russians as obstacles to peace. In fact, the Russians could be very useful in finding a settlement and seem to ask simply that their own interests in the Middle East be respected.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE


U.S. Defriends Bashar Assad

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Updates on the Syrian Conflict

Among the latest developments in the Syrian humanitarian crisis, China and Russia have reaffirmed their opposition to a forced regime change; Turkey and Japan joined 11 other countries in expelling Syrian diplomats, and the U.N.’s Human Rights Council is due to meet to discuss the massacre in the city of Houla.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Governments Give Syrian Ambassadors the Boot

After the release of a gut-wrenching video purporting to show the bodies of Syrian children and their families slain in the attack on Houla on Friday, governments around the world signaled their shared disapproval of the Assad regime by expelling Syrian diplomats and ambassadors Tuesday.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Children Slaughtered in Government Attack on Syrian Town

The United Nations has confirmed that 32 children and nearly twice as many adults were killed after Syrian government forces attacked the western town of Houla. Locals are furious that U.N. observers, deployed to monitor a cease-fire between officials and the opposition, did not intervene.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Two More Deadly Blasts Rock Damascus

Two explosions left a scene of smoldering carnage in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Thursday morning, killing 55 people and injuring nearly 400.

Posted on May 10, 2012 READ MORE


Presidential Medals

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Syria: International Observers

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Asma Assad Shops Until They Drop

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Gulf States Will Pay Syrian Rebels, Defectors

After an international conference in Turkey, the Syrian National Council said it will receive millions a month in funding from wealthy Gulf nations to pay Syrians who are either rebelling against or defecting from President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE


Massacre in Syria

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Posted on Mar 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Violence Persists in Syria Despite Peace Agreement

Despite news of the Syrian government’s acceptance of a peace plan brought in by special envoy Kofi Annan a day before, by Wednesday it was clear that those headlines didn’t mean much in the way of actual progress in Syria.

Posted on Mar 28, 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


Assad Violence

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Posted on Mar 25, 2012 READ MORE


The U.N. and Syria

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Russia Changes Stance on Syria

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov signaled a shift in his country’s position vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria, indicating that Russia may be willing to cooperate more with the U.N. Security Council’s proposed plan, but with some stipulations.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 READ MORE



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American Journalist Accused of Passing Tips to Assad Regime

According to this story from The Telegraph, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apparently wasn’t aware that BBC reporter Paul Wood had been filing stories from the war-torn city of Homs until American journalist Nir Rosen tipped off his administration in an attempt to gain access for his own professional purposes.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Wars and Potential Wars Abound

The two most recent American wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, have failed or are disastrously failing. The United States is being pressed to launch two new wars. There is little public support for any of the four.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE


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Homosexuality May Become a Felony in Liberia

Liberia is considering two proposals that would make consensual same-sex acts punishable with jail time; NATO refuses to get involved in the crisis in Syria; and a Jewish journalist killed by terrorists was baptized posthumously by the Mormon Church. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 READ MORE


Dilemma

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Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE


The Autocracy Awards

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Wounded Journalists Smuggled Out of Syria

On Tuesday, a group of 35 Syrian volunteers—13 of whom eventually lost their lives—took part in a rescue operation to smuggle two foreign journalists, British photographer Paul Conroy and French reporter Edith Bouvier, out of the besieged city of Homs.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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The World Turns Its Back—Again

The harrowing stories that have come down to us from the Warsaw Ghetto are eerily similar to the horrific accounts emanating from Homs and other Syrian towns over the past few months.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Gas Prices: Problem or Solution?

Mitt Romney swipes Rick Santorum with his Senate record. President Obama proposes subsidizing energy innovators as gas shoots up 12 cents a gallon in one week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers a show of support for Assad’s opponents, and Greece signs loan papers.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik

By virtue of their presence, and then by putting words and pictures to what they hear and see, journalists working in conflict zones practice the highest ideals of the profession and are able to not only recount events that have already happened but can also potentially affect future outcomes. That’s also what makes them targets.

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 READ MORE


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DAPD / Clemens Bilan

U.N. Team Accuses Syria of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s about time. A U.N. panel has concluded that members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime are guilty of “gross human rights violations” amounting to crimes against humanity.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Contemplates ‘Additional Measures’ for Syria

Press representatives at the White House and the State Department are using the same vague phrase, “additional measures,” to describe the administration’s mystery plan for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE


Syrians ‘Radicalized by Terror’

Syrian forces are shelling Homs while across the country, reports ITN’s Jonathan Rugman, “state brutality has failed to crush” the popular uprising.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Troops Kill Mourner at Damascus Funeral

Fear and bloodshed remain a constant in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where at least one person was killed and several were injured Saturday when security forces opened fire at the funeral of three youths killed Friday during a protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Isn’t Buying What Syria Is Selling

On Wednesday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and other officials hailed the arrival of a new constitution, slated to go up for a referendum later this month, but the Obama administration didn’t greet the news with much credulity or enthusiasm.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Bilal Hussein

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE


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