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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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Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

Posted on Oct 22, 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



AP/Seth Wenig

Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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Syria: ‘Extremely Bad and Getting Worse’

After returning from his first diplomatic mission to Syria and reporting to the U.N. Security Council, envoy Lakhdar Brahimi confirmed that things are as bad as they seem, and he doesn’t currently see a way forward.

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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


Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Democrats Call for a Nation of ‘Shared Prosperity’

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Clinton said the Democrats stand for “a nation of shared opportunities, shared prosperity and shared responsibilities.” Also on the show: voter disenfranchisement and a report from the Syrian border.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Canada Cuts Iran Loose

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (right) cited Iran’s support for the Assad regime in Syria, its disputed nuclear energy program and persistent human rights violations as reasons for Canada’s ejection of Iranian diplomats from Ottawa and the closing of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE



Fox News Points Out Paul Ryan’s Lies ... and Pigs Fly?

Fox News used the words “deceiving” and “dazzling” to describe Paul Ryan’s speech at the GOP convention; British support of possible American military intervention in Syria could signal another blunder as terrible as the Iraq War; meanwhile, Israeli ex-soldiers finally admit to heinous treatment of Palestinian children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 31, 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


War on Women, From Political to Literal

In this edition of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ms. magazine Executive Editor Kathy Spillar on Todd Akin and friends; Pussy Riot; Syria; keeping native languages alive; and the enduring impact of war on women.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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War on Women, From Political to Literal

In this edition of Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Ms. magazine Executive Editor Kathy Spillar on Todd Akin and friends; Pussy Riot; keeping native languages alive; and the enduring impact of war on women.

Posted on Aug 27, 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



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Obama Reportedly OKs Support for Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama earlier this year secretly authorized the CIA and other U.S. agencies to support Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, anonymous sources have told Reuters.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Scene From a ‘Liberated’ Syria

Fighters in the Free Syrian Army are optimistic they will shake their nation loose from Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But what will their cities, towns and villages look like when their struggle is over? Some are looking to the West for help rebuilding their country.

Posted on Jul 25, 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 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


Pants on Fire

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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.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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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



AP/Muzaffar Salman

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


Better Red Than Dead

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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


Free Syrian Army during a fight with Assad forces in Idlib
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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



AP/SANA

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


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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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