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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


The EU and Syria

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Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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John McCain Shows Up in Syria

The office of the Arizona senator has confirmed reports that he made a secret trip into war-torn Syria on Monday and met with rebels in that country for several hours.

Posted on May 27, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Sekretarev

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


Two Things

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Assad’s Chemical Weapons

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Another Trap

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War Drums

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Syria

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U.S. Navy/MC2 Edwin L. Wriston

U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Are We Intervening in Syria Yet?

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Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps./Lance Cpl. Juanenrique Owings

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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Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War

After the deadliest month of political fighting in five years, Iraq appears to be sliding rapidly into a new civil war that “will be worse than Syria,” leaders say.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE


Red Line

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Posted on May 3, 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



Categorizing Women on Wikipedia

When female writers disappeared from the Wikipedia heading “American novelists,” more than a few eyebrows were raised; Pvt. Bradley Manning being revoked as grand marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade proves that the military-industrial complex rules all; meanwhile, another price-fixing scandal reminiscent of Libor is about to explode. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 1, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

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


Crossing the Red Line on Syria

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White House/Pete Souza

Syria Is Still Not Our Fight

President Obama is right to resist the mounting pressure for military intervention in Syria. Action by U.S. forces may or may not make the situation better—but certainly could make things worse.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Draws a Red Line on Syria

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Bashar Assad

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Posted on Apr 28, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria, Boston and George W. Bush

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the White House’s belief that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. How should President Obama respond if such a red line has been crossed?

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hussein Malla

Half of Syria ‘Will Need Aid by End of Year’

More than half of the population of Syria will likely need aid by the end of the year, the U.N. high commissioner for refugees has warned, adding that the civil crisis is the most serious the global body has ever dealt with.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE


Heritage

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AP/Aleppo Media Center

Reports of My WMD Are Greatly Exaggerated

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the American war machine might be revving up for another strike, this time in Syria.

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Gage Skidmore

What Would a Rand Paul Libertarian Foreign Policy Look Like?

Paul’s strand of libertarianism, insofar as it deeply distrusts big government, typically opposes policies that increase the size and power of government, chief among them ones pertaining to war.

Posted on Mar 18, 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


Arms to Syria

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Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Andoni Lubaki

Access Skews Coverage of Syrian War

The civil war in Syria is not a romantic democratic uprising, although one could get that impression from accounts in mainstream media outlets.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



ABr / José Cruz via WikiMedia Commons (rights reserved)

Venezuela and the Middle East After Chavez

The foreign policy of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez imagined that socialism and anti-imperialism are the same thing, and that he could lead a new sort of socialist international. These considerations shaped his Middle East policy in ways that were contradictory and hypocritical.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE


Bloody Assad

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Thank You for Calling

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AP/Jacquelyn Martin

America’s Global Torture Network

When it comes to torture in the post 9/11 era, the record of the United States is so appalling that one must question our claimed abhorrence of the barbarism of other nations. 

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Assad Eats Syria

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Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/U.S. Department of Defense

Military Interventions Rarely Fulfill Their Goals

Military interventions by powerful nations into lesser ones, such as now continues in Mali (and Afghanistan), and is being urged by many into the Syrian civil war, are inherently reckless since even the most powerful states can have the whole project blow up on them.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Narrowly Misses Shoe Attack in Cairo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Egypt took a turn for the diplomatically dicey in Cairo on Tuesday when an angry man who apparently hailed from Syria chose to express his displeasure with Ahmadinejad’s support of the Syrian regime by lobbing a shoe at the Iranian leader.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Mohammad Hannon

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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Fact Check: ABC Spreads Fear About Syrian Chemical Weapons

You know you’re on shaky ground when you quote a source like the defense secretary with the words, “He basically said. ...” FAIR’s Peter Hart compares ABC’s lazy quoting on Syrian chemical weapons to the kind of WMD fear mongering that led the U.S. to war with Iraq.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


President Assad

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Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


Haggling Over Hagel

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AP/SANA

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


Putin’s Assad

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Bashar Dogs

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Fixing U.S. Image

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Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE


Free Syrian Army

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Assad’s Battery

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Syrian Violence

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Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


Mayhem in the Middle East

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole shares his informed comment on Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli apartheid and Egyptian unrest. Also, Robert Scheer on Bradley Manning.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


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