Syria

In Syria, A Deadly Game Of Bluff

05/07/2013
Editorial

Israel’s air strikes inside of Syria in recent days delivered not only bombs but also strong messages. The question is how they will be interpreted.

After Airstrikes Against Syria, Obama Says U.S. 'Coordinates' With Israel

05/05/2013

An airstrike on a military research center in Syria, the second attack on Israel's northern neighbor in three days, is being blamed on Israel.

Syrian state media accused Israel of the early Sunday morning attack on what it identified as the Jamraya military research center, located about ten miles from the border with Lebanon. Israel attacked the center in January, U.S officials said at the time of that strike.

UN General Assembly Adopts Nine Resolutions Condemning Israel

Resolutions describe the 'extremely difficult socioeconomic conditions' of Palestinian refugees.

12/20/2012

The United Nations General Assembly adopted nine resolutions on the topics of Palestinian rights and the Golan Heights.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the peace process is in a "deep freeze." Getty Images

Pope Calls For Peace Efforts, End To Persecution Of Christians In Middle East

11/27/2012

 At a gathering in Rome with Lebanon’s new cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new appeal for peace in Syria and the Middle East, the Associated Press reported.

“The church encourages all efforts for peace in the world and in the Middle East, a peace that will only be effective if it is based on authentic respect for other people,” Benedict told the gathering, which included several Lebanese pilgrims.

Israel Fires On Syrian Troops In Golan Heights

11/12/2012

Israel fired an anti-tank missile at a Syrian military mortar crew after it fired a mortar shell that landed near an Israeli town in the Golan Heights.

Monday's incident marks the second time that Israel has fired on Syrian territory since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

The shell is believed to have been aimed at rebel forces in the Syrian civil war. There were no injuries.

The Israel Defense Forces filed a complaint over the incident with the relevant United Nations forces operating in the area.

The Best-Dressed List Burns My Britches

This year, I noticed H.H. Shekha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar among the usual collection of European royals and movie stars that constitute Vanity Fair's annual celebration of wealthy people wearing clothes. (They're just like us. But they have more money. Ergo, tailors.)

The lady's got style. Nothing else matters.

Obama's Holocaust Museum Speech: The Political Fallout

Was Barack Obama suddenly so "shocked, shocked" to find out that modern day atrocities are going on around the world that he decided to do more about it? 

Stalling Tactics

04/10/2012
Editorial

The leaders of Iran and Syria have learned the dirty little secret of dealing with an international community making demands  them.

In the case of Iran, the U.S. and other countries are about to launch another round of negotiations with Tehran in an effort to prevent the Islamic revolution leaders from developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the region and the free world.

Assad Family, Insiders Hit With New Sanctions

03/23/2012

E.U. foreign ministers are slapping new sanctions on the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, three other Assad family members, and eight Syrian government ministers, according to reports.

The new restrictions, which are slated to go into effect on Saturday, include a travel ban and the freezing of assets, The Associated Press reported. The wife of the Syrian president, Azma Assad, is a British native and holds British citizenship, which may mean she may still travel to England, AP said.

Santorum, Obama And Appeasement

It  was somewhat jarring this week to see the President of the United States take to his podium to figuratively hold up the head of Osama bin Laden as a political trophy. But that's what Barack Obama felt compelled to do after Republican contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney  accused the commander-in-chief of "appeasement" of America's enemies.

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