Syria

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.

Ambassador Ford: Speaking Truth To Power In Syria

I was wrong.  I was one of those who criticized the Obama administration for returning a US ambassador to Syria after a five-year absence without getting any clear pro-quid-pro from Bashar Assad. It would be interpreted as a sign of weakness by the Syrians as well as Assad's Iranian allies, I wrote at the time.

Syria Getting Away With Murder

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to take “bold and decisive measures before it’s too late” and called on members of the world body to unite and take “coherent measures” with regard to Syria, the AP reported. The AP reported those were among Ban’s “strongest criticism yet of the Syrian government.”

Tightening The Syria Noose

After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.” 

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