Greek ambassador to Brazil killed; widow and 2 men questioned over his murder

Brazilian police are questioning the widow of the Greek ambassador to that country, along with a military police officer described as her lover and another man in the death of the diplomat, authorities said Friday. Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday, Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes, a police investigator in the Baixada Fluminense state, […]

Assad’s victory in Aleppo underscores his dependence on outsiders who will shape Syria’s future

Under different circumstances, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s capture of Aleppo would project an aura of invincibility. He has survived nearly six years of revolt. Instead, it has underscored his dependence on outside powers. Turkey, Iran, and Russia have tilted recent events in his favor, and it is those three players — and perhaps the incoming […]

Immense challenges lie ahead in Aleppo

By BASSEM MROUEand ZEINA KARAM – Associated Press BEIRUT — Hundreds of people returned to eastern Aleppo neighborhoods on Friday to check on their homes after the last opposition fighters left the city, picking through debris and wreckage for personal belongings blasted by years of fighting. In a sign of the immense challenges that still […]

Russian hacking investigation

What an extraordinary time for our nation that there would even be a debate over whether Congress should investigate allegations that another nation attempted to influence our presidential election. After months of warnings from President Barack Obama and the nation’s top spies that Russia sought to make a mess of things, we learn that CIA […]

Inside Syria’s Propaganda Wars

BY JANINE DI GIOVANNI Wartime propaganda has a long history. The earliest records go back to the rise of the Persian king Darius. In the modern era, some of the most effective propaganda occurred during World War I, with reports of German soldiers bludgeoning babies during the “Rape of Belgium.” The conflict in Syria has […]

Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel is unfit to serve

By Jeremy Ben-Ami As the Nazis rolled into Vienna in 1938, my father was helping boats full of Jews escape down the Danube River. He had been sent to Vienna by Menachem Begin and the Irgun, the Jewish freedom fighting movement, to save Jews from the Nazis. The operation he ran is credited with saving […]

Syria war: Aleppo dies for a cause

By: Azzam Tamimi The people of Aleppo, like the majority of Syrians, rose against tyranny after they saw fellow Arabs in Tunisia and Egypt topple their own tormentors. Their revolution began peacefully and most Syrians wished for it to remain so. However, the local tyrant, with his regional and international backers, had other ideas. He […]