LEBANON-SYRIA: The refugee minefield

Progress in terms of providing more and better aid to the steady influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is being held back by government indecision stemming from fears that the ongoing violence in Syria may destabilize the country’s fragile

Damascus Car Bomb Kills Four, report

A car bomb exploded in southeast Damascus on Monday, killing four people, including a child, Syrian opposition groups claimed. The Local Coordination Committees activist network said in a written statement that the explosion had caused a “large amount of damage and destruction

International or US intervention in Syria appears unlikely

A sharp escalation in fighting and civilian deaths in Syria, pleas for help from rebel fighters and a tide of war-zone refugees are focusing American attention on a high-stakes Mideast conflict nine weeks before the U.S. presidential election.

UN to vote on new Syria resolution

Russia remained at loggerheads with the US and its European allies ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote tonight on a new Syria resolution. There appeared to be little hope that the UN’s most powerful body would unite behind a plan to end the 17-month civil war. The key stumbling block is the Western […]

The Syrian people Want Foreign Intervention?

Holding a microphone on a makeshift stage, Abdel Basset al-Sarout — former goalie of the Syrian national youth squad, current bard of the region’s bloodiest uprising — led a packed Homs street in a soul-stirring chant: “The people… want… military intervention!” In Homs, the evolution of chants has reflected

Libyan solution for Syria is in the works

Libya redux. The phrase sums up the shifting political sentiments — and rhetoric — toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as Western leaders edge closer to military intervention. At a meeting of the 14-member Friends of Syria group in Paris on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised the possibility of NATO involvement in […]