from The Great Debate:

Finding hell in Syria’s Qusayr

By James Palmer
August 29, 2014

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In the summer of 2012, I spent three weeks in the besieged Syrian town of Qusayr working as a freelance photographer and writer with a group of young anti-Assad activists in a second-floor apartment next door to a field hospital. Regardless of whether I was working or sleeping, I raced downstairs to shoot photos whenever I thought heard casualties arrive.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s options for Syria

By Daniel Serwer
February 26, 2014

On Saturday the United Nations Security Council demanded that Syria’s government and its armed opponents end attacks on civilians, allow the delivery of humanitarian aid across borders and battle lines, and protect minorities. The Security Council also called for the lifting of sieges against civilians and said that it would take additional measures if the two parties did not comply.

from MacroScope:

Iran and Japan in focus at Davos

By Mike Peacock
January 22, 2014

Lots of action in Switzerland today with the annual get-together of the great and good at Davos getting underway and Syrian peace talks commencing in Montreux.

from The Great Debate:

Sarin: The lethal fog of war

By Leonard A. Cole
April 29, 2013

The Syrian government’s reported use of sarin in its war against rebel forces is ominous. It suggests dissemination of the nerve agent could become more frequent there -- whether by the Syrian military or by opposition forces in possession of captured stockpiles. If this happens, many more people will likely suffer the tortured effects of the chemical.

from The Great Debate:

Weighing U.S.intervention: Syria v. Congo

February 28, 2013

President Barack Obama, in a January New Republic interview, was asked bluntly if the United States should actively intervene in Syria's civil war. He thoughtfully explained his reservations. Several concerned Syria, but the last one pointed to larger ethical issues. “And how do I weigh,” Obama asked, “tens of thousands who've been killed in Syria versus the tens of thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo?"

from The Great Debate:

Has Obama administration gone wobbly on Syria?’

By Bennett Ramberg
January 29, 2013

Syria, chemical weapons and the United States. If nothing else, President Barack Obama last month was emphatic. “I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad,” Obama declared at the National Defense University in early December, “….The world is watching. The use of chemical weapons is…totally unacceptable….[T]here will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”

from The Great Debate:

Romney’s big chance with Jewish voters

By Keith Koffler
October 22, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Monday foreign policy debate, should play to the Jewish TV audience like he was the star of a Borscht Belt revue.

from Bernd Debusmann:

Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power

By Bernd Debusmann
February 11, 2012

In mid-December, the U.S. State Department’s point man on Syria, Frederic Hof, described the government of President Bashar al-Assad as ‘the equivalent of a dead man walking.” On February 6, President Barack Obama followed up by saying the fall of the regime was not a matter of if but of when.

from Full Focus:

Revealing Syria’s revolt

November 15, 2011

International pressure on President Bashar al-Assad is mounting after months of bloodshed in Syria. Hundreds have been killed this month in one of the bloodiest periods of the revolt, inspired by uprisings which have overthrown leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. With independent journalists banned from covering the uprising, the responsibility of documenting the conflict has fallen to ordinary citizens. It is important to note that Reuters cannot independently verify the content in the following images from inside Syria.

from Tales from the Trail:

Demonized in Damascus? Kucinich protests

June 30, 2011

One of the Obama administration's sharpest critics on the left is coming in for some sharp criticism himself after what appeared to be a friendly visit to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.