INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
Posted: June 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Five Islamist fighters identified as Australian and British nationals have called on Muslims to join the wars in Syria and Iraq, in a new video released by ISIL.
Posted: June 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. What is happening in Iraq today is directly related to three central developments: President Bush's misguided Iraq war, President Obama's failure to reach a security arrangement with Iraq, and the unwillingness of the US to provide the rebels in Syria early on with military hardware.
Posted: June 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Whether by mere coincidence, strategic design or a blend of the two, there are as many winners as there are losers in the Iraq game. Russia knows this game well. The United States, the heir to the Sykes-Picot map, will be forced to learn it fast.
Posted: May 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. President says he will work with Congress to "ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators," but offered no specifics.
Posted: May 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Officials say that Syria, because it has become a magnet and training ground for Islamic extremists from all over the world, now poses a greater security threat to the U.S., European nations and countries in the region.
Posted: April 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. British Foreign Secretary William Hague pressed the world's chemical weapons watchdog to finish its probe into the alleged use of chlorine gas in Syria as urgently as possible.
Posted: April 28, 2014
SYRIA. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has formally submitted his nomination to seek a third term in office in an election due to be held in early June.
Posted: April 21, 2014
SYRIA. Syria set a presidential election for June 3, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power.
Posted: April 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. hasn't yet substantiated accusations made by both government and opposition forces that poisonous gas was used during an attack on a village north of Damascus.
Posted: April 4, 2014
LEBANON. The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria's civil war.
Posted: April 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Assad's army started using longer-range Russian Smerch and Uragan rockets for the first time in February, according to Jane's Defense Weekly and Stratfor.
Posted: March 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. During a meeting at the king's desert compound Obama and Abdullah discussed steps to help opponents of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad while isolating extremists.
Posted: March 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Attempts to negotiate a diplomatic solution to Syria's civil war are failing, a U.S. State Department official said, as lawmakers denounced the Obama administration's response to the country's turmoil.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. "We call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria based on the Geneva I communique," calling for a peaceful transition of power.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait urged fellow Arab leaders to resolve disputes complicating crises such as Syria's war and unrest in Egypt, but diplomats said tensions bubbled behind the scenes.
date:Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.