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
INTERNATIONAL. "The rift between President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu is actually reflective of Erdogan's ambitions to consolidate his power not only over his party but also over the country as a whole."
INTERNATIONAL. While Palmyra may hold great significance to the world, the final decision should belong to those who cared for it, managed it, fought for it, and protected it for generations: the Syrian people.
INTERNATIONAL. Syria became nothing but a pawn in the hands of the merchants of death, the states and various extremist groups who mercilessly used Syrians' lives to further their narrow political schemes.
INTERNATIONAL. The Syrian ceasefire will be ineffective at building peace and will not lead rebel groups to form a united front; War requires both a unified command and the ability to make decisions quickly. If that is not possible, the best the opposition group can hope for is not to be destroyed.