syria

David Nightingale: Zenobia (240 - 275?)

Sep 13, 2015

This essay is about Queen Zenobia of Syria.

The setting is Palmyra, a beautiful city on an oasis at the edge of the Syrian desert. While there is a Palmyra on the Erie Canal in NY State, not far from Rochester NY, the Palmyra that Zenobia grew up in is situated between a mountain and the Orontes river -- with a pleasant climate, palm trees, and fertile land for such crops as barley, olives, figs, pistachios.

   President Barack Obama gave an address this morning about the drone strike in Pakistan that killed hostages from U.S. and Italy.

To discuss that and other topics we welcome James Ketterer – the director of international academic initiatives at Bard College. He previously served as AMIDEAST country director in Egypt and has worked in government, academia and international development.

  In this morning's Roundtable Debrief on Syria and the crisis in the country, we're joined by President of AMIDEAST, Ambassador Theodore Kattouf. He's a former US ambassador to Syria and the United Arab Emirates. He's also served as a Middle East analyst at the US State Department.

He will be coming to the Hudson Valley to give a lecture for the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley. The talk will be April 8 at 7 pm at the Hancock Center at Marist College. The title of the talk is: "Charting a Path for US Policy toward Syria, ISIS and Across the Middle East."

While in the region he will also speak to students at Bard College about diplomacy and will attend an event at Vassar College.‬

2/18/15 Panel

Feb 18, 2015

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include: Obama on immigration, Syria announces possible truce, Warren-Clinton Meeting, Deblasio/Police, Trip to Mars, and stories from the Times Union.

1/20/15 Panel

Jan 20, 2015

 The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include: State of the Union (and do we need one?), Rising economy boosts Obama’s standing, Diplomatic Efforts in Syria, Cuban Deportation, SONY Hacking, New England Patriots and Deflategate.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

    Strikes against the Islamic State terror group are under way.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he voted against the president’s plan.

U.S. Navy

President Obama finally delivered a presidential address in his strategy view of the war against ISIS. As a speech, it was admirable; as a strategy, it is questionable.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The worldwide terror threat ratchets upward with nations falling behind the U.S. to fight the so-called Islamic State. Closer to home, there are concerns about cyber-security and public corruption. The director of the FBI discussed those issues and more during a rare visit to Albany on Tuesday.

9/23/14 Panel

Sep 23, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Airstrikes
WH Intruder
Afghan Officers - Canada Border
Companies Tax Dodge
Religion in Politics Poll

9/12/14 Panel

Sep 12, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, leading expert in counter-terrorisim intelligence, Malcolm Nance, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
ISIS al-qaeda update
Syrian Rebel Training
New Terror Link
Tepid Support

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