We have heard a lot about the rebels fighting in the Syrian civil war against the forces of Bashar Al-Assad, but who are these fighters? Malcolm Nance spent 20 years as a counter-intelligence officer in the U.S. military and taught terrorism survival. He also lived in Syria and Lebanon and can speak  Syrian-dialect Arabic.

Nance will speak tonight at 7 p.m. at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce at 1 North St. in Hudson, in a speech sponsored by the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

NY Congressman Schedules Phone Town Hall On Syria

Sep 12, 2013

A New York Congressman is holding a telephone town hall Thursday evening to hear directly from constituents on potential U.S. involvement in Syria.

9/12/13 - Panel

Sep 12, 2013

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, and University at Albany Journalism Professor, Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Emotional intelligence taught?
The widening gulf between rich and poor

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal discusses Syria with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Sep 11, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about the latest developments concerning U.S. military involvement in Syria, the New York City and Albany mayoral primaries, and the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Pointing to the House’s record during the Bush administration, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, the dean of the state delegation, says he believes Republican opposition to President Obama’s plan for possible military strikes against Syria is based on political calculations. Neal spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program.


Syria is now saying it will put its chemical weapons under international control as a diplomatic solution to avoid a U.S. strike. But the question of military action in retribution for an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed thousands in Syria last month still looms as Congress resumes session. Meanwhile, the president prepares to address the nation tonight.

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the potential for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria and primary elections in New York State.

9/9/13 - Panel

Sep 9, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, activist and commentator Libby Post, and Ray Graf.

WAMC's Pete Seeger concert in Peekskill
DiBlasio (NY Times)
College bubble bursting (Times Union)

Olga Lednichenko, flickr

A peace and justice action network in Westchester is holding a 24-hour protest against U.S. military strikes in Syria. The peaceful demonstration begins Friday evening.