syria

Commentary & Opinion
12:07 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Herbert London: The Syrian Cesspool and U.S. Inaction

If one wants to understand what happens in world affairs when the U.S. sits on the sidelines unsure of its role and even its interest, Syria is an excellent case study. Now that a civil war has struck every corner of that country, Bashar Assad and his military force have killed at least 70,000 people, many rebels and may innocent bystanders.

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World News
9:03 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Reports: Dozens Of Bodies Found In Syria; Young Men Apparently Executed

CIA World Factbook

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 9:46 am

Activists and rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are reporting today that "the bodies of dozens of young men, all apparently summarily executed" have been found in and around the Quwaiq River, the BBC writes.

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World News
10:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

In Syria, Two Opponents Of The Regime Fight Each Other

A Syrian rebel fighter in the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 11. The rebels and a Kurdish militia in the town both oppose President Bashar Assad's regime, but they have been fighting each other in recent days.
Murad Seezer Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 6:45 pm

In a small border town in northern Syria, there are two groups that both oppose President Bashar Assad's regime. But instead of working in tandem, the Syrian rebels and a Kurdish militia have been battling each other in the town of Ras al-Ayn.

Sally Ali, a 26-year-old resident of Ras al-Ayn, told NPR by phone that the streets are completely empty. "It's a ghost town," she says.

She estimates about half of the town's residents fled to nearby villages; the other half are trapped in their homes by the ongoing violence.

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World News
2:04 am
Wed January 16, 2013

For Those Still In Syria, A Daily Struggle

A family crosses a street piled with rubbish in Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 5.
Andoni Lubaki AP

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 8:16 pm

The situation for Syrian refugees is getting dire. Much has been reported about the worsening conditions for hundreds of thousands of Syrians taking up shelter just outside the country's borders, but inside Syria, the numbers are even higher. The United Nations says some 2 million people have been displaced from their homes in Syria, and most of them end up squatting in mosques and schools. NPR's Kelly McEvers spent a night in one of those schools, in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, and sent this report.

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World News
11:38 am
Tue January 15, 2013

In War-Torn Aleppo, Old Doors That Reflect A Grand Tradition

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Kelly McEvers NPR

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 12:37 pm

Aleppo's storied old city, which dates to the 12th century, has suffered much in the fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels over the past few months. But parts of the city remain intact, as I saw on a recent walk through the winding, stone alleys on the way to the front line.

Centuries ago, it took Muslims from this area months in a caravan to make the pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, which is now part of Saudi Arabia.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum – 2012 In The Headlines : 12/27/12

From the re-election of President Barack Obama, to the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, to the “fiscal cliff,” on today’s show we want to know what you think are the biggest news stories of 2012.

It’s our Vox Pop year in review today, and whether national, local, or personal, we want to know what stories are on your list. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:36 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Herbert London: Why Iran Won The Last Middle East Conflict

Although the truce between Gaza and Israel didn’t lead to an unequivocal result, Israeli officials said they destroyed most rocket launchers and Gazan leaders maintain the settlement means they resisted the Israeli offensive and have been emboldened by their relative success. Is there a victor in this struggle?

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - President Obama's Press Conference : 11/14/12

On this edition of Vox Pop - what did you think of President Barack Obama's first press conference since his reelction? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Congressional Corner with Joe Courtney - Part 3

The violence in Syria appears far from resolution. In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut representative Joe Courtney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. must be careful about Assad’s replacement.

New York News
1:27 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Gibson: Keep U.S. forces out of Syria

Congressman Chris Gibson
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Upstate New York Congressman Chris Gibson, a Republican and retired Army colonel who sits on the House Committee on Armed Services, says the U.S. should not intervene in Syria, where opposition forces are locked in a violent struggle against the regime. Gibson spoke with WAMC today.

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