The Middle East is in a precarious state.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he opposes military intervention in Syria.

Vermont’s Democratic congressman and a Republican representative from New York have submitted legislation that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria. The two were on C-SPAN Wednesday morning to discuss their bill.

Congressmen from New York and Vermont are among those introducing bipartisan legislation to block both military aid to Syrian rebel groups and U.S. support of military operations in Syria.

  Syria becomes more complicated by the day.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Bill Owens tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that doesn’t want the U.S. going at it alone.

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Days after the United States committed to increasing its involvement in Syria’s brutal civil war, New York’s senior U.S. Senator says America must be careful in its latest Middle East entanglement. Senator Charles Schumer spoke earlier today at the Albany-Rensselear Rail station.

6/14/13 - Panel

Jun 14, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

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5/1/13 - Panel

May 1, 2013

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


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

Apr 3, 2013

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.

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.

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.