31 May 2018

Syria’s Assad vows to retake areas held by US-backed Kurds

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned US-backed Kurdish forces he wouldn’t hesitate to use force to retake one-third of the country they currently control. Assad also warned in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday that the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and remove its troops from Syria.”

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02 Oct 2013

Football and the Illusive Stability of Coalition Governments in the MENA States

An Arab Spring political cycle is emerging. Single-party domination gives way to multi-party democracy which crumbles back into single-party domination. Football: An Introductory Anecdote Sitting with a group of western-educated, politically active Tunisians at a restaurant in Tunis, I commented on my surprise at the absence of soccer-playing children. I

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04 Sep 2012

Jordan’s Uncertain Future

Public protests erupted throughout Jordan in February of this year. While security officials in Amman are well accustomed to demonstrations within the city limits, the February protests also reached further out into the tribal regions, leading some to think that these small tremors of unrest are signs of a larger

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29 Jun 2012

Cold War II? Russia and the US in Syria

The civil war in Syria is creating a Russia-US divide that could push the countries into a second Cold War. The US faces many threats abroad but none have yet surpassed the threat of her former nemesis, Russia, the core of the former-Soviet giant. Today’s Russia is in many ways

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06 Feb 2012

U.S. Closes embassy in Syria

“The State Department shuttered its embassy in Syria and pulled out its remaining staff Monday after the government refused to address its security concerns, senior State Department officials tell CNN.” Source: BREAKING: U.S. Closes embassy in Syria – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs

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06 Feb 2012

Activist: ‘We’re really tired of talk’ as rockets blast through Syrian city

” Intense blasts echoed through the ravaged Syrian city of Homs on Monday after a weekend bloodbath ended in hundreds of deaths there, local activists said.” (Source: Activist: ‘We’re really tired of talk’ as rockets blast through Syrian city – CNN.com.)

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04 Feb 2012

200 alleged killed in Syria

“As international anger grows over reports of mass carnage at the hands of the Syrian regime, the U.N. Security Council could vote Saturday on a draft resolution that would pressure the government to stop a crackdown on dissidents.” (Source: Activists report Homs massacre, as U.N. Security Council mulls vote –

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30 Jan 2012

Bomb blast hits military bus near Damascus, killing 6

“Six people were killed on early Sunday morning when a bomb blast hit a bus carrying army personnel near the Syrian capital of Damascus, state-run media reported on Monday. Several others were injured. “ Source: Bomb blast hits military bus near Damascus, killing 6 : Upfront News

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28 Jan 2012

Arab League suspends observer mission in Syria

“The Arab League has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of an increase in violence, a senior league source said Saturday.” (Source: Arab League suspends observer mission in Syria – CNN.com.)

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