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Syrian Nuns Freed By Kidnappers After Three Months

Syrian Nuns Freed By Kidnappers After Three Months

By Val Powell March 11, 2014

Syrian insurgents have finally released the 13 nuns and three attendants who were kidnapped from a Greek Orthodox monastery in November. The release of the Syrian nuns was part of a hostage swap. In return for the nuns’ release, rebel …

Prince Alwaleed Says Obama Lacks Coherent Policy Prince Alwaleed Says Obama Lacks Coherent Policy

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi royal and self-made billionaire investor, said President Barack Obama lacks a “comprehensive and coherent foreign policy” toward the Arab world. Alwaleed made the comment at “The Year Ahead: 2014,” a two-day conference in Chicago, …

Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days Israeli Airstrikes: Three Attacks in Two Days

Israel appears to be responsible for a series of bombings over the last two days, according to separate reports by the New York Times and USA Today. The NYT article, published today, has Israeli military strikes killing four Hamas militants …

OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed OPCW: Syria’s Chemical Weapons Factories Destroyed
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According to a press release from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the joint OPCW-UN mission to render Syrian chemical weapons production sites inoperable was highly successful. “The government of the Syrian Arab Republic has completed the functional …

Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat Saudi Arabia Rejects U.N. Security Council Seat

CBS News reported that Saudi Arabia rejected its seat on the U.N. Security Council just mere hours after the five new members were announced. Saudi Arabian discontent seems directed at the United States over some of D.C.’s decisions in the …

Syrian Chemical Weapons: Soon to be Dismantled Syrian Chemical Weapons: Soon to be Dismantled

On Monday, a team of 20 engineers, chemists and paramedics will make their way from the Netherlands to Syria to begin the most hazardous mission of disarmement in history, dismantling the one of the world’s largest chemical weapons arsenals. Due …

Syria Chemical Weapons: UN Votes To Eliminate Syria Chemical Weapons: UN Votes To Eliminate

Syria’s chemical weapons have been stirring up quite the controversy in recent weeks, leading up to an eventual vote from the United Nations. Syria’s use of chemical weapons gained the attention of President Obama and became a very serious issue …

Syrian Antiquities at Risk, Says UN Syrian Antiquities at Risk, Says UN

Earlier this month, UNESCO announced that Egypt’s Malawi National Museum had been ransacked, with most of its collections looted during last month’s military crackdown on supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. An expedition of experts sent by the organization …

Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz

The BBC reported this morning that fighting between some of the rebel groups has come to a grinding halt in the town of Azaz. Militants linked to al-Qaeda and fighting under the banner of “The Islamic State of Iraq and …

John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru
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Last weekend, John McCain made it clear he intended to write a counterpoint to Vladimir Putin’s viral NYT column, and that he wanted that piece published by Pravda. The internet teased McCain because of his outdated worldview (let’s face it: …

UN Inspectors’ Report Suggests Damascus to Blame UN Inspectors’ Report Suggests Damascus to Blame

The United Nations released its report on the chemical weapons attack that killed masses of civilians in Syria on 21 August and while the conclusions are not definitive in assigning blame, the report suggests the complicity of the Syrian government. …

McCain: I'll Write my Own Op-Ed in Pravda! McCain: I'll Write my Own Op-Ed in Pravda!

For the first time in history, one world leader will respond to another world leader via newspaper columns in their respective nations and languages. Vladimir Putin penned a NYT column last week that discussed U.S. foreign policy with regard to …

US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria US and Russia Reach Agreement on Syria

The New York times reports in a breaking story that The US and Russia have finally come to an agreement, calling for Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons to be destroyed or removed by the middle of 2014. The agreement states …

David Petraeus Target of Protests at CUNY David Petraeus Target of Protests at CUNY
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The last time we heard from David Petraeus, he was resigning as director of the CIA due to his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. Since then, we haven’t heard much commotion from the scapegoat of US military actions in …

Elizabeth O'Bagy: Syria Writer Fired For Lying About Her PHD Elizabeth O'Bagy: Syria Writer Fired For Lying About Her PHD
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Elizabeth O’Bagy is probably not known to most people, unless you have been following the debate surrounding Syria very closely. O’Bagy, 26 years old, until recently was a senior analyst at the Institute For The Study of War in Washington. …

Putin Takes His Case to the States in NYT Op-Ed Putin Takes His Case to the States in NYT Op-Ed
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The “bad boy” president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has a message for the American people, and in a conveniently timed viral column that The New York Times published on September 11, Putin bypasses political pleasantries and gets right to business. …

Ann Coulter calls Obama "monkey" on Fox News Hannity Ann Coulter calls Obama "monkey" on Fox News Hannity
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Yesterday evening, the popular neoconservative commentator and author Ann Coulter felt impulsive enough to call Barack Obama a “monkey” who is apparently being danced around by Russian President Vladimir Putin. To put it mildly, Coulter is not new to controversy. …