Assad

  • June 22, 2012  

    Tracy Shelton of GlobalPost reports from behind the front line in Syria, where she has been embedded with Syria’s opposition fighters. Then Ray Suarez speaks with Randa Slim of the New America Foundation on the strength and strategies of the opposition forces in Syria. Slim is in regular contact with Syrian fighters. Continue reading

  • June 15, 2012   BY Hugh Macleod and Annasofie Flamand of GlobalPost  

    An active member of Syria’s feared shabiha militia says he is in a “win or die” fight for his president (and a little bit of cash). Continue reading

  • June 13, 2012  

    Washington and Moscow exchanged a war of words Wednesday over Syria and President Bashar al-Assad’s escalating campaign to pound rebel cities into submission. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • June 13, 2012  

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Russia that its interests in Syria will be harmed if it does not attempt to stop bloodshed. Jeffrey Brown discusses the crisis’ ties to strained diplomacy with Michele Dunne of the Atlantic Council’s Center for the Middle East and Dimitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012  

    Violence in Syria surged Monday as government and opposition forces escalated their use of lethal weapons. Shelling continued in Homs, killing at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012  

    As dozens more died Monday in Syria amid heavy fighting, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan said he was “gravely concerned,” citing reports of continued shelling in Homs. Gwen Ifill discusses the prospects for civil war with Andrew Tabler of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center. Continue reading

  • June 8, 2012  

    Friday morning brought a new barrage of shelling in the Syrian city of Homs. Also, U.N. monitors saw evidence of multiple killings in a small town where activists reported a massacre. They said they found flesh, blood and piles of ash but no bodies. NPR’s Deborah Amos joins Ray Suarez by phone from Damascus. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012  

    U.N. observers in Syria said Thursday that they were blocked from accessing the scene of another alleged mass killing — and even fired upon. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned the threat of civil war there is “imminent and real.” Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012  

    “Syria cannot be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until [President] Assad goes,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday, calling the latest near massacre “unconscionable.” Ray Suarez and The Washington Post’s Colum Lynch discuss the latest diplomatic maneuvering over Syria at the United Nations. Continue reading

  • May 30, 2012   BY Tracey Shelton of GlobalPost  

    Syrian forces target medical workers and hospitals, leaving the country’s wounded with no place to go. Continue reading