Syria

  • January 11, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, assassins struck a new blow at Iran and its nuclear program. A hit-and-run bombing killed a top nuclear scientist in Tehran. Also, in Israel, the head of the military suggested that things might happen “unnaturally” to Iran in 2012. Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012  

    In a public address Tuesday, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad declared his plans to defeat conspiracy against his country’s regime. John Ray of Independent Television News reports on his speech and the government’s ongoing crackdown against dissidents. Continue reading

  • January 10, 2012  

    In a defiant public speech Tuesday, Syrian President Assad repeated promises of reform and plans to crush dissent against his regime. Margaret Warner discusses what’s next for Syria with former U.S. Ambassador Theodore Kattouf and Andrew Tabler, a Washington Institute fellow who lived in Syria for most of the last decade. Continue reading

  • January 6, 2012  

    In other news Friday, at least 25 people died in Syria when an explosion rocked an intersection in Damascus. Government officials claimed the blast was the result of a suicide bombing, but opposition activists accused the regime of staging the attack. Also, five NATO troops were killed in a series of bombings in Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • January 5, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, another wave of bombings struck in Iraq, killing at least 78 people. It was the second such coordinated attack since U.S. troops left the country last month. Also, the government of Myanmar announced that the party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be allowed to run in upcoming elections. Continue reading

  • January 4, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, the Big Three U.S. automakers turned in upbeat sales reports for 2011. Chrysler led the pack with a 26 percent gain over 2010 while General Motors sold 13 percent more. Also, opposition leaders said Syria’s government is misleading Arab League peace monitors about the military presence in some cities. Continue reading

  • January 3, 2012   BY P.J. Tobia  

    UPDATE Jan. 12. We post a special report with a series of audio, text and video responses from Syrian Americans who responded to our Public Insight Network query. UPDATE Jan. 9: Newshour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan hosted a live video chat … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2012  

    While the death toll in Syria’s unrest has climbed above 5,000, another side of the government crackdown has played out in the U.S. A federal indictment filed in October alleges a Virginia man was actively spying on expatriates in the U.S. and passing information back to Syria. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • January 2, 2012   BY P.J. Tobia  

    Are you a Syrian living in the United States? Have you been harassed or intimidated by agents of the Assad regime or the Mukhabarat? Has your family in Syria been punished for your political beliefs or actions here? For the … Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011  

    In other news Friday, an outpouring of anti-government protesters filled cities across Syria, marking a new challenge for President Bashar al-Assad. The opposition reported as many as 250,000 people turned out in Idlib and Hama. Also, at least nine people were killed in Pakistan when a car bomb exploded in the city of Quetta. Continue reading