Damascus

Syria's Crazy Campaign to Lure Tourists
What civil war? The Ministry of Tourism thinks you'll enjoy these new beachside cafes
May 28, 2014

Half the country is displaced, and historic sites turned to rubble, but Bashar al-Assad has launched a tourism campaign.

Is Assad Goading Obama?
The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.
August 26, 2013

The new Syrian atrocities may have been a miscalculation. But America's rhetoric encouraged them.

An Israeli Strike, An American Message
The bombing of weapons in Syria has as much to do with Iran
May 04, 2013

How the bombing of weapons in Syria sends a message to Iran, too.

Dear Syria, Save Damascus' Old City
December 18, 2012

If the city becomes a battleground, it won't just be Syria's loss, but rather civilization's.

How Sectarianism Blinds the Shia to the Horrors of Syria
October 05, 2012

The Syrian rebellion is exposing a dangerous contradiction in the Shia of the Middle East. Why are the victims supporting the victimizers?

Syria Burns on Obama's Back Burner
September 14, 2012

Does the United States have a foreign policy? Of course it does. So what exactly is it?

Baathism: An Obituary
September 14, 2012

When Bashar Al Assad's government finally collapses in Syria, it will mean the end of a totalitarian ideology that thrived—and killed—for 70 years.

Inside Syria’s Fracturing Rebellion
August 30, 2012

JEBEL ZAWIYA, SYRIA—The unglamorous municipal building, on which black daubs evince graffiti wars between the regime (“Bashar Assad or the country burns!”) and the opposition (“Leave, oh Bashar!”) did not look fit for a king. But it was immediately obvious when the man in the pressed green khakis strode in that we were in the presence of a leader. Men who had been sitting around in the room chatting fell silent. The leather chair behind the desk was seamlessly vacated.

The Fate of Syria is in the Hands of … Palestinians?
July 29, 2012

For decades, the Assad regime in Syria was the most ardent regional champion of the Palestinian cause. When the country went to war with Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973, it claimed to do so on behalf of Palestine. Hafez al-Assad stood steadfastly against the Oslo Accords, refusing to support the compromise that the Palestinians were themselves prepared to make. And since coming to power in 2000, Bashar al-Assad has been a crucial patron of numerous Palestinian terrorist groups, just like his father before him.

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