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The War on Bread

How the Syrian regime is using starvation as a weapon

On June 16, 2012, a collection of videos from Syria were posted to YouTube. In them, a shaky cell phone camera pans across the inside of a bakery in Farhaniyeh, a village in the province of Homs. Plump white rolls of risen dough seem to glow in the dim interior. More dough sits in a mixer. Birds chirp outside.

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The Unluckiest People on Earth

Syrians refugees thought Egypt would be safe. They were wrong.

Long before the start of the Arab Spring, Syrians in the southern town of Saqba had close ties with Egyptians in Damietta. For generations, the two towns were their countries’ capitals of furniture making, and businessmen and artisans moved back and forth between them. When Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime began driving citizens from their homes, many residents of Saqba found Damietta a logical destination. Some had existing relationships with Egyptians there, and Egypt overall was welcoming toward Syrian refugees.

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Failure to Rescue

How FDR hurt Jewish would-be immigrants

President Roosevelt’s policies about Jews were calculated the way he calculated other strategic options: politically. But some choices fall in a different, more fundamental, dimension. That is what Josiah DuBois implied when he charged the United States with complicity in Hitler’s murders. These judgments still sting.

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Obama's Strange Silence on Syria

Even before chemical weapons were used, there was a refugee crisis. Why won't the president act?

There's a refugee crisis. And now, chemical weapons have been used. When will the president act?

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