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UN Peace Talks on Syria Remain Stalled
Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tone of the Western response to Russia

  January 29, 2016

Initial Syrian Peace Talks Won't Include Syrians
New Internationalism Project Director Phyllis Bennis says the U.N. Security Council resolution allows for the participation of all outside supporters of the opposition forces

  December 22, 2015

War Mongers Join Forces in Syria, But Can They Defeat ISIS?
After the British parliament voted in favor of airstrikes in Syria, University of Louvain physicist Jean Bricmont says international law must be central in dealing with Syria and the Islamic State

  December 3, 2015

Back to Square One, Obama Says Assad Must Go
After Vienna international talks created a political transition in Syria, Trinity College's Vijay Prashad says Obama's pre-condition that Assad must go is lock in step with Turkish and Saudi interests

  November 20, 2015

Why Did ISIS Target Paris?
Journalist Barry Lando explains how French airstrikes on ISIS, its military presence in Africa, and contentious relationship with its Muslim community planted the seeds for an attack

  November 18, 2015

Iran Agrees to Political Transition Where Assad is Not the Main Focus
Trinity College's Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center

  October 30, 2015

Iran to Join Syria Talks
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia's escalated involvement in Syria

  October 27, 2015

Who Are the Targets of Russian Airstrikes in Syria?
Russians claim to be targeting ISIS while United States says the strikes are hitting pro-Western rebel forces, but London Metropolitan University's Sami Ramadani says these two groups are practically one in the same

  October 18, 2015

Russians Could Force New Negotiations Over Syria
Phyllis Bennis of IPS says there are many players that need to be at the table for negotiations that could be conducted in phases to bring about a real solution

  October 7, 2015

A Syria Without Assad?
Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and whether it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end

  October 9, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (2/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein debate what are the real goals of the U.S. in Syria

  October 5, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (1/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein argue that Russian and US interests in the region must heed the domestic forces that could provide a real political solution that could benefit majority of the Syrian people

  October 2, 2015

Is Obama Fighting ISIS, Assad or Russia?
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri of York University says Obama speech at the UN pushes anti-ISIS forces towards Russian strategy

  September 29, 2015

Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel
Shir Hever says Netanyahu made misleading statements after his trip to Russia about coordinated military action in Syria

  September 24, 2015

Clinton Calls U.S. Policy in Syria a "Failure"
Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com discusses his qualified agreement with Hilary Clinton on the "failure" of U.S. policy In Syria

  September 21, 2015

The Guardian Reveals the West Ignored Russian Offer to Have Assad Step Aside in 2012
Policy analyst Phyllis Bennis says the United States has a moral responsibility to address the Syrian refugee crisis after The Guardian UK reveals Russia offered to help depose Assad three years ago. Note: The headline of this story has been updated for accuracy

  September 15, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS
Journalist Reese Erlich says the U.S. bombing campaign doesn't have a major impact in Syria because it has no allies on the ground other than the Kurdish Peshmerga

  April 20, 2015

Turkish-Syrian Border "The Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech
Vijay Prashad says Obama's comments at the UN on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

  September 23, 2014

US Bombs Syria without Congressional Approval
After the House passes a rule banning calls for a debate or vote on war authorization, critics say Obama and congressional leadership are curbing dissent within own their ranks

  September 24, 2014

TRNN Debate: Is Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Justified?
David Swanson and Danny Postel debate whether the dire humanitarian situation in Syria justifies limited military intervention

  March 6, 2014

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