Pivoting back to the Middle East

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When President Obama dispatched Hillary Clinton from Myanmar to Gaza, he was admitting something he'd rather not say in public: it won't be... Read more

Invading Gaza would be a very bad idea

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Israel has every right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza. But the Israeli government should be careful that its response does... Read more

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone....

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Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.... Cairo. The sudden resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director over an affair makes me... Read more

Mourning the loss of cultural pluralism in Antakya (Antioch) and Aleppo

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In the midst of talking to Syrian activists and opposition leaders in the towns on Turkey’s southern border with Syria, I found a small... Read more

Syria will be top of the foreign policy agenda after the election

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It’s easy to understand why Americans would have no interest in the Syrian revolution, and no desire for the United States to be involved... Read more

Key Syrian rebel leader interviewed by Trudy Rubin nearly killed

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On Friday, I interviewed. Col. Abdul-Jabbar Akidi, the top rebel commander in the Aleppo area, is trying to unify the various rebel forces... Read more

Syrian activist works for leadership that could oust Bashar al Assad

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Antakya, Turkey. I sat tonight in a cafe in this Turkish town near the Syrian border, with a Syrian activist who is heavily involved in an... Read more

The face of Syria's military resistance

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I’m in Turkey interviewing members of the Syrian opposition from cities and towns in the north of Syria which are fully or partially... Read more