WHAT: Syria’s best-known cartoonist, Ali Ferzat, 60, was dragged from his car before dawn by four masked gunmen who beat him severely and broke both his hands as a warning to stop drawing Syrian autocrat Bashar al Assad.WHY: Ferzat posted a cartoon on his website this week showing Assad with a packed suitcase, hitching a ride with fleeing Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The cartoonist was a vehement critic of Assad’s bloody crackdown against his people. Read More
Congratulations to President Barack Obama for finally calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. It was past time, but we applaud the president’s statement as well as the administration’s capable diplomacy that brought the major Anglo-European democracies on board. Read More
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Senator John Kerry, whose presidential campaign was plagued by accusations that he chronically flip-flopped on the issues, is apparently at it again. Read More
Half a year after the fall of Tunisia’s Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, it’s time for a partial reckoning of the Arab Spring. Verdict: uncertain.
Syria’s recent demonstrations on the Golan Heights commemorating the 44th anniversary of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war are evidence that the regional ground is in some ways shifting dangerously. Read More