The West’s Web of Lies in Syria

Motives for the violent Western intervention in Syria — where since at least early 2012 the CIA has been sending large shipments of weapons to Sunni militants working with al-Qaida front Jabhat al-Nusra — predictably appear rooted in geostrategic, rather than humanitarian, interests. Iran recently secured a $10 billion pipeline deal with Syria and Iraq that the U.S. and its European allies bitterly opposed. The project would bring Iranian hydrocarbons to the Mediterranean as well as Russia, which has sought to expand its influence in the region’s energy development.

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Playing it Safe: Syria

With the Syrian conflict having passed its two year last month, the casualty count is mounting. An estimated 75000 people have died, and about 2.6 million refugees have been displaced. As the Syrian Free Army struggles to displace Bashar Al-Assad’s powerful minority government, the international community seemingly remains hesitant in its desire to involve itself … Continue reading Playing it Safe: Syria

Where is the US?

After a divisive campaign and polemical debates, this week France became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week, New Zealand was the 13th. France became the ninth country in Europe, following even staunchly Catholic Portugal and Spain, to legalize same-sex marriage. The wild protests and fierce support have illustrated a contentious dichotomy in French … Continue reading Where is the US?

Burma’s Progress Hindered by Religious Violence

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been wracked with political and social turmoil since it fell victim to a military-backed coup d’état in 1962. Many nations around the world have never formally recognized the ruling military junta, and the United Nations has repeatedly condemned the Burmese government for numerous human rights violations. Recently, however, the military … Continue reading Burma’s Progress Hindered by Religious Violence