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Syrian Army’s 4th Division fights in Damascus for Assad regime’s survival

Maher, left, and Bahsar Assad.  /

Special to NICOSIA — These may be the last days in power for Syria’s President Assad. His powerful and loyal military is disintegrating, security forces are deserting their posts and Damascus has the feel of a ghost town. The brother of President Bashar Assad commands the only major Army unit that remains effective in [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

K St. on edge: Block on foreign lobbying by ex-officials could become ‘seismic event’

Rep. Frank Wolf: "Why should somebody who had been an ambassador or CIA station chief then go out and work for that country?"

Special to Compiled by Miles Yu, A bill working its way through Congress has the potential to alter the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy by prohibiting former senior U.S. government officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign countries for a decade after leaving office. Introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), the bill would [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Intel Brief,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Christians in Gaza abducted, forced to convert to Islam

Inside the Saint Porfirios Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City.  /Reuters/Mohammed Salem

Special to RAMALLAH — Palestinian Christians have been forced to convert in the Gaza Strip. Christian sources said Islamists aligned with the Hamas regime were threatening the estimated 2,000 Christians and their churches throughout the Gaza Strip. They said at least five Greek Orthodox Christians have been abducted and forced to convert to Islam [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Hamas,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

‘The greater love’ survives a massacre


Wesley Pruden Gloria Steinem was wrong. Once in a fit of frustration she rolled her eyes, stamped her feet, and declared that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” This became a battle cry in the war between the sexes. Three young women, who survived the movie-palace massacre in Colorado because [...]

July 24th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Culture,Wesley Pruden | Read More »

Syrian Alawites flee Sunni onslaught for coastal cities also populated by Russians, Iranians

Giant portraits of Bashar and Hafez Assad hang on a building in downtown Latakia.  /DH Flood photo

Special to NICOSIA — Tens of thousands of Alawites have relocated to the coast of Syria in what could form the basis of a minority state led by President Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition sources said Alawites were leaving major Syrian cities including Damascus for the provinces of Latakia and Tartous. The opposition said the [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Iran,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

Another ‘leading-from-behind-triumph’: Syria’s ‘nationalist’ disaster makes way for something worse

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qara, near Damascus July 20.  /Shaam News Network/Reuters

Sol W. Sanders   Whatever develops out of the bloody, chaotic mess Syria has become, it is unlikely that the short-term outcome will be good or the long-term prospects much brighter. One has only to recall the dozens of post-World War II coups that preceded the arrival of the Assad/Alawite/Baathist dictatorship in 1970, a dictatorship [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Life,Mideast,Sol Sanders,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

National security, the Muslim Brotherhood and Sec. of State Clinton’s top aide

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Deputy Cheif of Staff Huma Abedin.  /Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images

Special to By Cliff Kincaid Sen. John McCain has become a left-wing media darling for defending Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin against truthful charges that she has family connections to the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. Andrew McCarthy notes there used to be a time when McCain was alarmed by the advance of the Muslim Brotherhood. [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Life,Mideast,Stateside,Terrorism,Top Stories,U.S. Media,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Kurds quietly carve out autonomous region amid revolt in Syria

Kurds represent around nine percent of Syria's 23-million-strong population. Most live in the country's northern regions and in Damascus.  /AFP/STR

Special to NICOSIA — The Kurdish community, exploiting the Sunni revolt, has quietly established an autonomous region in northern Syria. Kurdish sources said the minority community was organizing to become a separate entity in Syria. The sources said for the first time in more than 60 years Kurds were controlling territory in Syria, particularly [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

3 days after coming back online, Egyptian pipeline bombed for 15th time

An Egyptian man walks in front of a gas pipeline, used to export fuel to Israel and Jordan, that was blown up by attackers on July 22 in El Arish.  /AFP

Special to CAIRO — Egypt’s natural gas pipeline has again been attacked. On July 22, the Arab Gas Pipeline, which spans Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, was bombed near the northern capital of El Arish. The facility was struck by suspected Bedouin insurgents three days after the restoration of operations. This marked the 15th attack on [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Israel,Jordan,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Assad regime in ‘its last days’; family said to be in Moscow

Syrian President Bashar Assad meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin in December 2006.  /AP/File

Special to LONDON — President Bashar Assad, his military and security forces straining to contain Sunni rebels, was expected to flee Syria. Diplomats said Assad could decide to seek safe haven in Russia, the president’s leading ally. Neither Assad or his younger brother, Maher, has been heard from since the July 18 attack. On [...]

July 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Exclusives,France,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

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