Syria

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Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

Syria: What Obama hath wrought is about to become his successor’s nightmare

By Sol W. Sanders September 5, 2016 It would be hard to exaggerate the mess in the Middle East that President Barack Obama is leaving his successor. While the five-year Syrian civil war continues unabated, pitting a number of different armed groups against each other with their foreign sponsors, Washington is caught in its own […]

 FreePressers Staff

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a teleprompter] was a failure in his effort to move to a more “presidential” persona. One […]

 FreePressers Staff

Christian genocide: The U.S. White House and State Department remain stubbornly silent

Christian genocide: The U.S. White House and State Department remain stubbornly silent

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Among the many anomalies of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, none appear so anachronistic as its refusal to label the persecution and annihilation of Christians in the Middle East as genocide. Granted that the term has been too often thrown around carelessly, used incorrectly as a synonym for […]

 FreePressers Staff

2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

2013: Get ready world, here it comes!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s time once again to look at the crystal ball, or snow globe, and attempt to peer ahead at the global political and economic horizon as we enter the New Year.  The political landscape offers both promise and peril but so many of the outcomes of each and […]

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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

 Freepressers

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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Assessing the near-term prospects as Syria enters post-Assad era

Assessing the near-term prospects as Syria enters post-Assad era

By Brian M Downing In recent weeks the Assad government has lost control of more cities and border checkpoints. Its army is unable or unwilling to retake them. The Kurdish people to the east, though divided on their political future, are slipping out of Damascus’s authority – and with them, much of the country’s limited […]

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The stench of Benghazi: Select committee must be impaneled now

The stench of Benghazi: Select committee must be impaneled now

By Sol W. Sanders Despite superficial controversy either purposely manufactured by the Obama Administration to cover its tracks or simply the product of a kept main stream media, fundamental issues associated with the assassination of four Americans hovers ghostlike over the political scene. Neither Gen. David Petraeus’ sexual peccadilloes — and, apparently, other high level […]

 FreePressers Staff

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Global Information System The precisely-target bombing assassination on Oct. 19, 2012, in the Christian Ashrafia area of Beirut of Brig.-Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the Internal Security Force Information Branch Chief, and six other officials, highlighted an area neglected by external analysts and policy officials. We refer to the extent to which Lebanese security forces were actively […]