Russia, one of the few remaining friends of Bashar al-Assad's regime, just sent the Syrian government some advanced antiship missiles.
From the reports of fighting coming out of Syria on Monday, it's hard to believe the war-ravaged country was ever the subject of a peace agreement, as the architect of that failed plan renewed his call to limit civilan casualties in Geneva.
U.N. monitors finally made it into Mazraat al-Qubeir after they were shot at while making their first attempt, and evidence left behind indicates the Syrian army played a heavy role in the massacre there.
A video posted online by opposition forces appears to show Syrian army soldiers laughing and mocking the dead as they pile up bodies and then blow them up.
The situation in Syria has deteriorated to the point where even the U.N.'s team of monitors can't go anywhere without coming under fire.
A senior official from the Syrian Air Force has defected and sided with opposition forces, and claims he witnessed the Houla massacre first hand.
Last night, Mitt Romney slammed President Obama's handling of the Syrian conflict while offering a plan that basically mirrors the White House's position.
You'd think the discovery of another round of execution-style killings in a country whose government has shown a propensity for lying, and whose refugees reported massacres and killings, would warrant U.N. intervention, right? Well, not if you ask Russia.
An 11-year-old boy was able to survive the massacres in Houla, and he told the Guardian how pro-regime militia men killed his family, and how he managed to escape.
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss what the next steps would be for the international community, and to hear directly from the head of the U.N.'s observer mission in Syria.
Violence in a small village in Syria has left around 100 people dead, including a least 25 children, and has put serious doubts on the supposed effectiveness of the U.N. monitors.
Israeli intelligence says there is evidence that Syrian rebels poisoned several top officials in the Syrian government, including the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad.
President Obama invited world leaders from France, Germany, the UK, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia, aka the G8, to a retreat in Camp David for the weekend, and they're coming to agreements on all kinds of big issues.
More and better weaponry is being funneled to Syrian rebels by neighboring Gulf states, which much of the support effort being organized by U.S. forces
Shadowy, Al-Qaeda-style terrorist groups aren't the only ones ignoring the nominal Syrian cease-fire, at least according to activists there, who said government forces opened fire on a funeral procession right in front of U.N. observers, killing at least 20 people.
A new twist in the conflict in Syria is emerging with the rise of the Al-Nusra Front, a shadowy al Qaeda-style militant group reeking havoc in the country.
Both the Syria government and opposition forces blame the other side for two huge bombs that went off in Damascus today, underscoring once again the failure of the U.N. cease fire.
Finally, after weeks of delays, the U.S. and the United Nations have admitted that the U.N.-sponsored ceasefire in Syria has failed.
The striking thing about the "Syrian Electronic Army" attack on LinkedIn's blog is that, well, they attacked LinkedIn, which really seems to have very little to do with the conflict in Syria.
If you were worried about the U.S. invading another Muslim country, you can breathe easy for now.
It's a warzone in Syria, unless you happen to be an upper-class supporter of the president. In that case: Life is rather comfortable.
The funny thing about the Reuters report on Asma and Bashar al-Assad trying to distance themselves from the notion that they were glamorpussing around buying iTunes tracks while Syria burned, is how very much like a society write-up it sounds.
The ceasefire in Syria is now a fiction, as the regime's military forces continue to pound opposition, but the U.N. and Western nations don't want to admit as much because the talks it's supposed to engender are still seen as the least worst option.
The UN observer mission in Syria began its work in the country Monday, but according to accounts on the ground, the envoy i looking at a war zone, not a ceasefire.
Update 11:28 a.m.: The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a measure that would send 30 unarmed military personnel to monitor the truce. However, violence on Saturday -- Reuters reports that at least six have been killed, while the Associated Press reports the death toll at nine -- suggests that the truce is unraveling.
Well, that didn't last long. Although Syrian forces seemingly respected the U.N.'s ceasefire, there are now reports of protesters being shot dead.
A Thursday morning deadline to end hostilities in Syria has passed and no major incidents have been reported, but government troops have not yet withdrawn from their positions.
All eyes will be on Syria tomorrow as the country promises to "cease all military fighting throughout Syrian territory as of 6 a.m."
Syria has "promised" the United Nations that it will stop fighting tomorrow, and we'd believe them if, oh yeah, they weren't Syria.
U.N. envoy Kofi Annan said today "I believe it’s a bit too early to say that the [peace] plan has failed,” despite all evidence that it already has.
Thomas Friedman on the other Arab Spring, NPR on the warm winter, The Daily Climate on fires in the Amazon, Scientific American on a cleaner rickshaw, and Reuters on sick polar bears
With one day left until the United Nations' special envoy Kofi Annan's cease-fire plan comes into effect, Syrian security forces are waging an unyielding campaign of violence against rebel forces across the country.
Syrian troops are supposed to withdraw from urban areas by Tuesday, but Bashar al-Assad's government have added some eleventh hour demands that are casting serious doubts on the success of the ceasefire.
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