Despite President Barack Obama's pledge that Syria's use of chemical weapons is a "game changer" for the US, he is unlikely to turn to military options quickly and would want allies joining him in any
At a time of tremendous and sustained sectarian conflict, the selection of Pope Francis is a significant one, whether for good or bad.
Only when the opposition is sure to win this war, and about to break Assad down, will the US intervene in order to make the new Islamic-leaning regime willing to return the favor.
Obama should never have undertaken such a visit without an accompanying willingness to treat the Palestinian reality with at least equal dignity.
While Israel should be held responsible for its own behavior, the EU and other countries should not finance the occupation, while decrying the settlements. This hypocrisy can no longer be tolerated.
The Palestinian political sphere has brought to the forefront one of the scenes where the conflict between the Islamic thought and the Western one has continued unabated.
By designating al-Nusrah as a terrorist entity, US may have derailed strong prospects for all factions in Syria to take part in a democratic transition representative of all Syrians.
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