Syria’s fate: Does U.S. prefer Assad’s secular government or a hardline Islamist regime?

Syria’s fate: Does U.S. prefer Assad’s secular government or a hardline Islamist regime?

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The geopolitical chess game over Syria continues as the world enters autumn with the clouds of war swirling in the Eastern Mediterranean. The civil war which has engulfed Syria since 2011 killing 100,000, and now having crossed President Obama’s proverbial “red line” of chemical weapons use allegedly by the […]

Serious Syria: Shale oil’s global revolution, a weak NATO and the crisis that’s not going away

Serious Syria: Shale oil’s global revolution, a weak NATO and the crisis that’s not going away

Sol W. Sanders   President Barrack Obama’s sudden volte-face on a strike against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad has only put on hold the enormous stakes in the crisis’ ultimate outcome. In one of those curious turns of history, an ugly, bloody, little conflict in an always fragile, volatile, artificial nation-state created in […]

Mounting evidence raises questions about Syrian chemical weapon attack

Mounting evidence raises questions about Syrian chemical weapon attack

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical […]

Reports: Cash-strapped N. Korea ‘stepped up’ chemical weapons shipments to Syria

Reports: Cash-strapped N. Korea ‘stepped up’ chemical weapons shipments to Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — North Korea was believed to have sent chemical weapons technology to Syria. A United Nations panel and Western analysts agreed that Pyongyang was shipping CW technology to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. They said the CW assets could have facilitated non-conventional weapons attacks against the Sunni revolt over […]

Sarajevo, 1995 and Damascus, 2013: The use of mass attack deception to decide wars

Sarajevo, 1995 and Damascus, 2013: The use of mass attack deception to decide wars

Special to WorldTribune.com Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs In August 1995, Western governments, and particularly the Bill Clinton White House, were in great quandary. The negotiations with the Serbs were going well as President Slobodan Milosevic was demonstrating unprecedented flexibility and accepting virtually all the demands put forward by the West. Hence, […]

Alawites flee Syrian rebel offensive near Mediterranean: ‘Tremendous fear of atrocities’

Alawites flee Syrian rebel offensive near Mediterranean: ‘Tremendous fear of atrocities’

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Syria’s ruling Alawite minority has been evacuating villages amid a Sunni rebel offensive along the Mediterranean coast. Opposition sources said thousands of Alawites fled their communities along the Mediterranean Sea in August. The sources said the Alawites have flooded cities protected by the regime of President Bashar Assad, particularly the […]

Report: U.S. officials say Israeli air strike hit Syrian arms depot on July 5

Report: U.S. officials say Israeli air strike hit Syrian arms depot on July 5

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Israel was said to have again attacked Syria. The United States determined that the Israel Air Force struck a Syrian military depot in the port of Latakia on July 5. Three U.S. officials told CNN that the attack targeted the P-800 Yakhont coastal defense system procured by the regime of […]

From ‘Arab Spring’ to ‘Arab Nightmare’ as the ‘civilized’ world stands by

From ‘Arab Spring’ to ‘Arab Nightmare’ as the ‘civilized’ world stands by

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey It has become commonplace to say that the grotesquely over-hyped “Arab Spring” has turned into the “Arab Fall” or even the “Arab Winter”. Nothing of the kind. To go from spring to fall or winter is simply the fate of most revolutionary movements, as in the “French Spring” of […]

Syrian endgame: Diplomacy, for once, may be the only option

Syrian endgame: Diplomacy, for once, may be the only option

John J. Metzler PARIS — Spiraling sectarian violence, expanding regional destabilization, and the looming danger of proxy conflict between the United States and Russia, are among the dangers in the widening Syrian civil conflict which has taken over 93,000 lives. Equally an escalating humanitarian disaster continues to engulf a country where now approximately a third […]

Putin’s chess move in Syria, with an eye on the region at large

Putin’s chess move in Syria, with an eye on the region at large

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing Shortly after Vladimir Putin and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to seek a negotiated settlement to the Syrian civil war, the Russian president bolstered his support for the embattled Assad government. Putin announced an impending transfer of anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles to the Syrian military. It was […]