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Is Syria bluffing on chemical weapons?

by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

December 6, 2012 | 10:20 am

Syrian President Bashar Assad in this still image taken from video footage on March 30, 2011. Photo by Syrian state TV via Reuters TV/Reuters

As rebel forces move closer to Damascus, there are reports of activity in Syrian chemical weapons sites, raising fears in the region that Syria could use those chemical weapons. NBC News... read full article

  • Syrian fighting decimates tourism industry

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    December 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Damascus is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. International flights into and out of the capital continued despite throughout 20-months of fighting between troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels seeking to depose him. But as...

  • Morsi’s decree leaves U.S. in hot seat

    by Dalia Rabie, The Media Line

    November 29, 2012 | 10:45 am

    [Cairo] As a staunch advocate of democracy, the American administration’s position was brought into question when Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi awarded himself sweeping powers in a game-changing constitutional declaration announced last week.

    The declaration, which rendered the...

  • Shiites in Jordan maintained low profile while marking Ashura observance

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    November 27, 2012 | 10:26 am

    [KARAK] Sectarian tensions in Syria have tainted this year’s marking of the Ashura day of mourning among Shiites in Jordan, as conservative tribes in the south of the kingdom threatened to demolish a Shiite Husaynya, a place of worship currently under construction.

    When Shiite...

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  • Gazans in Jordan scramble for news about relatives

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    November 19, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp, Jordan] With one eye on Skype and the other fixed on the television screen, Salma anxiously searched for news about her father, two brothers and younger sister in the Gaza Strip. “I am suffering so much. I do not know how I will handle not being near my...

  • Western troops in place to protect Jordan from Syrian spillover

    by Adam Nicky, The Media Line

    October 15, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Ahmed Thiabat sits on his balcony in Jordan overlooking the Syrian town of Tal Shehab just over the Syrian border. This once tranquil farmland has become a battleground for troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and rebels fighting to unseat him.

    Thiabat, a farmer and...

  • Israelis look nervously across to Syria

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    October 4, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria is a favorite holiday destination for Israelis, and thousands were hiking and picnicking there during the recent holidays. But the Israeli army asked some visitors to leave after a group of 50 Syrians, some of them armed,...

  • Palestinian street begins to sound like Spring

    by Michael Friedson, The Media Line

    October 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring almost two years ago, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been remarkably quiet. There have been no large demonstrations against what Palestinians call the ongoing Israeli occupation; or against President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam...

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