Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled their war-torn country in hopes of safety in neighboring countries. But for Syrians of Palestinian descent, they find they're not as welcome in neighboring Jordan as native Syrians.
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New diplomatic initiatives are in motion to help end the 21-month civil war in Syria. A plan first proposed last summer for a transitional government to run Syria until elections are held is being revived.
With only a few weeks left in December and the New Year fast approaching, many find time to reflect on the past year's accomplishments and look toward the future. But with the ongoing conflict in Syria and preparations to transfer lead responsibility in Afghanistan, NATO has a lot to prepare for.
While the loss of life in Syria continues to mount, there's another toll being extracted from the nation. While it's certainly less grave than the loss of life, it still represents a tragic loss to the country's, and even the world's history.
A former U.S. Marine has spent time in Syria recently, trying to train the disorganized fighters to make them more effective in the battle against the Syrian regime. What he found, however, was in-fighting and over-inflated claims that complicate their chances of success.
Turkey is hosting tens of thousands of refugees, fleeing the months-long civil war in Syria. But as the conflict wears on, tensions between the Syrian people and their Turkish hosts are rising.
As Syria's civil war drags on into its 19th month, and with not an end in sight, Syria's rebels are learning that in order to win, they might need to adjust the face they present the world. So they're turning to some public relations training, in an effort to adjust the picture they're presenting to the world.
Syria's artists have long been unable to criticize their government and its leaders. In the wake of the current uprising, though, that prohibition has been lifted, if not officially, in practice. A group of artists are using puppets and YouTube to criticize the government and illustrate its violence.
Reports emerged from Syria over the weekend of a mass execution in the Damascus suburb of Daraya. If confirmed, it would be the worst atrocity in the year-long civil war. Meanwhile, an academic in the United States sees a grim, Lebanon-like future for Syria.