In April 2018, the US, UK and France fired 103 missiles at three Syrian chemical weapons production and storage facilities to halt Syria’s continuing use of deadly weapons. For a while, it did the trick. The legal rationale? Humanitarian intervention.
When Samir Constantini got the idea to import Aleppo soap to France, it took years to sell his first batch. Now, he's operating a factory and warehouse outside of Paris, helping keep the soap-making tradition alive.
Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, the Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria's second largest city tells host Marco Werman that although most Syrian Christians continue to support the Assad regime, they may soon be fleeing the country.
The Friends of Syria group met this weekend in Turkey. The members steered clear of backing opposition appeals for arms. They did agree to pay salaries of rebel fighters seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.
Violence has fallen in Syria as a fragile ceasefire takes hold, although both sides are reporting violations. Special envoy Kofi Annan, who brokered the ceasefire, said he was "encouraged" but Syria had not fully complied.
Rebels in Aleppo, Syria's most populous city, are girding for battle. Host Aaron Schachter speaks with reporter Adrien Jaulmes inside Aleppo, and New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson on the outskirts of the city.
Syria's Christians are facing increasing dangers. Mar Gregorios, Archbishop of Aleppo tells Aaron Schachter about competing pressures Orthodox Christians face as they try to position themselves for when President Bashar al-Assad is no longer in power.