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What Went Wrong in Syria?

What Went Wrong in Syria?

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to the former US ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford. Robert Ford served as the US ambassador to Syria between 2011 and 2014, an appointee of the Obama administration. Ford was criticized for his belief that working with the Syrian rebels would...

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

Jordan’s Mediation in the Trump-Putin Ceasefire Deal

To some, the significance of the Trump-Putin meeting is a harbinger of things to come.  The July 7 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, will be remembered not so much because the meeting of two most important world leaders finally...

Climate Change in Egypt: Death on the Nile

Climate Change in Egypt: Death on the Nile

Climate change is creating preconditions in Egypt that precipitated the Syrian Civil War. The Nile Delta, home to 40 million people and source of two-thirds of Egypt’s food production, is disappearing. This is a direct result of climate change and rising sea levels. The Delta, about the size...

Trump’s New Foreign Policy is the Worst of Both Worlds

Trump’s New Foreign Policy is the Worst of Both Worlds

The greenhorn president is heading down a well-worn path: see a problem, fire a missile at it. It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to discover that US foreign policy is about as easy to turn around as a warship in dry dock. Despite any number of promises to shake things up — during the...

The World This Week: US Strikes Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack

The World This Week: US Strikes Syria for Chemical Weapons Attack

Strikes on Syria after a ghastly chemical weapons attack boost Trump’s popularity but raise questions of whether they are punitive, preventive or just. In an age where there are five jobs in public relations in the US for every single job in journalism, there are far too many issues for...

A Farewell to Aleppo

A Farewell to Aleppo

As Aleppo falls, the world has forgotten about civilians in Syria. I woke up this morning to a video of an old Syrian man gesturing wildly at a camera as bombs tore up the concrete behind him. He looked like many Arab grandfathers I know, bearded and wearing a plaid shirt decorated with...

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