Submitted by Ruth on Thu, 04/30/2015 - 15:22
Yassin Al Haj Saleh is one of Syria’s leading political dissidents. He spent from 1980-1996 in Syrian prisons and became one of the key intellectual voices of the 2011 Syrian uprising. He spent 21 months in hiding within Syria, eventually escaping to Istanbul. He was interviewed via email by New Politics co-editor Stephen R. Shalom in early November 2014.
Submitted by Ruth on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 21:38
A coalition of rebels have continued their advances against regime troops in Idlib province, seizing a military base south of the provincial capital days after the key town of Jisr al-Shughur fell into their hands.
“Army of Conquest fighters… on Monday morning seized control of the Qarmeed military base, one of the most important remaining regime bastions in the Idlib province,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Submitted by Ruth on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:33
By Majid Rafizadeh
Recently, there has been a tactical shift in Iran’s foreign policy and a change in the stance of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
Iranian leaders now do not appear to publicly shy away from achieving their ideological and political objectives in the Gulf region and wider Middle East. Tehran officials now boast about the notion that they have influence and power from the Mediterranean Sea to the Bab el-Mandeb in Yemen.