Syria http://kplu.org en With Decision Looming, Local Vets Mull U.S. Options in Syria http://kplu.org/post/decision-looming-local-vets-mull-us-options-syria <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the political situation involving Syria and the U.S. continues to unfold, war veterans are watching from the sidelines with great interest.</span></p><p>President Obama says he’s not giving up his argument for a military strike as he considers Syria’s offer to hand over its chemical weapons.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:02:29 +0000 Jennifer Wing 9939 at http://kplu.org With Decision Looming, Local Vets Mull U.S. Options in Syria Wash. Lawmakers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote http://kplu.org/post/wash-lawmakers-mostly-holding-their-fire-syria-vote <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:12:26 +0000 Tom Banse 9866 at http://kplu.org Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria http://kplu.org/post/obama-says-hes-not-made-final-decision-syria Speaking during a photo op with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today, President Obama said he has not made a final decision on launching a military strike on Syria.<p>But Obama<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/30/217211589/coming-up-kerry-statement-about-the-crisis-in-syria"> echoed the case made earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry</a> that chemical weapons in Syria threaten U.S. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:44:36 +0000 9836 at http://kplu.org Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria Kerry: Syrian Regime Planned for Chemical Attack http://kplu.org/post/kerry-syrian-regime-planned-chemical-attack <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. knows based on intelligence that the Syrian regime carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Kerry says Syrian regime personnel were on the ground for three days beforehand, making preparations.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:24:21 +0000 The Associated Press 9832 at http://kplu.org Kerry: Syrian Regime Planned for Chemical Attack Happy News: Journalist colleague and friend D Parvaz set free http://kplu.org/post/happy-news-journalist-colleague-and-friend-d-parvaz-set-free <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="280" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IZY5KeGqo3c" width="440"></iframe></p><p>Dorothy Parvaz, a reporter for Al Jazeera and a former colleague of mine at the Seattle Post Intelligencer, has been <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015080494_parvaz18m.html" target="_blank">released by Iranian authorities</a> after she was detained in Syria and deported to Iran. Parvaz returned to Doha, Qatar, where she is now based.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/world/middleeast/19journalist.html?_r=1" target="_blank">New York Times on this Happy News</a> and, for quick background, what I wrote when D (as she prefers) <a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/my-friend-and-colleague-missing-in-syria///" target="_blank">first disappeared weeks ago</a> when attempting to enter Syria to report on the protests going on there against the Assad government.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/happy-news-journalist-colleague-and-friend-d-parvaz-set-free/">Read more</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 18 May 2011 22:33:38 +0000 Tom Paulson 1627 at http://kplu.org Humanosphere: My friend and colleague missing in Syria http://kplu.org/post/humanosphere-my-friend-and-colleague-missing-syria <p>Maybe you&#39;ve heard about it already, but former Seattle PI reporter and columnist <strong>Dorothy Parvaz</strong> has gone missing in Syria.</p><p>Journalists take risks to make sure people&rsquo;s stories are told, to shine a light on wrongdoing based on the belief that public awareness is the first step toward positive change. Today happens to be <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/12/152465.htm" target="_blank">World Press Freedom Day</a>, this year hosted by the U.S.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/05/my-friend-and-colleague-missing-in-syria/"><strong>- Read More</strong></a> Tue, 03 May 2011 17:54:07 +0000 Tom Paulson 1525 at http://kplu.org Humanosphere: My friend and colleague missing in Syria