Syria

syria
11:02 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

With Decision Looming, Local Vets Mull U.S. Options in Syria

This image from video released by a U.S. government official purportedly shows a young man lying virtually immobile on the floor, having his eyes checked for symptoms of nerve agent exposure in Eastern Gutah in Damascus, Syria.
AP Photo/APTN

As the political situation involving Syria and the U.S. continues to unfold, war veterans are watching from the sidelines with great interest.

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.

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Undecided on Syria
4:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Wash. Lawmakers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria

President Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the White House in Washington on Friday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 12:17 pm

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.

But Obama echoed the case made earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry that chemical weapons in Syria threaten U.S. national security interests and that the use of chemical weapons is the "kind of offense that is a challenge to the world."

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syria
10:24 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Kerry: Syrian Regime Planned for Chemical Attack

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in Zamalka, Syria.
Shaam News Network via AP video

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.

Kerry says Syrian regime personnel were on the ground for three days beforehand, making preparations.

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Humanosphere
3:33 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Happy News: Journalist colleague and friend D Parvaz set free

Dorothy Parvaz, a reporter for Al Jazeera and a former colleague of mine at the Seattle Post Intelligencer, has been released by Iranian authorities after she was detained in Syria and deported to Iran. Parvaz returned to Doha, Qatar, where she is now based.

Here’s the New York Times on this Happy News and, for quick background, what I wrote when D (as she prefers) first disappeared weeks ago when attempting to enter Syria to report on the protests going on there against the Assad government.

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Missing Journalist
10:54 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Humanosphere: My friend and colleague missing in Syria

Dorthy Parvaz, who holds American, Canadian and Iranian citizenship, arrived in Damascus on Friday and has not been heard from since.
Seattlepi.com

Maybe you've heard about it already, but former Seattle PI reporter and columnist Dorothy Parvaz has gone missing in Syria.

Journalists take risks to make sure people’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 World Press Freedom Day, this year hosted by the U.S.

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