Who to Watch in Congress This Week on Syria

As of Monday morning, the majority of U.S. legislators still have yet to announce theirposition on whether they’ll vote to authorize the use of military force against Syria. They’re running out of time to come to a decision, though; the resolution passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last Wednesday and a vote by the full Senate is expected this week, with the House likely to follow soon after.

Who’s Talking About Syria on Facebook? An NBC News Data Analysis

In an exclusive peek into Facebook worldwide user data, NBC News found that an overwhelming majority of the 10 million posts last week mentioning Syria came from Americans. Facebook users’ interest in Syria ranked among the site’s most popular topics last week, rivaling football and Miley Cyrus‘s twerking episode.

?World is Happy for Assad to Continue Killing Syrians?

Syrian protesters carry banners calling for international action against the Assad regime in Kafranbel, Idlib, in northern Syria. Image by Majid Almustafa. Copyright Demotix August 30, 2013Syrian protesters carry banners calling for international action against the Assad regime in Kafranbel, Idlib, in northern Syria. Image by Majid Almustafa. Copyright Demotix August 30, 2013
Syria puts our system on trial

It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president?s authority and call into question our country?s ability to act in the world. Will Congress let that happen?

Syria presents a constitutional moment

In London exile in 1940, Charles de Gaulle decided ?it was up to me to take responsibility for France? (?c?etait a moi d?assumer la France ?). No U.S. president should assume he is, as de Gaulle almost mystically did, the nation, or is solely responsible for it. Remember this Tuesday when

Obama in the Box

President Obama is on the verge of creating a new foreign policy dictum: A national security threat requiring military action that cannot be justified without congressional approval isn’t enough of a national security threat to get congressional approval. This isn’t an iron clad truth yet, but as the president faces enormous hurdles convincing Congress to support his action in Syria, it defines the fix he is in.

“Let?s Lead Peace But Not War In Syria?

Küresel BAK released a statement urging the government in the wake of a possible military intervention in Syria: ?Let?s not be among those who attack Syria first. Let?s be the country to lead an arm-free world.?

Syria welcomes chemical arms arsenal handover proposal

Syria welcomes a Russian proposal to place the nation’s chemical weapons under international control

US to take ‘hard look’ at Russian plan on Syrian chemical weapons

The United States said Sept.9 it would take a “hard look” at a Russian plan for Syria

Turkish Lira, stocks rally over Syria intervention doubts

The Turkish Lira and stock market opened the week with a strong performance on Sept. 9

Ban calls for destruction of Syria chemical arms

UN leader Ban Ki-moon Sept.9 called for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons
German rapper-turned-jihadist injured fighting in Syria

A German rapper who converted to Islam and joined jihadist rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad has been injured in an air strike
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