The Tyrant’s Wife

As Syria’s first lady stands by her murderous husband, an Iranian activist remembers the Asma al-Assad she met on bike rides for peace

The New Consensus: Confirm Robert Ford!

Neoconservatives about-face on U.S. envoy to Syria

Daybreak: Syria Stonewalls Inspectors

Plus whence #j14?, Iran and the Arab Spring, and more in the news

Reform Just a Watchword in This Administration

Yet Turkey, the U.S., and others still seem to hope Assad will come around

U.S. Re-Upping Syrian Ambassador

In face of horrors and condemnations, engagement still continues

Assad Cracks Down Hard in Hama

Obama condemns assault on civilians, again stops short of demanding ouster

Daybreak: Trouble Everywhere

Plus, the Jew who made anti-sharia big, and more in the news

The Semi-Free City of Hama

But the Syrian regime and its domestic opponents share a view of Israel

Ambassador Ford Stands Up for Syrians

But do his words and deeds represent a policy shift?

Sundown: Winning the Flotilla

Plus the uncowardly Robert Ford, the Hasidic Sam Spade, and more

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