Columbia resident Erik Rochard first got wind of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris while he was at work, and his mind immediately turned to his home country and loved ones there. "It was hard to concentrate because I was hoping none of my good friends or family members would be among the people killed or injured," he recalled.
Marylanders in Baltimore and Annapolis sang and prayed Monday to publicly voice their love and support for the families, friends and nations of the 129 people in France and 40 in Lebanon killed in terrorist attacks late last week.
It is troubling to think that four countries whose forays into affecting change in Syria have had tepid results at best have the audacity to discuss peace and a post-Assad regime without including the two main belligerents to the conflict.
President Putin's decision to deploy aircraft in Syria and bomb opponents of President Assad may be "a recipe for disaster" as President Obama asserts, but it neatly exploits U.S. and western European vulnerabilities in the region. And it gives Russia leverage to undermine NATO and destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
Our relationship with Saudi Arabia has played itself out. It is stale and awkward. It is only surprising that it lasted as long as it did. But all things must come to an end, and now is time to look at the Kingdom in the eye and break up. It's not us, Saudi Arabia, it's you.
President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently said that the administration was unsure about Russia's motivations for its military build-up in Syria. While Middle East policy has not been a bright spot for the Obama administration — except for the nuclear agreement with Iran — the lack of understanding of Vladimir Putin's purpose is quite surprising. In my own view, Mr. Putin's motives are quite clear: He wants to keep his ally, Bashar Assad, in power.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steny Hoyer said Wednesday he will support the pending nuclear agreement with Iran despite "serious concerns," and he called for a congressional oversight commission to monitor the deal's implementation.
Rep. John Sarbanes said Monday he will support the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that the plan will be "effective in pulling Iran back from the threshold of becoming a nuclear weapon state."
President Barack Obama may have secured Congressional support for his Iran deal — thanks to Sen. Barbara Mikulski — but Baltimore-area Jewish organizations opposed to the agreement are still fighting to convince other Maryland lawmakers to follow Sen. Ben Cardin's lead and vote "no."
Sen. Ben Cardin, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Friday he will oppose the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, joining a minority of Democrats in a position that has already been defeated.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland announced her support Wednesday for the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, becoming the last vote President Barack Obama needed to ensure he can sustain a veto if Congress rejects the controversial pact later this month.
President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran was poised for approval after two Democratic senators added their support Tuesday and a key Maryland lawmaker confidently predicted there would be enough votes to put down GOP opposition.
I am sad to say that as a member and leader of this community for more than 30 years, The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish Council do not speak for me, or a majority of American Jews, when it comes to accepting the Iran nuclear agreement.
President Barack Obama defended his controversial nuclear agreement with Iran Wednesday in the strongest terms yet, warning that critics of the deal — such as groups running television ads in Maryland, to sway key Sen. Ben Cardin — are setting the nation up for another war in the Middle East.
Assuming that the IAEA's tight supervision of Iran's nuclear facilities is successful, and that the IAEA is not impeded when checking out suspected nuclear facilities — two very big ifs — the question becomes how the United States and Israel will utilize the 15 year period before Iran is allowed to increase its enrichment (It will be allowed to start producing advanced centrifuges after 10 years) thereby drawing near to the capability of producing a nuclear weapon.
Sen. Ben Cardin has emerged as a central figure in the debate over the pending nuclear deal with Iran, joining a small group of lawmakers who may decide the future of one of President Barack Obama's most significant foreign policies.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is similar to another deadly coronavirus identified a decade ago called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, giving scientists a jump on the investigation into their origins.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Donna F. Edwards on Tuesday reissued her criticism of Rep. Chris Van Hollen over the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing in a statement released by her campaign that he is "hiding on the sidelines" on the issue.