For her new memoir, "The Home That Was Our Country," Alia Malek, a Baltimore native, retraced her family's roots to the Ottoman Empire, telling their story in the context of Syria's tumultuous history. She'll be speaking about the book Wednesday at Bird in Hand.
As Easter dawns Sunday, Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian relief agencies in Baltimore and across the U.S. are reaching out to Christians and other religious minorities facing persecution in the Middle East. This month Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Islamic State attacks on Christians and other minorities constitute genocide.
At the end of January, a team of chemists and engineers left Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Mediterranean Sea to lead the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. More than two months later, they're still waiting for the mission to start.
Neither U.S. activism in the case of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Iran, nor U.S. inaction in the case of Syria, has yet to bring the results hoped for by the Obama Administration. While U.S. policy in the Middle East has not yet broken down, except, perhaps in the case of Syria; the U.S. remains a long way from the breakthrough in the region that the Obama Administration had hoped for.
A team of civilian specialists from Aberdeen Proving Ground is heading this week to the Mediterranean Sea for what officials and others say is a historic mission to destroy Syria's chemical warfare stockpile – and one that could serve as a model in the drive to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.
Based on original survey data from rebel-controlled territory in Syria, we find that civilians are war-weary and looking for a settlement to end the war, but rebel fighters appear entrenched in the belief that Syrian President Bashar al Assad must be defeated, no matter the costs. A major challenge for Geneva will be to convince rebel forces to forgo the pursuit of victory and vengeance against Mr. Assad's regime. Though rebels may balk at a peace deal, there is growing distance between those
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons already won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to strip Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons. But carrying out the process is a complex feat of chemistry – one that could require the help of a team of scientists at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
After months watching the uprising in Syria, spreading support through social media and raising money for the suffering, Dr. Hassan Masri thought he understood the devastation that has sundered his parents' homeland.