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December 22, 2014 17 Comments

ISIS Gets Headlines But Jahbat Al-Nusra Also A Threat

The group is an offshoot of Al Qaeda and some analysts say it might be more difficult to defeat than the extremist ISIS group.

September 10, 2013 17 Comments

6 Problems With A Syria Chemical Weapons Deal

Syria says it accepts the proposal to put its chemical arsenal under international control, but a weapons expert says implementing such an agreement would be a “complete nightmare.”

September 10, 2013 Comment

President Obama To Address The Nation This Evening

President Obama will address the country tonight. He’s expected to make his case for taking military action in Syria. NPR’s Scott Horsley joins us for a preview of the speech.

September 10, 2013 10 Comments

How Presidents Make The Case For War

President Obama isn’t asking Congress to declare war against Syria but he is asking Congress to approve a military action. We take a look at how other presidents have handled this.

September 10, 2013 8 Comments

Reporter Recounts Threats From Syrian Officials

Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher says a senior member of the Syrian parliament told him “Hezbollah and the Syrian Army were one body” and will retaliate if the U.S. attacks.

September 10, 2013 15 Comments

Syria Accepts Russian Chemical Weapons Proposal

The Syrian foreign minister said today that his government has accepted a Russian proposal to turn over chemical weapons, calling it a plan to “derail U.S. aggression.”

September 9, 2013 2 Comments

Mississippi Voters Weigh In On Syria

Voters at a Mississippi Public Broadcasting event shared their thoughts on whether Congress should authorize President Obama’s plan for military strikes against the Syrian regime.

September 9, 2013 24 Comments

Debate Over Syria Draws Comparisons To Iraq

As Congress debates military intervention in Syria, the politics and language being used are reminding some of the run-up to the Iraq War. We take a look at how the debates compare.

September 9, 2013 2 Comments

Edgy Nervousness In Damascus As U.S. Vote Approaches

As Congress gets ready to debate the proposal for use of military force in Syria, the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen reports from the capital, Damascus, on the mood ahead of a possible attack.

September 6, 2013 17 Comments

The Debate Over What To Do In Syria Continues

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held dueling news conferences in St. Peterburg, Russia, regarding whether to take military action in Syria.

September 6, 2013 13 Comments

U.S. Aid Group Supplying Syrian Rebels Supports Military Strike

The Syrian Support Group is the only U.S.-based aid group licensed by the U.S. government to provide support to Syrian rebels. The organization’s president supports a military strike in Syria.

September 5, 2013 26 Comments

Middle East Expert Says Don’t Rush To War With Syria

Fawaz Gerges, a longtime observer of the Middle East, says if the priority is to end the carnage in Syria, the U.S. should try to broker an international settlement to ease Assad out of power.

September 5, 2013 2 Comments

Syria Shadows Start Of G-20 Summit

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be holding a one-on-one meeting at the economic summit in St. Peterburg, but they did share a handshake today.

September 5, 2013 4 Comments

U.S. Military Trains Troops To Secure Chemical Weapons

The U.S. military wants troops ready to secure Syrian chemical weapons, in case the regime falls. There are also reports that defense contractors are training Syrian rebels to deal with the weapons.

September 5, 2013 Comment

U.S. Considers Expanding Efforts To Aid Syrian Rebels

President Obama is considering options for expanding training efforts for Syrian rebels. The CIA is already training some rebels in Jordan, but an expansion would put training in the Pentagon’s hands.

September 4, 2013 2 Comments

Senate Panel Votes 10-7 To Authorize Force In Syria

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has voted in favor of a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria. We get the latest and listen to some of the debate before the committee.

September 4, 2013 3 Comments

Syria Debate Divides Both Parties in Congress

As Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill debate military action against Syria’s government, divisions have emerged not only between parties, but within parties.

September 4, 2013 15 Comments

Obama: Credibility Of World Community On The Line

President Obama says it’s not his credibility on the line in the debate over military intervention in Syria, rather that of the international community and Congress.

September 3, 2013 Comment

Growing Support In Israel For U.S. Action On Syria

As President Obama tries to convince Congress to approve punitive strikes on Syria’s government, NPR’s Emily Harris says there is growing Israeli support for U.S. military action in Syria.

September 3, 2013 Comment

Some British Leaders Calling For Second Syria Vote

Some members of the British Parliament, as well as the influential mayor of London, are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to hold a second vote on taking military action against Syria.

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Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

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Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.