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August 1, 2012
The uprisings in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, which are receiving considerable media attention, invite comparison to America's struggle for freedom and independence during the Revolutionary War ("Showdown looms in Syria," July 28). The rebels in Syria share the same aspirations should they win their battle against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government by gaining control of the city of Aleppo. To assure their victory, President Obama and the U.S. have an obligation to assist the Syrian rebels in their fight.
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By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau | June 26, 2014
- President Barack Obama asked Congress on Thursday for the first time to approve direct U.S. military training for Syrian rebels, but he remains deeply ambivalent about intervening in a deadly conflict that has spilled over into neighboring Iraq, U.S. officials said. Obama asked for $500 million to "train and equip" opposition fighters in Syria who officials said will be "appropriately vetted" to ensure they have no ties to militant Islamic fighters fighting Bashar al Assad's regime.
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June 26, 2013
President Barack Obama's recent decision to provide weapons to the Syrian rebels is just another of the administration's huge mistakes that will have dire consequences for both the United States as well as Israel ("Backers of Syrian rebels agree to send weapons," June 23). The Obama administration's excuses to justify U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war is that chemical weapons have been used by President Bashar Assad's regime and that a red line in the sand has been crossed.
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Susan Reimer | May 14, 2014
If you'd told me that a woman would be favored to win the White House and we would still have NFL cheerleaders, I'd have laughed at you. I'd have told you that there was no way the country would be ready for a woman president in my lifetime, but surely the nation's school-boy obsession with grown women leading cheers while wearing not much of anything would eventually be politically incorrect. And I would have been wrong. Those NFL cheerleaders may be going the way of go-go boots, but it is not because football fans have lost their appetite for them.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 3, 2009
In today's culture, rebels often get a bad rap. But not all of them deserve the negative connotations that come with the word. A number of people who were once labeled rebels are now considered heroes by mainstream America, according to Cherrie Woods, the director of marketing and public relations at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was once considered a rebel. So was Rosa Parks, she said. "In the '50s and '60s, any African-Americans who were not treated as equals and chose to challenge this system were viewed as rebels," Woods said.
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By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed and By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed | July 11, 2013
One argument in favor of the Obama administration's decision to arm the Syrian rebels is that the move will help create incentives for the Syrian government to negotiate a deal at a planned peace conference in Geneva. It's no secret that the balance of power in the past few weeks has shifted in favor of the Syrian regime, particularly after the regime regained control of the strategic town of Qusair. If the betting before was that time worked against President Bashar Assad, the military equation on the ground dramatically shifted the betting.
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May 7, 2013
Does it occur to anyone in the left-wing Obama administration that arming Syrian rebels with modern weapons will result in arming a group of fighters who live just across the border from Israel ("The best bad option," May 2)? Does it dawn on anyone on the left who supports this president and this leftist administration what the future impact of high-grade weaponry will be on the Jewish state once the Syrian problems are settled and all these Israeli-hating Syrian terrorists and rebels have U.S. arms?
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 26, 1995
NEW DELHI -- With its troops close to capturing the rebel city of Jaffna after a 6-week-old offensive that has seen the bloodiest fighting in 12 years of civil war, the Sri Lankan government has renewed its offer of a political settlement with the Tamil Tiger separatists.President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said in an interview published in a Sri Lankan magazine that the government was ready for negotiations, but only if the rebels agreed to surrender at least some of their weapons to show that they intended to negotiate seriously.
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By Newsday | January 6, 1994
SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico -- Despite a government media effort to project calm, there was widespread uneasiness in this city as soldiers patrolled the streets and blocked highways in and out of town."
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By John M. McClintock and John M. McClintock,Mexico City Bureau of The Sun | March 27, 1991
MEXICO CITY -- The Salvadoran government and leftist rebels are to meet here April 4 through April 23 in what is being billed as the final diplomatic "endgame" to halt the 11-year-old civil war, a senior Nicaraguan government official said yesterday.The official, interviewed by telephone, refused to be identified but said, "I think everyone is anxious for an agreement. I have never been more optimistic."Salvador Samayoa, a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front's diplomatic commission here, refused to confirm the dates in an interview yesterday.
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By David Horsey | April 29, 2014
The right wing insurrection at the Bundy ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., has taken another weird turn with new revelations about the family history of Cliven Bundy. Mr. Bundy justifies his two-decade-long refusal to pay the Bureau of Land Management for grazing rights on the public land where he runs his cattle by claiming his ancestors gained livestock water rights in the 1870s, long before the federal government horned in on the deal. Now, it turns out, that is not exactly true.
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By Vera Miranova and Sam Whitt | January 16, 2014
With mounting casualties estimated at over 100,000, millions more displaced internally and abroad, rampant and egregious human rights violations - including horrific chemical weapons attacks on civilians - bringing peace to Syria is an urgent security and humanitarian concern. However, past efforts to secure a negotiated settlement to the Syrian conflict have been unsuccessful, and a new round of Geneva talks is scheduled to begin next week. 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 Assad must be defeated, no matter the costs.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 8, 2013
Observers and pundits of all stripes have not missed the unease with which President Barack Obama approaches his commander in chief duties. Indeed, Chicago-style "community activist" and "Commander of the United States Marine Corps" don't normally appear on the same resume. Accordingly, an aggressive use of his substantial military architecture does not sit well with the anti-war activist. This discomfort presents itself in a decidedly disjointed foreign policy record: •Israel: The president's stated wish to create "space" between America and Israel was followed by a historic and uncomfortable Oval Office dressing down by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed and By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed | July 11, 2013
One argument in favor of the Obama administration's decision to arm the Syrian rebels is that the move will help create incentives for the Syrian government to negotiate a deal at a planned peace conference in Geneva. It's no secret that the balance of power in the past few weeks has shifted in favor of the Syrian regime, particularly after the regime regained control of the strategic town of Qusair. If the betting before was that time worked against President Bashar Assad, the military equation on the ground dramatically shifted the betting.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
I read with interest the short letter from reader Theodore Houk who brazenly bragged that Obamacare will "lower health insurance costs" ("Obamacare will lower health-insurance costs," June 24). Hello, Dr. Houk? Are you living on Planet Earth? My wife just received her new health insurance explanation from her company. It is a large company. Here is the breakdown of what Obamacare regulation has done to our pocketbook: Co-pays are up 40 percent for doctor visits while emergency room visits are up 75 percent.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
Having determined that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons against his opponents in the country's bloody two-year civil war, the Obama administration is now reportedly preparing to send lethal military aid to rebel forces battling the regime. Mr. Obama said earlier this year that any use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military would cross a "red line" that invited a U.S. response. Now that American intelligence has confirmed Syria has crossed that line, the U.S. response must be measured but leave no doubt that the use of such weapons will not be tolerated.
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By Los Angeles Times | March 18, 1994
LACANDON RAIN FOREST, Mexico -- From their jungle stronghold here, Mexican Indian rebels are preparing to reject the government's peace offer and to return to the negotiating table -- or to fighting.Parts of the government proposal are almost certain to be turned down, rebel spokesman Subcommander Marcos said in an interview with four foreign reporters who were allowed to attend some of the insurgents' discussions of the offer."We are speaking of a process of dialogue and negotiation that can take six to eight months," Marcos said, noting that extended period threatens to draw out the peacemaking process until after the Aug. 21 presidential election.
NEWS
May 29, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Assad's brutal war against his domestic opponents has taken some 70,000 lives so far and reduced much of the country to rubble, yet there's no sign either side has gained a decisive advantage in the two-year-old conflict. The European Union's decision this week to lift its ban against arming the Syrian rebels is ostensibly aimed at prodding the combatants into a negotiated settlement, but the effect could be just the opposite if it encourages both sides to dig in their heels even deeper.
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