Humanitarian groups are stockpiling supplies and readying a new refugee camp in Jordan. The conflict in the region is already the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes.
There are many ways to look at civil war: ethnic factions, economic divides and religions differences. But increasingly, some say we should also look at climate change as a factor as well, as it is often what forces internal migrations in nations already simmering with ethnic and sectarian tensions.
Baghdad has an incredible tradition of libraries and learning, but the war in Iraq left many of its libraries burned and looted. Now, there will be a new library in the Iraqi capital. Weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden Jacki Lyden talks with architect Amir Mousawi, whose firm drew up dramatic design plans for the new Baghdad Library.
Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has openly opposed a U.S. punitive strike against Syria and has joined other government ministers and leading personalities adhering to Pope Francis's call for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. On Saturday, the pope lead a long mass and peace vigil in St. Peter's Square.
Egypt's the military-backed interim president last week appointed a 50-member committee to help draft a new constitution. That committee — which includes only one of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's allies — meets for the first time Sunday in Cairo. Critics in Egypt say the new constitution is likely to be just as controversial as the previous one.
President Obama will argue his case to the nation Tuesday evening that the U.S. should make a retaliatory strike in Syria, and the Senate is set to vote on his resolution Wednesday. Host Rachel Martin talks with Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who has not decided which way he will vote.
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