In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Georgetown professor Daniel Byman says U.S. policy focuses too much on removing the dictator and not on filling the void left behind. He says that to help in Syria, the U.S. and its allies should train the rebels and use "tough love to cajole and reward the opposition."
Greece's capital city was in flames Sunday night as thousands of Greeks rioted over proposed austerity measures. Despite the violence, Greek lawmakers signed off on the measures as part of a bailout deal to save the country from a chaotic default. European leaders now need to approve the deal.
Europe is experiencing its worst winter weather since the eighties. Another snowstorm struck over the weekend — blocking food, urgent deliveries and isolating rural residents. Hundreds of people, mainly the homeless, have died in sub-zero temperatures.
Tuesday marks one year since uprisings in Bahrain were crushed by security forces. Since then, the Sunni-ruling family has pledged to make changes and called for dialogue with the largely Shi'ite opposition. Critics say what has been done so far has been inadequate.
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