BERLIN - Although Germany has had a resurgence of neo-Nazi attacks on refugees, U.S.-Germany relations have garnered much media attention with a possible U.S. attack on Syria and the National Security Agency spying scandal.
Turkey has joined the U.S., Britain, and France in calling for military intervention in neighboring Syria, following the reported deployment of a chemical nerve agent against Syrian civilians.
The Philippine Embassy in Damascus is urging Filipinos working in Syria to either return home or seek refuge in neighboring countries due to increasing danger and possible U.S. intervention.
For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.
In a letter dated Aug. 28, 18 human rights, peace and religious organizations appealed to President Obama to reject military intervention in Syria.
U.S. options for military intervention in Syria would cost "billions" and require massive commitments of troops, plus planes, ships, submarines, and other equipment.
It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn't bark. And like Holmes, start with the facts.
The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement.
The Obama administration's announcement last week that it would start direct military aid to Syrian rebels is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.
The fact that the president is exercising caution at this point is, for many, a positive change from the Bush-Cheney approach.