These 5 Facts Explain Bashar Assad’s Hold in Syria

(4 more candidates for Indiana’s 3rd congressional district will be found here. – Admin.) By Ian Bremmer 9/22/15 The Syrian dictator remains in power—and he’s not likely to go anywhere More than 4 million Syrians have been displaced by civil war—but Bashar al-Assad isn’t one of them. These five facts explain why Syria’s embattled president will remain in power. 1. Good Friends Assad currently controls 25 percent of Syrian territory, and he’ll hold on to it as if his life depends on it—because it probably does. The territory he … Continue reading

Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal

The New York Times By Thomas L. Friedman 7/14/15 Only hours after the conclusion of an agreement with Iran to lift oil and financial sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, President Obama is a man who evinces no second thoughts whatsoever about the deal he struck. In a 45-minute interview in the Cabinet Room, the president kept stressing one argument: Don’t judge me on whether this deal transforms Iran, ends Iran’s aggressive behavior toward some of its Arab neighbors or leads to détente between Shiites and Sunnis. … Continue reading