State Dept.: Assad using crematorium to hide atrocities – CNNPolitics.com

Story highlights A State Department official says the regime could be killing as many as 50 detainees a day The US called on Russia to use its influence to stop the atrocities Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, laid out newly unveiled declassified intelligence in […]

Sean Spicer Concedes Hitler Used Chemical Weapons on Jews in ‘the Holocaust Centers’

Sean Spicer is reliably, sometimes even endearingly, terrible at his job as Press Secretary. But his comments during Tuesday’s press briefing on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler are astonishing. Not just because they’re blatantly, breathtakingly wrong, but because a man whose job is remembering and relaying facts can’t accurately recount one of the […]

The Death Of A US Contractor Has Exposed America’s Failures In Syria – BuzzFeed News

American survivors tell the inside story of the fatal explosion that killed a US military contractor with two children. The blunders that led up to his death expose deep problems in farming out much of America’s Syria strategy to private companies. Now, the feds are investigating.   When the Bulgarian nurses jostled Mike Dougherty onto the […]

Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ – The New York Times

Cover Photo Carole Atkins, with children from the Syrian refugee family she sponsored, at an ice rink in Toronto. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’ Everyday Canadians spent a year embracing Syrians in the world’s most personal resettlement program. Letting them go might be […]

Mounting claims of civilian deaths after U.S. targets al-Qaeda in Syria – The Washington Post

BEIRUT — U.S. drone aircraft fired missiles and dropped a 500-pound bomb outside Aleppo on Thursday in an attack that the Pentagon said killed scores of al-Qaeda militants but that local residents described as an assault on a mosque crowded with civilians. U.S. officials said the strikes in the town of Jinah had killed “dozens” […]

Trump’s New Travel Ban Blocks Migrants From Six Nations, Sparing Iraq – The New York Times

President Trump during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House last week. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order on Monday blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, the most significant hardening of immigration policy in generations, even with changes […]

Trump’s Attack on Media as ‘Enemy of the People’ Has Historic Echoes

President Donald Trump ramped up his criticism of the news coverage of his administration Friday, again taking to his favorite social media platform. “The FAKE NEWS media,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “is the enemy of the American People!” An initial tweet put only The New York Times, CNN and NBC News on his enemies list. […]