Syria en America's Role in Global Conflicts <p>Last night the President made his case for retaliation in Syria, in response to the <a href="">chemical attack</a> on August 21st, in the suburbs of Damascus.</p><p>Although he stated that he was willing to try diplomacy one last time, President Obama said Bashar Assad’s act of terrorism should not go unanswered.</p><p></p><p>“The President made a strong case and he laid out his reasons, but I don’t think that it swayed many people despite the fact that he made the best case that he possibly could,” says Dr. Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:16:28 +0000 Katie Martin 16355 at America's Role in Global Conflicts The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective <p>Dr. Basel Termanini, <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNHfiXmwmRtRpPRJN9flv-D-PEPvnQ">Syrian American Medical Society</a> Pittsburgh Chapter President, was born and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Dr. Termanini has lived in Pittsburgh for 16 years and has visited his home country almost every summer with his family.</p><p>During his most recent visits, he says security and government corruption have been worse than ever before. Dr. Termanini feels much more comfortable in areas that are not controlled by the Syrian government. One of the biggest problems Syrian citizens face is government issued air strikes at medical facilities.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:52:18 +0000 Nick Frost 16287 at The Crisis in Syria, from a Pittsburgh Perspective Diocese of Pittsburgh to Honor Saturday as 'Day of Prayer for Peace' <p>Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop Zubik will celebrate mass Saturday to honor Pope Francis’ proclamation of a universal day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.</p><p>The crisis in Syria has been making headlines ever since an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb. U.S. and U.K. intelligence reports blame the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad for the attack and indicate that more than 1,400 people were killed, including at least 426 children.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:50:18 +0000 Patrick Higgins and Tim Camerato 16101 at US Senator Casey Weighs In on Syria Debate <p>As President Obama seeks congressional authorization for a limited military strike in Syria, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) lauded the administration's move to debate the issue with other lawmakers.</p><p>But Casey also said that he believed the president has the legal authority to conduct a strike without getting the go-ahead from Congress. He also said he thinks Obama should take action, regardless of what happens in Washington, D.C.</p><p>"I think he should act," Casey said.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:40:45 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15893 at Senator Casey Says US Needs To Take Action in Syria <p>As classified congressional briefings continue today, Pennsylvania US Senator Bob Casey says he has no doubt that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against Syrian citizens.</p><p>Casey is a member of the National Security Working Group and thinks the United States needs to take an aggressive approach with Assad, by targeting the assets which allow Syria to maintain its military superiority in the region. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:33:27 +0000 Heather McClain 15907 at Senator Casey Says US Needs To Take Action in Syria Are We Ready to Take on Another War? <p>Discussion about the need for military intervention in Syria continues in Washington as President Obama and Congress explore options for the United States.</p><p>The Syrian government is under scrutiny for using chemical weapons against its own people while trying to dispel rebels amidst their civil war.</p><p>Former U.S. Ambassador and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Dan Simpson thinks the American military should stay out of the Syrian conflict. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:48:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 15692 at Are We Ready to Take on Another War?