Syria - WUIS Special Coverage http://wuis.org en WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers http://wuis.org/post/wuis-honors-npr-correspondent-kelly-mcevers <p>Join WUIS in honoring Kelly McEvers for her world class reporting on international affairs October 31, 2013 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://wuis.org/people/kelly-mcevers">Learn more about Kelly and read her recent stories.</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://bit.ly/19PmEfu" target="_blank">PLEASE CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS</a></strong>&nbsp;or call 217-523-2787.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:41:31 +0000 11134 at http://wuis.org WUIS Honors NPR Correspondent Kelly McEvers Putin, Syria And... The Power Of The Pen? http://wuis.org/post/putin-syria-and-power-pen <p>Russian president Vladimir Putin this week makes a rare appearance on page 31 of the New York Times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">Thursday morning op-ed</a> (click here to read), Putin makes an appeal to the U.S. to be "cautious" in the coming weeks as Congress considers military action against Syria.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:58:05 +0000 Peter Gray 8766 at http://wuis.org Putin, Syria And... The Power Of The Pen? Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons http://wuis.org/post/breakthrough-syria-hints-it-might-give-chemical-weapons (We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)<p>Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.<p>But the administration also said it would wait to see what sort of diplomatic solution Syria and "its Russian patrons" come up with. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:58:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 8631 at http://wuis.org Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons Constituent Mailbag: A Deluge Of Opposition To Syria Strikes http://wuis.org/post/constituent-mailbag-deluge-opposition-syria-strikes Rep. Jim Himes is willing to vote against the wishes of his constituents. Probably not this time, though.<p>"Like the rest of the country, my constituency is pretty much opposed to the intervention in Syria," says the Connecticut Democrat. "Since health care reform, I haven't seen an issue that energized as many people."<p>His colleagues in the House and Senate report the same.<p>It's a reflection of a public mood that's turned decisively against military action in Syria. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:42:00 +0000 editor 8609 at http://wuis.org Constituent Mailbag: A Deluge Of Opposition To Syria Strikes Opponents of Syria Strikes Gain Edge In Lobbying Fight http://wuis.org/post/opponents-syria-strikes-gain-edge-lobbying-fight The interest groups opposed to U.S. military strikes against Syria had a very good week. That made it a very bad week for President Obama and those who support his plans.<p>Anna Galland, executive director of the liberal MoveOn.org — which opposes military action in Syria — said that by midweek, her group's members reported making 10,000 calls to Congress, contributing to an avalanche of calls from citizens opposed to military strikes.<p>"We are hearing that phones are ringing off the hook in congressional offices already and that they are overwhelmingly ringing in opposition," Galland said. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 22:14:00 +0000 Frank James 8495 at http://wuis.org Opponents of Syria Strikes Gain Edge In Lobbying Fight The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions http://wuis.org/post/syria-vote-guide-congressional-factions This won't be a standard party-line vote. Big factions within both parties remain skeptical about President Obama's plans to launch punitive airstrikes against Syria.<p>If the vote were held today, it might not pass. Obama and his allies — including <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/03/218553541/boehner-pelosi-unite-behind-president-on-syria" target="_blank">top House</a> leaders of both parties — have a big selling job yet to do to persuade a majority of members to authorize military action.<p>Not to mention the public. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:03:00 +0000 editor 8390 at http://wuis.org The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions