June 18, 2012 When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
June 7, 2012 Even in Damascus, which had been shielded from fighting, the sounds of violence come with sunset.
May 31, 2012 The Syrian conflict has grown increasingly bloody. But one of the country's best-known opposition figures, Sheik Jawdat Said, 81, is heading home to Syria, and he's making a renewed call for peaceful protests.
May 13, 2012 The ongoing violence has dominated the headlines from Syria. But monitoring groups say that nonviolent activists and intellectuals are being arrested in growing numbers. Critics say it's an attempt by the Syrian leadership to undermine any potential political negotiations.
April 19, 2012 The iconic movie showed the turmoil that engulfed Syria at the end of World War I. As was the case a century ago, the world is again attempting to bring peace and order to Syria.
April 11, 2012 When Islam was established in the seventh century, it spread rapidly to regions ruled by Orthodox Christians centered in Constantinople. There was confrontation, but also coexistence, among the different cultures and religions. A new exhibit looks at the pivotal period, with an eye toward the region's modern upheaval.
March 14, 2012 Global online pressure group Avaaz has given crucial support to activists who aim to topple President Bashar Assad. It has smuggled in medical supplies and smuggled out images and information. But its high-profile and high-risk operations have stirred debate about the role it's playing.
February 17, 2012 NPR's Deborah Amos, who covers the Middle East, ponders the question, "Is a story worth dying for?"
February 14, 2012 Zabadani was the only Syrian town that was under the opposition's full control during the 10-month rebellion. In January, the regime was forced into a truce because the army couldn't dislodge the rebels. But now Syrians troops are back, and Zabadani is under threat again.