Anti-government protests in Syria are nearing the two-month mark. After initially hinting at compromises, President Bashar al-Assad now appears to favor using force to crush the demonstrations. Last weekend saw an escalation of government forces in cities across Syria.
Protestors in Yemen have managed to politically isolate longtime U.S. ally President Ali Abullah Saleh. Yet Saleh still manages to hang on. One hundred demonstrators have died, including four on Tuesday. The U.S.
For awhile, it looked like Bahrain’s Sunni minority government might negotiate with the Shiite protesters camped out in the capital city Manama. That window of possibility closed after security forces fired on a crowd of demonstrators in March.
In the 1960s the Blackstone Rangers—later known as the Almighty Black P Stone Nation—dominated Chicago’s South Side. The street gang was something of a paradox - a mix of both legal and illegal activity.
A Chicago-based group called CeaseFire works in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. It trains former gang members to mediate conflicts that could turn violent. Those conflicts might be over turf or money, a pecking order or a personality clash.