In Austin on Friday, 23-year-old Michael Wolfe admitted in federal court that he had been planning since last August to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and to engage in violent jihad in Syria.
He pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
The growing Syrian diaspora streaming out of a country being torn apart includes one of its most popular singers: Omar Souleyman. The musician combines songs of love and desire with driving techno beats, performed on a synthesizer.
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 9:34 am
Omar Souleyman is the hottest Syrian speaker-slayer at work in the West, with an audience full of serious underground record nerds, as well as stars such as Björk and Damon Albarn. His recordings worked their way into their current post-geographical milieu by way of Sublime Frequencies, an enterprising label devoted to cross-cultural curios from all over the world.
The first term congressman from San Antonio expects to return from the congressional recess to a major decision about Syria within the next 10 days.
Congressman Joaquin Castro spoke to the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Thursday, and many people were curious about the Syrian situation. Castro said most Americans are not in favor of getting into a war in the embattled state.
"In fact, there was a poll done that showed only 7 percent of Americans would want to see boots on the ground in Syria," he said.
With U.S. intervention in Syria looming, what do we know about the country and its current regime?
Trinity University Professor David Lesch, who is the author of "Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad," joins us to talk about his recent travels to Syria, his experience with Bashar al Assad, and the future of a beleaguered state.