Northampton Community College political science professor Vasiliki Anastasakos has described the civil war in Syria as sectarian and idealogical, and having simmered for decades before the Arab Spring brought it to a head.
"What is happening in Syria is a re-balancing of power along religious and ethnic lines. The majority of Syrians are Sunni Arabs but within the Assad regime most belong to a minority sect known as Alawites (a smaller sect within Islam).
Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Syria has been in a state of civil war. Its volatile political and religious foundation, combined with the United States' already degenerating involvement with neighboring countries, has resulted in an international and domestic quagmire of Byzantine complexity.
President Barack Obama has been scandalized by virtually everyone for every reason since the crisis' escalation Aug. 21, when Bashar al-Assad's government is suspected of killing 1,400 of its own citizens with sarin gas.
The regional office of the American Red Cross last week released suggestions for surviving the sweltering summer, offering tips and dangers to keep in mind.
"Excessive heat can be deadly; it has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events," Executive CEO Peter M. Brown said. "We want everyone to stay safe during the hot weather and have some reminders for them to follow when the weather is hot and humid."
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts is dancing its way down Easton Avenue toward the Southside.
In an April 2 press conference administrators at the East Broad Street school invited government representatives to promote fundraising for a new $5 million facility at Third and Polk streets. The school is marking its 10th anniversary.
The United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley hosted a state budget forum at Northampton Community College March 28, featuring state and local representatives and a panel of guest speakers who shared their perspectives on the burgeoning budget process.
Scores of local activists, government officials and nonprofit leaders filled the sixth-floor hall at the Fowler Family Southside Campus for the mostly informational meeting.
ŸIf you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
ŸWash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
ŸAvoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
ŸTry to avoid close contact with sick people.
ŸPractice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy food.
This year's cold and flu season has been especially harsh, and national attention has been placed on dwindling vaccination stocks. But state and local organizations are working overtime to treat the ill and recommend preventive measures as the safest bet for a healthy winter.
To differentiate between a simple cold and the more severe flu, Deputy Press Secretary for the State Department of Health Kait Gillis said symptoms such as fever, body aches, tiredness and cough are more common and intense with the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.
Governor Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit against the National College Athletics Association on behalf of the commonwealth, railing against unjust penalizations and breaches of procedure in their implementation.
Corbett, after accepting the sanctions against the Penn State football team in July 2012, said in the complaint he's taken time to analyze the NCAA's decision and found it did not follow its own rules. He's declared the penalties "overreaching and unlawful" breaches of antitrust law.
Lehigh County officials unveiled in back-to-back press events Aug. 28 the county's new executive and the proposed 2013 county budget.
President Judge Carol McGinley administered the oath of office to 75-year-old William Hansell, a former city council member and business administrator with decades of experience in government and management.
Hansell replaces Don Cunningham who, after six years, left the position to become executive director of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Fountain Hill resident State Rep. Joseph Brennan, D-133rd, was arrested the afternoon of Aug. 15 for hitting his wife and driving while intoxicated.
According to affidavits obtained by The Press, borough police were dispatched to Delaware Avenue around 3 p.m. Aug. 15 regarding alleged simple assault on a front porch. Upon arrival, police identified Brennan's wife, who had suffered injuries to her face, hands, feet and left knee.