By Samuel Burke, CNN
It's been almost two years since a young fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in front of a Tunisian government office.
Bouazizi died from his burns, but his friends and family said that the real cause of his death was the loss of hope - that he would ever find opportunity or dignity in Tunisia.
That single act gave birth to revolution in Tunisia and then all over the Arab world - in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria and beyond. FULL POST
By Sonia Kennebeck
While world leaders gathered on Wednesday in the U.N. General Assembly hall to discuss the most urgent international issues, including the civil war in Syria, the conflict in that country reached another horrendous peak.
343 people were killed that day, according to an opposition group. This would mark the highest daily death toll since the beginning of the conflict in March last year.
Since then more than 30,000 people have lost their lives according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In the General Assembly hall leaders have yet to agree to a solution to prevent further bloodshed. But member countries China and Russia have been accused of aiding the Assad regime by refusing to agree to a resolution. And the U.S. accuses Iraq of allowing Iranian supplies to pass through Iraqi airspace.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he believes Iraq should do what they can to prevent Iran from helping the Syrian government, but he contends that this is not the actual problem. FULL POST