In international news, Syrian government forces backed by intense Russian airstrikes have captured most of eastern Aleppo, pinning down remaining anti-government fighters in a tiny part of the city. The offensive is now poised to give Syrian President Bashar al-Assad one of his biggest victories in the nearly six-year-old civil war. Reuters is reporting that rebels in Aleppo have been offered a U.S.-backed proposal that would see them put down their weapons in exchange for safe passage to a place of their choice. Russia is denying any such deal has been reached. Hopefully the rebels will disengage which will allow for peace to happen sooner. It is in the best interests for the international community to disengage. It is also important for Assad and Putin to recognize the human rights of their citizens.