Late Night: MENA Mashup

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 8:00 pm

Kerry phones Netanyahu to apologize over ‘chickenshit’ slur

So while he has ramped up the pressure on Al Aqsa, the Settlement growth, and closing Gaza’s two crossings recently, Bibi’s actions on Al Aqsa, speak far louder than his words…


Fatster’s News Roundup from August 12, 2012

By: Monday August 13, 2012 6:16 am

Fatster rounds up news items from across the known galaxy, including stories about American troops in Afghanistan, Hezbolla in Syria, Arab League, Egypt’s military, France, Barclay’s, UK Central Bank, all-women cities, off-shore bank accounts, DNC, Chevron fire, local post offices as banks, and much more.

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 10:35 am

Hours after a horrific massacre in Homs, China and Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution on Syria, one which was already watered down in an attempt to get the support of the Russians.

Syria Calls for Mass Amnesty of Political Prisoners on Eve of Arab League Monitor Report

By: Monday January 16, 2012 11:30 am

The Syrian regime, trying to walk a fine line between staying in power and avoiding the ire of the international community, abruptly announced a general amnesty for “crimes” committed during the uprising, which began last March. The fact that this is the fourth such amnesty issued by Bashar al-Assad during the uprising probably blunts the impact, and opposition spokesmen dismissed it.

Arab League Observer Leaves Syria Mission, Calls It “Farce”

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 6:30 pm

Anwar Malek, an Algerian member of the monitoring team, told Al Jazeera he resigned because of what he saw, and said that the mission was falling apart.

“What I saw was a humanitarian disaster. The regime is not just committing one war crime, but a series of crimes against its people,” he said.

Arab League Monitors Arrive in Homs, Syria as Tanks Pull Out

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 11:15 am

Observers from the Arab League have reached Homs, Syria, at the same time as Syrian security forces pulled tanks off the streets. Even then, security forces squeezed off their final shots at the protesters and tanks are still reported waiting just outside the cities.

Syrian Security Forces Kill Protesters Before Arab League Monitors Enter

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 1:45 pm

Earlier in the week, Syria agreed to allow Arab League monitors into the country to observe the pullback of security forces from residential areas throughout the country. But they aren’t due to enter the country for a few days. In the meantime, Syrian security forces are wiping out the opposition.

Arab League Suspends Syria

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 8:37 am

The action by the collection of Arab states against the Syrian regime followed a so-called peace agreement that the Arab League brokered with Bashar al-Assad, which was supposed to end violence by security forces. However, a day after agreeing to the peace deal, Syrian security killed 10 protesters, and since that time Syria has continued to lay waste to the country, killing 250 protesters in 11 days.

Saudis Pull Ambassador to Syria, In Major Development

By: Monday August 8, 2011 9:40 am

The uprising in Syria may have reached a tipping point. The Arab League has ended its silence on Bashar al-Assad’s brutal repression of protesters and condemned the violence, expressing “growing concern and serious distress” at the attacks. But more important, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, a crucial vote of no confidence in the Assad regime.

Obama Administration Floats Sanctions for Syria

By: Monday April 25, 2011 3:00 pm

Let’s make no mistake, this incursion into Deraa is a preface to a massacre, along the lines of the massacre of Benghazi that was halted by coalition airstrikes. Press Secretary Jay Carney tried a pass at describing Libya as a unique situation to prevent mass carnage, but you have tanks rolling into the streets of Deraa. That just doesn’t logically follow.

But Carney also said something else, letting his slip show. He said that Libya was unique because of the support of the Arab League. And that’s the real point here. Syria is a member of the Arab League, as was Libya until Moammar Gadhafi was expelled.

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