The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. The name missing from that list is Russia, whose Foreign Minister yesterday said that the rebels share the blame with the government for the massacre. This Russian roadblock prevents serious action by the UN Security Council.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 29, 2012 7:00 am|
The fear of unrest and chaos related to the results of the first round of the Egyptian Presidential election has already been realized. The offices of Ahmed Shafiq, the former Air Force General and Hosni Mubarak’s last Prime Minister, who finished second in the voting and made the runoff, burned last night.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 28, 2012 2:10 pm|
What many see as the worst-case scenario for the Egyptian elections has come to pass, with the first round ending in the most polarizing result between a law and order candidate from the Mubarek regime and representative of the Muslim Brotherhood.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 27, 2012 6:00 pm|
The United Nations has returned to the issue of Syria today, after a massacre in villages near the flashpoint city of Homs that killed at least 116 people, including 32 children.
|By: David Dayen Saturday May 26, 2012 6:00 pm|
Official results in the historic Egyptian Presidential elections will not be revealed until Monday. But based on early returns and exit polls, it looks increasingly like a runoff will ensue, with the choice coming down to a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hosni Mubarak’s former Prime Minister.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 18, 2012 3:38 pm|
Syria has helpfully asked the UN for more monitors – but no more than 250 in a country of over 20 million – to observe the cease-fire taking place in the embattled country. They even offered their own air support, so no need for independent aircraft to aid mobility for the observers! I think today’s events will put a damper on the allegedly positive Syrian proposal, however.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 13, 2012 9:53 am|
Thursday was the first operative day of the cease-fire in Syria. On that day, more than a dozen people were reported killed in fighting, and Syrian forces had not pulled back their tanks from the major cities, as per the agreement. So it’s the kind of cease-fire where 12 people die.
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 12, 2012 2:30 pm|
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 12, 2012 9:07 am|
I think it would be a mistake to look at the tenuous success from the first day of a cease-fire in Syria and pronounce the cease-fire solved. In fact, the government isn’t honoring the cease-fire. It included a provision to have the regime pull back their security forces from the major cities. They have not done so. Tanks still set outside the major urban centers.
|By: David Dayen Saturday April 7, 2012 10:15 am|
Like many times in the past, the claims of the Syrian government that they ended the fighting in advance of a cease-fire have been proven wrong. The opposition Local Coordinating Committees report that civilians have been targeted in recent days, including ones displaced from their homes. Idlib province has been shelled, with small villages and [...]