Western Nations Expel Syrian Envoys

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:20 pm

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.

 

Offices of Presidential Candidate Burn in Egypt After Announcement of Runoff

By: 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.

Egyptian Presidential Election Gets Polarizing Runoff

By: 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.

Houla Massacre Renews Attention on Syrian Tragedy

By: 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.

Egyptian Elections Could Lead to Mubarak’s Former Prime Minister in Runoff

By: 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.

UN Mission in Syria Showing Signs of Faltering

By: 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.

Syria Cease-Fire Features Marginally Less Death Than Before

By: 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.

Turkish PM Could Invoke NATO Right to Collective Self-Defense Against Syria

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 2:30 pm

This is pretty much what I expected when violence from Syria moved across the border to Turkey. I mentioned that Turkey was a NATO member. And now the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is hints at NATO member obligations.

Syrian Cease-Fire Tenuous, Fragile

By: 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.

US Ambassador to Syria Releases Satellite Images Showing No Pullout of Regime Forces

By: 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 [...]

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