Russia Hints at Giving Up on Syria

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 5:48 pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s continued survival is predicated on their Russian patrons to a large extent. So this shift from Moscow is really a crushing blow.

 

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.

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 [...]

More Evidence of Boots on the Ground in Libya; Zuma Leaves Without Agreement on Cease-Fire

By: Tuesday May 31, 2011 7:00 am

Any hopes that South African President Jacob Zuma would be able to mediate a resolution to the Libyan civil war have apparently gone by the boards after his one-day visit. Zuma did meet with Moammar Gadhafi, and said that Gadhafi was ready to implement the African Union “roadmap” accompanying a cease-fire. But while that plan includes reforms, it does not call for Gadhafi to step down, and it’s unclear whether he would agree to that. Anyway, the AU roadmap is already a dead document, having been rejected by the opposition.

Libya Cease-Fire Offer Regarded Coldly By West

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 7:18 pm

It is telling that Gadhafi is not even mentioned in the document at all. And certainly, this does not hew to the demands of the Libyan rebels that Gadhafi leave the country and go into exile. But I would say it offers a framework to ease the current regime from the scene and install a more democratic structure. Obviously Gadhafi hasn’t backed up prior agreements with actions.

Cannabis Reconsidered: From Escalating Punishment to Minimizing Harm

By: Monday September 20, 2010 3:10 pm

If we all stand together, we can turn around a horrific status-quo by putting cannabis in the realm of health, not law enforcement. Persuade our community leaders to stand up and speak for humanity and humane practices. For voters unsure of the result of legalization, let’s demand an immediate cease fire in the War on Drugs, to show that all hell will not break loose.

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