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.


US Closes Embassy in Syria

By: Monday February 6, 2012 1:30 pm

The United States closed its embassy in Syria today, in response to continuing attacks by security forces in Homs that have escalated the death toll in the uprising. Nothing that the international community has done thus far has led to any pullback in efforts by Bashar al-Assad to use his security forces to crush the uprising.

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.

UN Resolution Drops Demand That Assad Step Down in Syria

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 4:11 pm

Russia had one simple demand on the UN draft resolution on Syria: the resolution must not allow for military intervention. In fact, it must ban intervention specifically in the text.

Well, the UN negotiators haven’t gone that far, to my knowledge. But they did drop the demand that Bashar al-Assad step down and hand over control of the country to his deputy.

Palestine to Seek Statehood at UN Security Council Next Week

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 2:25 pm

On September 23, one week from tomorrow, the Palestinian Authority will lead an effort to be recognized as an independent state at the United Nations. With serious peace talks stalled for years and with the Palestinians having little alternatives or leverage to force a return to negotiations, they decided that going to the UN was the best course of action. And while the US can veto the effort at the Security Council, a General Assembly petition for “observer status” is more likely to succeed.

Western Powers Try to Restart Middle East Peace Talks, Short-Circuit Palestinian Drive for UN Membership

By: Friday June 24, 2011 3:22 pm

You wouldn’t know it, but one of the most intense diplomatic efforts happening right now is the attempt by Western powers to try and get the Palestinians to abandon their effort to seek statehood from the UN General Assembly in September.

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