Annan Claims to Have Brokered Cease-Fire in Syria

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 9:35 am

Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General sent as an envoy to negotiate a peace process in Syria, claims to have gotten Syria to accept his terms. Syria has accepted a ceasefire and peace plan drawn up by U.N. and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, his spokesman said on Tuesday, even as Syrian troops [...]

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 10:10 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. The two permanent council members rejected the draft resolution, which came hours after activists accused Syrian security forces of killing [...]

Civil War Breaks Out in Syria as Russia Tries to Broker Deal

By: Monday January 30, 2012 12:15 pm

The UN has been trying to draft a resolution on the situation in Syria, calling for Bashar al-Assad to relinquish control of the government to his deputy, who would then form a unity government. Russia has so far objected to the terms of the resolution, particularly Assad’s ouster. But the situation has changed in Syria [...]

Syria Rejects Arab League Plan for Assad to Step Down

By: Monday January 23, 2012 1:39 pm

Syria rejected a peace plan from the Arab League that called on President Bashar al-Assad to step down and form a national unity government with the opposition within two months. The Assad regime called the plan “an attack on its national sovereignty and a flagrant interference in internal affairs.” But of course, the Arab League [...]

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

By: Monday January 16, 2012 8:55 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 [...]

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

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 8:55 am

Arab League officials planned to send more observers to Syria to monitor protests there, but they abruptly delayed that today. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that one observer left the mission after calling it a “farce.” A former Arab League observer in Syria has decried the organisation’s monitoring mission to the [...]

Saleh Stays in Yemen; Arab Parliament Asks Monitors to Leave in Syria

By: Monday January 2, 2012 6:52 am

A couple interesting developments in the Middle East kicked off the 2012 edition of the Arab uprising: • Saleh decides to stay put. There was reason to be concerned about the potential entry of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh into the United States to seek medical treatment. The parallels with the entry of the Shah [...]

US Gaming Out Strategies on Syria

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 9:02 am

The Arab League monitoring process in Syria has reached tragicomic proportions. Security forces are now killing protesters within a couple blocks of the monitors, and the monitors do their best not to notice. This is a Baghdad Bob-level of ignorance of one’s surroundings. Amid all of this, Josh Rogin at The Cable reports on some [...]

Arab League Monitors Blithely Ignoring Government Killing in Syria

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 11:46 am

This Arab League monitoring process in Syria is quickly turning into a catastrophe. After visiting Homs just as the tanks pulled out, the monitors declared “nothing frightening” in the epicenter of protest and government repression. “Some places looked a bit of a mess but there was nothing frightening,” Sudanese General Mustafa Dabi, the chief of [...]

Arab League Monitors Arrive in Homs as Tanks Pull Out

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 6:19 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: But sporadic fighting continued on Tuesday morning in Bab Amr, the neighborhood hardest hit by the violence that has left dozens [...]

Syrian Security Forces Kill Protesters Before Arab League Monitors Enter

By: Wednesday December 21, 2011 10:15 am

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: Syrian rights activists and opposition [...]

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