Arab League Suspends Syria

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 5:00 am

The Arab League has suspended Syria over security forces murdering and torturing thousands of protesters during a months-long uprising, potentially setting the stage for an intervention into the country. The action by the collection of Arab states against the Syrian regime followed a so-called peace agreement that the Arab League brokered with Bashar al-Assad, which [...]

A Day After Signing “Peace” Deal, Syria Kills 10 Protesters

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 10:53 am

A day after agreeing to a peace deal with the Arab League that would primarily remove security forces from Syrian cities, those same security forces opened fire on protesters in Homs, one of the hotbeds of protests during the uprising. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Baba Amr district of Homs came [...]

Pretend Peace in Syria

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 12:18 pm

The Syrian government announced on state television that they would accept a deal from the Arab League to end the crackdown on protesters that has killed as many as 3,000 Syrians. In its place, the government would enter into dialogue with the protest movement. Details about the agreement were scant, but Syrian state television reported [...]

Syria Teeters Closer to Civil War

By: Friday October 28, 2011 12:21 pm

The John McCains of the world have moved right past Libya and sought NATO intervention in Syria, another country featuring a brutal crackdown of a protest movement. By some estimates, 3,000 protesters have been murdered by the security forces, with thousands more detained and tortured. The Assad regime claims that 1,000 security officers have been [...]

Saudis Pull Ambassador to Syria, In Major Development

By: Monday August 8, 2011 9:30 am

The uprising in Syria may have reached a tipping point. The Arab League has ended its silence on Bashar al-Assad’s brutal repression of protesters and condemned the violence, expressing “growing concern and serious distress” at the attacks. But more important, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, a crucial vote of no confidence in the Assad regime: [...]

US Floats Sanctions for Syria

By: Monday April 25, 2011 12:56 pm

In reaction to the tanks now overrunning Deraa in Syria, the White House has begun to talk about “targeted sanctions” against the Assad regime. The White House, deploring “brutal violence used by the government of Syria against its people,” said President Barack Obama’s administration was considering targeted sanctions to make clear that “this behavior is [...]

Arab League Shifts, Criticizes Libya Intervention

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 12:39 pm

As French jets continue to run sorties against Libyan targets, they claim that Qatar will soon deploy four planes into the region. The contention from the coalition enforcing UN resolution 1973 is that they have Arab League buy-in on the operation, and the inclusion of Qatar in the coalition would seem to confirm it. But [...]

Interventionists Struggle to Reconcile Libyan Action with Repression Across Arab World

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 9:25 am

So I picked the wrong day to be stuck without Internet access, I guess. It was March 19, eight years to the day after the invasion of Iraq, the US lobbed Tomahawk missiles into Libya, attempting to take out air defenses in preparation for enforcing a no-fly zone. We’re on day two of this, still [...]

Gadhafi Forces Stand Down, Call Cease-Fire: Now What?

By: Friday March 18, 2011 6:50 am

So it’s time to get your war on again. The UN Security Council voted in favor of using “all necessary measures” to protect citizens in Benghazi from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, going further than a no-fly zone and also approving targeted airstrikes against tanks and artillery. But the broad resolution left a lot of unanswered questions, [...]

Libyan Intervention Ratcheted Up By “Do-Something” Neocons

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 11:29 am

It does look as if, sometime in the next day or two, the United Nations will authorize either a no-fly zone over Libya or additional military intervention for the country, including possible ground or air attacks. The Arab League has already endorsed all of these options, so the Security Council has some cover if they [...]

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