Syria Cease-Fire Nearly Dead, As Three Die in Cross-Border Violence

By: Monday April 9, 2012 8:55 am

The main point I wanted to get across in this post was that the idea that Syria would agree to a UN-brokered cease-fire was really wishful thinking. And sure enough, over the weekend, the Syrian regime figured out an excuse to stop implementation of the cease-fire. They simply added an additional demand, seeking written guarantees [...]

Human Rights Watch Alleges Abuses By Opposition Groups in Syria

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 11:00 am

There are reports that Saudi Arabia has sent military equipment to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army, according to an anonymous diplomat for the Arab nation. But who the “good guys” in this fight, considering the push by neoconservatives to arm these same Syrian rebels, or intervene militarily on their behalf. It turns out that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian opposition of a litany of abuses.

One Year After Start of Syrian Uprising, No Consensus on Resolution

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 9:35 am

The Syrian uprising began one year ago. The Assad regime marked it in two ways. First, with a Potemkin rally in Damascus, with tens of thousands of pro-regime demonstrators coming out (read: forced to come out) in support. They called it the “Global March for Syria.” The second marking of the uprising was by armies [...]

UN Resolution Drops Demand that Assad Step Down in Syria

By: Thursday February 2, 2012 9:35 am

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 [...]

Russia Will Not Approve UN Resolution on Syria Without Assurances Against Military Action

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 12:32 pm

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations refuses to sign on to a Security Council resolution on Syria, and because Russia has veto power, that would effectively scuttle it. But what’s interesting here is the Russian demand that the resolution rule out military action: Russia said on Wednesday it would veto any U.N. resolution on [...]

Doctors Without Borders Describes Being Asked to Treat Patients Between Torture Sessions in Libya

By: Friday January 27, 2012 8:15 am

Glenn Greenwald had a good story yesterday about continuing human rights abuses in Libya, and how you cannot justify interventions on “humanitarian” grounds without being concerned about what you leave behind. There’s more indication of that today with this ugly situation described by Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons [...]

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 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 [...]

Feingold’s LRA Reaction

By: Monday October 17, 2011 10:04 am

Russ Feingold, author of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Relief Act of 2009, has responded to the news that President Obama sent 100 combat-equipped troops to Uganda last week. I said I would follow up on that, so here it is: The author of that legislation, former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wisc., told [...]

On Joseph Kony, War Powers and Liberal Interventionism

By: Monday October 17, 2011 7:00 am

So in the midst of a delightful weekend with family, I noticed in the few minutes I had to look at the computer that I have become the exemplar of Obama Derangement Syndrome with a hastily written Friday post about the White House starting a mini-war in Africa. Apparently it was front-paged on Saturday and [...]

Remnants of Gadhafi Regime Still Fighting to Bitter End in Libya

By: Monday September 5, 2011 7:41 am

CIA asset Moammar Gadhafi still inspires loyalty among some subset of Libyans, so the final days of the Libyan civil war will feature battles and not truces. Rebel forces are stationed outside the desert town of Bani Walid, as well as the Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte. Originally, there was a Saturday deadline for negotiations, which [...]

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