More Execution-Style Killings Found in Syria

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 12:56 pm

Days after the massacre in Houla, the Syrian government has committed a new round of killings. The United Nations discovered an additional 13 bodies near Deir al-Zour, killed execution-style, with their hands tied behind their backs. UN mission chief Maj Gen Robert Mood said he was “deeply disturbed” by the “appalling and inexcusable act” [...] [...]

Houla Massacre Renews Attention on Syrian Tragedy

By: Sunday May 27, 2012 1:04 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. Syria is currently under a UN-managed ceasefire between its military and anti-government rebels, but the massacre in Houla after Friday evening prayers shows the [...]

US Closes Embassy in Syria

By: Monday February 6, 2012 8:55 am

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. U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford left Syria on Monday morning, according to CNN, and Syrian officials were told of the decision following the evacuation. Security concerns for the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Yet More Allegations of Detainee Abuse by Libyan Rebels

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 12:54 pm

Libya’s Transitional National Council has vowed to prosecute the killers of Moammar Gadhafi if crimes were found to be committed. They say they have issued a code of ethics on prisoners of war, and that any violation of that code will be investigated and subject to a criminal trial. They now have something else to [...]

Palestine to Seek Statehood at UN Security Council Next Week

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 12:53 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 [...]

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

By: Friday June 24, 2011 1:40 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. The Palestinian Authority has made no secret of this goal, and it seems undeniable [...]

UN Security Council Meeting on Ivory Coast

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 12:28 pm

According to CNN, the UN Security Council will convene tonight starting at 5pm ET to vote on a resolution on the situation in Ivory Coast. There aren’t any further details at this time. This resolution, whatever it is, comes at an interesting time. Ivory Coast has slipped into a low-level civil war that has simmered [...]

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