John Kerry statement on Syria polarises world leaders

Iran and Russia stand alongside Assad regime while UK, France and Australia follow US lead

As the US moves towards military intervention in the Syrian conflict, world leaders have issued a string of belicose statements, with Iran and Russia standing alongside the Assad regime against a western alliance led by the US, UK, France and Australia.

US options on Syria include multi-day strikes: Official

The Obama administration is considering military options that include multi-day strikes on Syrian government targets

As tensions heat up with Syria, relations between Israel and Turkey remain cool

After a brief courtship last spring, relations between Israel and Turkey have fallen to a new low, officials in both countries say, just as the two former allies are bracing for possible U.S. military action in neighboring Syria.

Turkish Lira hits another historic low on Syria concerns

The Turkish Lira?s historic fall against the dollar continued this morning, as it weakened to another record low

Russia rejects claims regime was behind chemical attack, warns against military solution in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry that Moscow rejects Washington’s claim the Syrian regime was behind a chemical weapons attack

 

Israel-Turkey relations sink to low

File – In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Gaza Strip’s Hamas Premier Ismail Haniyeh, left, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan salute together the lawmakers and supporters of Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey. After a brief courtship last spring, relations between Israel and Turkey have fallen to a new low, officials in both countries say, just as the two former allies are bracing for possible U.S. military action in neighboring Syria. (AP Photo/File )

Security Council approval needed before Syria military strike: UN envoy

The UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria said today that international military action in the country cannot go ahead without approval by the UN Security Council

 

US military ready to act on Syria immediately if asked, Defense Secretary says

The U.S. military is ready to act immediately should President Barack Obama order action against Syria over a chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says

Assad is no dove but?

There is jubilation in the Turkish government and its devoted army of academics and strategists

Strategic loneliness

The Egyptian?s words fell into the public domain a couple of days after Foreign Minister

Erdoğan?s Syria motion strain, 10 years after Iraq

Slightly more than 10 years ago, on March 1, 2003, the Turkish Parliament failed to approve a motion

Rulling AKP MP warns Ankara over Egypt?s dynamics

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy İdris Bal warns that Ankara may have to pay political

Syria: cases for and against intervention

The FT?s Janan Ganesh and Peggy Hollinger weigh the options western countries face in taking action against the Assad regime over chemical weapons use

 

Foreign policy bill started to be paid

The negative effects of the government?s foreign policy have started to become more apparent on the economy

Turkish government may have to stand alone with Syria motion

Turkey?s opposition parties vow to battle any decision by the government to pass a bill permitting Turkish participation in any attack on Syria, saying only Parliament can decide the matter

US assures Turkey over appropriate Syria action

The drums of war grow ever louder on Syria, with Ankara receiving guarantees from Washington

Ankara sees no NATO role in Syria

Although many European countries have voiced the need to send a strong message to the Bashar al-Assad

Netanyahu vows fierce retaliation if Syria attacks

Israel will strike back “fiercely” if Syria attacks the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said

Anonymous Sources on Syrian Weapons and Mayoral Politics Bring Criticism

New York Times (blog)

Just about everybody is in agreement about the use of anonymoussources in news stories. Readers deplore it, public editors shake a finger at it, Times editors and reporters say they try to minimize it. The Times’s ?Manual of Style and Usage? calls it

 

EU media on Syria intervention

The US is considering a military strike against Syria. On 26 August secretary of state John Kerry said that poison gas attacks on civilians were ?undeniable?. The Washington Post has reported plans for a limited intervention. Sceptical commentators point to the failed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and warn that an intervention would block ongoing peace talks

America’s Middle East alliances are cracking

Financial Times

The Turkish government, however, is outraged by events in Egypt. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, is a leader that Mr Obama has carefully cultivated. According to a recent book by Vali Nasr, a former Obama administration official, the

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