Where is Turkey in Syrian diplomacy?

The mood of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before his departure to St. Petersburg

How Assad Wooed the American Right, and Won the Syria Propaganda War

Even before President Barack Obama put his plans to strike the Syrian regime on hold, hewas losing the battle of public opinion about military intervention. Part of the credit, no doubt, goes to a successful media blitz by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime and its supporters. In an interview aired on Monday night

Obama has allowed Assad into the debate

Amid the global diplomacy, Damascus is trying to sow doubt about its use of chemical weapons and is arguing that, like the US, it is fighting al-Qaeda

The implications of the Syria Vote: how Britain goes to war (or not)

The Commons’ refusal to go to war is a landmark in British constitutional history. What is it that stands out in UK parliament that is giving our MPs an increaing authority over Britain?

Pro-Assad And/Or Anti-War Demonstrations?

A pro-Assad protest in Washington DC. In addition to waving the Syrian flag, an Israeli flag is seen among the crowd. Photograph shared by Eiad Charbaji on his public Facebook page

Russia’s nimble footwork on Syria

Russia could pull off diplomatic coup with Syria weapons plan

Syria’s Assad marks birthday as strike threat recedes

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad marks his 48th birthday with the threat of US-led strikes against his regime in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack apparently receding

 France says will remain poised for Syria strikes

France said it would remain poised to launch military action against Syria

MAIN FOCUS: Obama postpones attack on Assad | 11/09/2013

The US will not intervene militarily in Syria for the time being, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in his address to the nation. First the Syrian regime is to be given the opportunity to place its chemical weapons under international control. While some commentators welcome the announcement as a victory for diplomacy, others say Bashar al-Assad has come out the winner.

 

Obama?s Syria muddle

What is the Obama administration plan in Syria?

It depends on whom you ask and when.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, President Obama, in his address to the nation, said that he had ?asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force

Syria?s First Family

Last year, Slate published an illustrated guide to the members of Bashar al-Assad?s family. In the 19 months since, the death toll in Syria has surpassed 100,000 as the country descended into civil war.

What Obama Really Thinks About Syria

Monday afternoon, President Obama sat for six interviews about Syria, one with each of the major U.S. TV networks. He tried to deliver the same talking points each time: that chemical weapons are ?indiscriminate,

Obama vows to explore diplomatic route on Syria chemical weapons

U.S. President Barack Obama vowed Sept.10 to explore a diplomatic initiative from Russia to neutralize Syria’s chemical weapons but voiced skepticism about it
R2P and Syria: imperialism with a human face

Opposing military intervention in Syria is not support for the brutal Assad regime. The BRICS countries can rely on strong legal and political reasons against such intervention; the Responsibility to Protect language is easily manipulated. Prudent internationalism is the better way ? supporting negotiated solutions and eschewing military force to impose democracy.

Syria hostage ‘treated like animal’

Italian journalist Domenico Quirico speaks of his five-month ordeal as a hostage of armed groups in Syria, saying he was treated “like an animal”.

Syria warcrimes deepen in battle for territory: UN report

U.N. human rights investigators said Sept.11 Syrian government forces had massacred civilians, bombed hospitals and committed other war crimes

Diplomacy priority on Syria, says White House

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told Spt.10 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives that diplomacy is the priority on Syria now
The Hill to the rescue on Syria? Don?t hold your breath?

Will members of the Senate and the House grasp the opportunity to undertake an urgently needed reassessment of America?s War for the Greater Middle East?

The Massive Mural That Captures Syria’s Surprising Alliance with North Korea

In 1973, to aid in a surprise attack on Israel, North Korea reportedly sent hundreds of troops to Syria. The conflict, which became known as the Yom Kippur War, was an embarrassing defeat for Syria — Israeli troops made it within dozens of miles of Damascus. Like so many dictatorships, the Syrian government tried to fashion a triumph out of a loss. On the outskirts of Damascus, the October War Panorama museum, a castle-like structure built with the help of North Koreans, memorializes Syria’s “victory” over Israel.

UN Security Council Syria meeting postponed: Envoys

A U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria planned for Sept. 10 was postponed at the request of Russia, which had called the talks, council envoys said
Turkey?s land forces commander inspects troops deployed at Syrian border

A delegation headed by Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Akar inspected a border post in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa?s Akçakale district
Putin calls on US to renounce use of force in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. should renounce the option of using force in Syria to allow checks on Damascus’s chemical weapons to go ahead.
Syria wants to join chemical weapons ban treaty: Foreign minister

Syria wants to join the chemical weapons ban treaty, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Sept. 10, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported

Punishing the Wicked in Syria

The international community has once again defined a global standard of ?the wicked? against whom sovereign states have a duty to fight, writes Paul D. Miller. Instead of pirates and cannibals, it is war criminals and genocidaires. This appears to be the implicit argument for military action against Syria.
Pictures of the Day: Syria and Elsewhere

Photos from Syria, Turkey, Washington and the Philippines.

Objectives in Syria? Look at U.S. Targets

If you want to understand the Obama administration’s objectives in Syria, don’t just listen to what officials say ? watch what they bomb, writes Seth G. Jones. There are at least four sets of potential political objectives. Each is linked to a different set of targets.

Limited U.S. Military Strikes Do Not Unseat Dug-in Dictators

Like the measured attacks that may soon strike Syrian targets, America’s first military attacks on Serbia, Libya, Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan were not aimed at regime change. Their purpose was to retaliate for attacks or coerce changes in policy.

France floats UN Syria resolution

France will put a resolution to the UN Security Council to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control so they can be destroyed.

MAIN FOCUS: Syria urged to destroy chemical weapons | 10/09/2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday called on Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and destroy them. In doing so he seized on a comment made by his US counterpart John Kerry which, according to the State Department, was only meant “rhetorically”. The initiative could indeed serve to prevent a military strike, some commentators say, expressing surprise that Moscow of all places has come to the US president’s rescue.

Syria says has ‘already agreed’ to Russia arms plan: Reports

Syrian foreign minister said Syria has “already agreed” to an initiative by Russia for Damascus to hand over its chemical weapons stocks

Does Obama want to attack Syria or not?

The Obama administration keeps undermining its own case for a punitive strike in Syria. If the president wants permission from Congress and support from the American people, he and his aides had better get their story straight.

Obama misunderstands wartime leadership

In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt told his speechwriter Sam Rosenman, ?It?s a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead ? and to find no one there.?

What the world overlooked in Syria

Major events taking place across Syria have been overshadowed by the chemical attack saga.

America?s Islamist Allies of Convenience

A US attack on Syria would unleash major unintended consequences, potentially including the creation of a haven for extremists stretching across northern Syria and into the Sunni areas of Iraq. Indeed, an attack would most likely increase America?s reliance on unsavory Islamist rulers throughout the wider Middle East.

 

Syria: the case for intervention

The political balance in the west is moving against military involvement in Syria. Such a choice will ensure the prolongation of war, chaos, extremism, and humanitarian disaster. Only intervention will open the way to a political settlement, says Bashar Haydar.

The Spaghettification of U.S. Foreign Policy: How Many Cases Can Obama Make for War with Syria?

This is what desperation looks like.

With the White House selling an increasingly skeptical Congress and public on airstrikes in Syria, President Obama and his lieutenants have rolled out just about every possible argument to marshal support on the Hill ahead of Obama’s big Syria speech on Tuesday evening. It’s akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks.

Deflating Empire: The Syrian Threat to the United States

The morning on this side of the Atlantic started with John Kerry?s hoarse voice on the radio, addressing journalists in London and bellowing that the U.S. was not talking about going to war when it talked about military aggression against a state that never attacked the U.S. Acts of war, apparently, are never committed by the U.S.,

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