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REPRISE: André Glucksmann, “The killing continues in Syria” (English translation (originally published August 28, 2012)

The following article was originally published here in English on August 28, 2012. The original version was published here in French on August 13, 2012. The French text of André Gluckmann’s article on Syria and…


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Russia’s Prime Minister Medvedev claims direct threat to Russian citizens, laying basis for Russian military intervention in Ukraine

Careful note should be taken of the statements on Monday by Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister. See Friedrich Schmidt (Moskau), “Krise in der Ukraine–Medwedjew sieht Bedrohung für Russen; Der russische Ministerpräsident hat die Situation…


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Kerry and Lavrov: Personal rapport versus facts on ground in Syria

The New York Times reports on May 18 on the rapport that is building between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. See Steven Lee Meyers and David M. Herszenhorn,…


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REPRISE: “Looney Toons” at the White House: New York Times article details Obama’s thinking on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #45 (May 27, 2012)

Introduction to the REPRISE (May 7, 2013) So, Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons in Syria turns out to be a red line that leads directly to the Kremlin. What American diplomacy…


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André Glucksmann, “The killing continues in Syria” (English translation)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #81 (August 28)

The French text of André Gluckmann’s article on Syria and Vladimir Putin, published in Le Monde on August 11, has now been translated (in rather free form) into English. See André Glucksmann, “How Kofi Annan…


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André Glucksmann, “La tuerie continue en Syrie”—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #74 (August 13)

André Glucksmann, philosophe et écrivain français important, écrit, dans Le Monde du 11 août 2012, que tandis que les JO à Londres fascinent le public mondiale et les chars et les avions de Bachar Al-Assad “gâchent,…


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Security Council adopts Resolution 2059 extending mandate of UNSMIS for 30 days (with text); fighting and risks intensify—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #67 (July 20)

The U.N. Security Council adopted a draft resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom, France, and Germany on Friday morning, July 20, 2012, extending the term of the UNSMIS for a final period of 30 days….


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What future for UNSMIS and for Kofi Annan? Russia pushes for more of the same, with an implied military threat to dissuade all from any other options—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #61 (July 11)

For a long-time student of diplomatic history and international politics, it is painful to watch the amateurism of Barack Obama’s foreign policy and foreign policy team. In the case of Syria, where the interests of Russia,…


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New massacre, some 140 killed in Syria; U.N. General Assembly meeting, Security Council consultations on Thursday—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #49 (June 7)

The BBC reports, Syrian pro-government forces have killed at least 86 people in Hama province, many of them women and children, activists say (emphasis added). The opposition said government-backed militia stabbed and shot their victims…


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“Looney Toons” at the White House: New York Times article details Obama’s thinking on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #45 (May 27)

looney-tunes adj. [after Looney Tunes, trademark for a series of animated cartoons] [Slang] crazy; demented: also loon’ y-tunes *** loony [Slang] adj. loon’i-er, looní-est [LUNATIC] crazy; demented n., pl. loon’-ies a loony person Also loon”…