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A “cessation of hostilities” in Syria? (with link to text of February12, 2016 Munich communique)

The ghost of Kofi Annan lives on, in the form of the U.N. negotiations under the aegis of Stefan de Mistura and the Security Council’s resolution in December, 2015 laying out the latest version of…


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2016: Fateful time for a conversation about international law

Does any of this matter? Do we care any more about whether one country invades another by military force? Does it matter how we respond? It has been 30 years, more or less, since there…



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As Kerry travels to Moscow, Putin thwarts investigation into assassination of Boris Nemtsov on February 27, 2015

As John Kerry travels to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria and the Ukraine, Putin’s cover-up “investigation” into those responsible for Boris Nemtsov’s assassination on February 27, 2015 is reaching its dénoument….


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War criminal Bashar al-Assad charges British air attacks illegal

Bashar al-Assad is recently quoted as complaining that British air attacks against ISIS in Syria are illegal. ZeitOnline und AFP, “Assad nennt britische Luftangriffe “illegal”; Die Angriffe der britischen Luftwaffe auf den IS seien schädlich,…


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Kerry and Obama’s strategy on Syria: Work through the Russians and thow a “Hail Mary” pass on negotiations

See MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT, “Russian Buildup in Syria Raises Questions on Role,” New York Times, September 19, 2015. Stefan Braun, Berlin, und Nicolas Richter, Washington, “Syrien-Konflikt: Kerry und Steinmeier hoffen auf Putin;…


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REPRISE–Syria: Russia and Iran complicit under International Law in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity

Late News—- See MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT, “U.S. Moves to Block Russian Military Buildup in Syria,” New York Times, September 8, 2015. Vladimir Putin is now engaged in extremely dangerous brinksmanship in Syria,…



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Top articles on Putin, the Ukraine, and Russia

Check back for updates Some of the best articles by the Trenchant Observer on Putin, the Ukraine, and Russia include the following: (1) “Russian propaganda and Western reporters who can’t think: Putin’s great rise in…


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U.S. strategy and leadership needed: The Middle East and other countries hurtle into the Vortex

On some days, the news is so disturbing that you want to take a broader view of what is going on in a region, or the world. The Middle East appears to be convulsed by…