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Michael Young of The Daily Star (Beirut): “Give Syria’s dead a chance to speak out.”

More details of the atrocities in Syria continue to emerge. See: Michael Young, “Give Syria’s dead a chance to speak out,” The Daily Star, January 23, 2014 12:25 AM. Mark Landler and Ben Hubbard, “State…



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Details in U.N. inspectors’ report on chemical weapons massacre at Ghouta point ineluctably to al-Assad (with link to report); more commentary

Developing–check back for updates The text of the UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors’ Report is found below (with link). United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic,…


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The United States and Syria: Incoherent policy

The Daily Star is one of a handful of outstanding English-language newspapers in the Middle East, and does not have an anti-Western bias. When it criticizes the United States, or Europe, its comments are directed…




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Words and Deeds: President Obama delivers eloquent defense of free speech and democracy at U.N. General Assembly (with text and video links)

  On September 25, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations General Assembly, delivering a nuanced and eloquent defense of the right to freedom of speech, liberty, and democracy. See Remarks by the President…


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Grave errors, repeated? The United States, France, the U.K. and Kofi Annan’s successor; Latest developments on UNSMIS, Joint Special Envoy—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #76 (August 16) Revised 20:00 GMT

Updated August 16 at 20:00 GMT Latest Developments: – U.N. Security Council allows UNSMIS mission to end on August 19 – Russia pushes hard to continue mission of Joint Special Envoy, convoking meeting on August…


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Syrian rebels reportedly commit war crimes; U.N. Security Council should refer crimes in Syria to the ICC—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #71 (August 1)

Some units of the Free Syrian Army are reported today to have summarily executed opponents under their control, in Aleppo. This is a wrong turn for the opposition, a sad and erroneous step on the…


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Immunity or safe-conduct for al-Assad? Can Kofi Annan fail? Conference before cease-fire?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #56 (June 23)

A lot of wasted time and diplomatic effort could be saved if the world’s leaders insisted on their top international lawyers sitting in on critical decisions affecting foreign policy and national security. The latest example…