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The Leopard and the Impala: Putin astutely plays Obama for a chump

We can’t know for sure what the outcome will be with respect to the Russian proposal to put chemical weapons in Syria under international control…


The Russian proposal to control and dismantle chemical weapons in Syria—How to test it without losing momentum

The Russians have been nimble at diplomacy throughout the two and a half years of the Syrian crisis, and today was no exception.  Picking up…


Commentary on Syria and the response of the West

Latest News Reports and Commentary Aus Deutschland (1) Stefan Kornelius (Kommentar), Obama spürt die Kraft der zwei Mahlsteine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 7. September 2013 (9:34 Uhr)….


Moral cowardice in Europe and elsewhere: Bad-faith arguments on Syria by Germany and other countries lacking the courage to act

(Developing article) Following are the statements and ways German and other European and world leaders use to disguise the moral cowardice of nations that give…


Obama’s failure to justify military action against Syria under international law, and its pernicious impact

President Barack Obama has so far failed to offer a well-developed justification under international law for taking military action against Syria. While not a “slam…


Europe’s cowardice, and the urgent need to build a coalition of NATO members for military action in Syria

Developing story Europe’s memory and that of its politicians has proved quite short when considering whether to support an American military response to Bashar al-Assad’s…


Europas “Menschen des Wortes”, ihr Schweigen, und die Verantwortung die Europa auch für Syrien trägt (aktualisiert am 17. Juli 2013)

Update von 17. Juli 2013 Uber das Schweigen der deutschen Schriftstellern im Fall eines Kolleges der von Islamischen Extremisten bedroht ist, siehe: Georg Diez (S.P.O.N….


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

Sergei Lavrov argues that Russia has to supply modern weapons systems to Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime in Syria in accordance with contracts that have already…


International human rights in retreat, as Iran, al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Russia gain the upper hand

It has been a hard couple of years for advocates of international human rights, and respect for international law of which they form a part….


REPRISE — Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945

REPRISE — Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945 Originally published February 20, 2013   There is nothing inevitable about international…


Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945

There is nothing inevitable about international order. The lessons of two world wars which informed the creation of the United Nations in 1945, and the…


Brennan unclear in confirmation hearing as to whether “waterboarding” constitutes “torture” (with transcript)—The John Brennan File #2

The transcript of John Brennan’s confirmation hearing, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on February 7, 2012, deserves a very close examination by the Senators…


60,000 killed in Syria—REPRISE II: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #91 (January 2, 2013)

Barbarism in a Leaderless World The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights now estimates there have been “59,648 individuals reported killed in Syria between 15…


REPRISE: The U.N. Charter, International Law, and Legal Justifications for Military Intervention in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #90 (December 12, 2012)

This article was first published on September 1, 2012 The situation in Syria (is) unfolding “in front of our eyes”, with the regime deploying fighter…



Morsi’s Coup d’Etat and Rushed Draft Constiution for Egypt (with latest English translation)

What is President Obama doing regarding Egypt that might help avoid a second Islamic dictatorship like the one in Tehran? Background articles by the Trenchant…


REPRISE: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #88 (October 11)

Originally published July 28, 2012 The Opening of the XXX Olympic Games It was a poignant moment, as world leaders gathered in London last night…


Lakhdar Brahimi briefs Security Council; Impasse continues; No new ideas—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #87 (September 25)

Remarks at Media Stakeout Outside Security Council by Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister, September 24, 2012 SC President, Guido Westerwelle (Germany) on Syria – Security…


Muslim rage and the West: The expression of regret for the protected speech of others

“Muslim Rage”, Riots, and Criminal Attacks in Response to the Film Entitled “The Innocence of Muslims” The publication on the Internet of a  “trailer” for…


REPRISE: Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #86 (September 18)

Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us Originally published March 6, 2012 I heard a boy in Syria on…