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China defends Syrian regime committing crimes against humanity, blocking Security Council action—Syria Update #2

China and Russia on Saturday vetoed a Security Council resolution supporting the Arab League peace initiative and transition plan in Syria, even after it had…



Monumental miscalculation? Russia’s strategic interests in Syria and its defense of the al-Assad regime

Russia has blocked Security Council resolutions on Syria (e.g., in October, 2011) and has been dragging its heels in the current Security Council debate over…


La Russie défend ses interêts stratégiques du XIXème siècle en Syrie, aveugle au XXIème

Armin Arefi, “Syrie : pourquoi la Russie bloque l’ONU,” Le Point, le 31 janvier, 2012 Pierre Avril, “Pourquoi Moscou protège son allié Assad,” Le Figaro,…


Obama’s foreign policy juggernaut, including Tom Donilon, and the risks of hubris (updated)

jug[ger[naut  n.  (altered < Hindi Jagannath < Sans Jagannatha, lord of the world < jagat, world + natha, lord) 1 an incarnation of the Hindu…


Qatar’s leader suggests sending troops to Syria

The Financial Times reported today, Arab troops should be sent to end the bloodshed in the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Qatar’s ruler has…


Syria — And the Shame of the World

(Developing) Bashar Al-Assad is pursuing the Libyan solution to civilian demonstrations–turn your tanks and your weapons on the demonstrators, and kill as many of them…