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U.N. Commission of Inquiry Report on Syria (Doc. A-HRC-23-58); Seizure of al-Qusair; Use of Chemical Weapons by al-Assad

The latest report Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria was released on June 4. 2013. See Human Rights Council, United Nations, “Report of the Independent…


REPRISE: “The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #65 (July 19)

REPRISE: “The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #50 (June 9) First published June 9, 2012 … Responses to events in Syria…


“The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #50 (June 9)

The proceedings of the General Assembly informal meeting on Syria on June 7, and the statements by Security Council representatives made following a closed meeting…


U.N. Human Rights Council adopts June 1 resolution condemning Syria (41-3-2), orders inquiry into Houla (Houleh) massacre (with video links)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #48 (June 5)

Following is the final version of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on the massacre in Syria, adopted on June 1 at an emergency session….


At least 70 killed nationwide; massacre of 50 in Houla; U.N. International Commission on Syria Update—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update # 43 (May 25)

Periodic Update Report by Independent Commission of Inquiry The U.N. appointed Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria published a Periodic Update report on May…


Kofi Annan is not God—Obama’s debacle in Syria — Update #15

Kofi Annan is not God At first sight, it might appear that the international community, including the three Permanent Members of the Security Council that…


Diplomats founder: Military action, not “mediation”, required to halt crimes against humanity—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #1 (February 29, revised March 1)

Revised March 1, 2012 For earlier articles on Syria by The Trenchant Observer, see the Articles on Syria page. Syrian tank firing in Homs “So,…


China gets free ride on Security Council veto; questions for Xi Jinping; Nivi Pillay before General Assembly—Syria Update #5

A curious thing has occurred since both China and Russia vetoed the draft Security Council resolution on Syria on February 4, which was supported by…


Syria: The Human Cost of Delay

An editorial today in The Daily Star (Beirut) reviewed the major developments and factors at play in Syria, including 1) the report of the Arab…


Obama’s New Year’s Resolutions for Foreign Policy in 2012

The Observer has been trying to get inside President Obama’s head for over two years. Recently, he may have succeeded, or had a very strange…