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The spiritual dimension: Muslims find refuge, shared sense of humanity, in Christian church in Gaza

Among the terror and warfare that seem to increasingly claim the world’s attention, we often lose sight of the deep religious values and sense of…


Obama’s distorted relationship with the truth: Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria

(developing story) See Isabelle Lasserre, “Washington tergiverse face aux armes chimiques d’Assad,” Le Figaro, 23 avril 2013 (mis à jour le 24/04/2013 à 16:13). President…



Smart drones, the goal of peace, and the future of mankind

In an Op-Ed piece by Bill Keller published in the New York Times on March 16, 2013, Keller describes the high probability that “smart drones”…





Strategy of Assassination: Israel’s “targeted prevention” operations including its admitted assassination of PLO’s Abu Dschihad in 1988

Shristoph Sydow has published an important report, based on Israeli sources, of the policy of assassination Israel has followed going gack at least to the…



Continuing massacres in Syria, at Daraya and elsewhere; legal justification for military intervention — Obama’s Debacle in Syria —Update #78 (August 26)

Anxiety over the risks of a regional conflagration deepened further as it became clear that the violence in Syria was intensifying, with more civilians killed….



Passivity in the Face of Terror in Syria, Threats of War in Iran — Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #2 (March 3, 2012)

For earlier articles on Syria by The Trenchant Observer, see the Articles on Syria page. A Hard Truth:  Obama is a Weak Leader on Foreign…




REPRISE: Syria and the Shame of the World

Originally published August 20, 2011 Bashar Al-Assad is pursuing the Libyan solution to civilian demonstrations–turn your tanks and your weapons on the demonstrators, and kill…


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…


International Law and the Use of Force: Drones and Real Anarchy Unleashed Upon the World

Recently a number of articles have been published that are of particular interest with respect to the development and use of drones. See William Wan…


UPDATE: Anwar al-Aulaqi: Targeted Killings, Self-Defense, and War Crimes

UPDATE The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed suit against the Treasury Department for rules that require them to…