December 19, 2012

Syria Intervention Risks Regional War

Seumas Milne, The Guardian

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The west's bid to ramp up the war in Syria will simply escalate the killing. Only negotiation can stop the conflict spreading.

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December 14, 2012
U.S. Tries to Keep Islamists Out in Syria
Paul Rogers, The Guardian
The pace of the conflict in Syria is accelerating. A series of military and political developments – reports that Bashar al-Assad's regime has fired Scud missiles at rebel-held areas, the encroachment of violence ever nearer... more ››
December 14, 2012
Assad's Playbook Is Now Empty
Robin Wright, The Atlantic
The Assad dynasty, which has ruled the most strategic chunk of land in the Arab world for more than 40 years, may now face insurmountable odds. The three fundamental rules in a dictator's playbook of power have changed ... more ››
December 14, 2012
Russia's Syria Debacle
Simon Shuster, Time
On the night of Nov. 29, a dozen Syrian opposition figures gathered at a student eatery in Moscow called Picasso, a cheap dive on the campus of the University of People’s Friendship whose walls are decorated with a mashup of... more ››
More than half a million Syrians have been counted by the UNHCR as seeking shelter from Syria’s brutal civil war in neighbouring countries, and a similar number have probably quietly moved and found work in other countries... more ››
December 15, 2012
Assad's Wobbly, Time to Push
Chicago Tribune
We're happy to report that it has been a bad week for Syrian President Bashar Assad. His grip on power grows more slippery by the day. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the head of NATO, said Thursday that Assad's government is "approaching... more ››