13/06/2012 Article

Syria Alternatives (II): No Homegrown Solutions

Where now for Syria, and what role for the UN?

/ Radwan Mortada

Tags: Middle East, Syria, United Nations

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Originally posted on Al-Akhbar English, 13 June 2012 Opposition leaders inside Syria are increasingly at odds with exile groups over the future course of the

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24/04/2012 Article

Damascus: The Protocols of Annan’s Plan

Damascus and its interpretation of Kofi Annan’s peace plan

/ Nicolas Nassif

Tags: Diplomacy, Middle East, Syria, United Nations

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Originally posted on Al-Akhbar English, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 According to close observers, Damascus’ response to the peace plan proposed by the UN-Arab League Special

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09/03/2012 Article

Syria: Straining Credulity?

The UN Secretary General said he had received "grisly reports" of execution and torture from Syria. Did he really believe this; or was he just “saying it”?

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Middle East, Obama administration, Political Islam, Syria, United Nations

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Article posted on Asia Times Online, 09 March 2012 The UN Secretary General was reported on March 3 saying that he had received “grisly reports”

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03/02/2012 Article

UN Shenanigans on Syria

Attempts are being made to circumscribe discussion limiting it solely to proposals from the Arab League Secretary General and al-Thani whose explicit agenda is regime change.

/ Aisling Byrne

Tags: Democracy, Middle East, Syria, United Nations

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Article originally posted on Asia Times, 03 February 2012 “Viscous nasty business” … “aggressive pressure … by US diplomats”, “ferocious pressure on weaker non-permanent members”,

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29/06/2010 Article

Iran and the end of Deference

The dismissive brushing aside of the results of those who had successful engaged Iran -Turkey and Brazil - leaves little on which to build. It leaves bitterness and mistrust on all sides.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Iran, United Nations

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Article posted on Middle East Channel, foreignpolicy.com, June 2010 The additional sanctions which the Security Council imposed on Iran earlier this month, and the additional

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