January 22, 2021

Syria: Kofi Annan Says it’s ‘Too Late’ for a Military Intervention

Via 4 News UK: Former UN envoy Kofi Annan criticises the people “far away from Syria” calling for increased military support in the country – as Britain and France pushes to supply rebels with more weapons. Mr Annan was the UN’s Arab League envoy before resigning in August, blaming “finger pointing” at the United Nations […]

Shocker: U.S. Worried About Jihadists Getting Arms in Syria

Via the Guardian: . . .The US state department has publicly admitted it is concerned about Gulf-supplied weapons reaching jihadi groups in Syria. The spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “There are issues here as to where this [foreign supplied weapons] goes and that we need to all work hard to ensure that extremists, jihadists, al-Qaida [and] […]

Shocker: UN’s Peace Plan for Syria Near Collapse

Via Washington Post: A U.N.-brokered peace plan for Syria appeared close to collapse Sunday as the government demanded a written guarantee that the rebels will lay down their arms before authorities withdraw troops from cities and towns. The statement cast serious doubt on hopes that the peace plan — the only initiative backed by Syrian […]

Shocker: Syria Still Killing its People Ahead of UN Visit

Via Voice of America: Syrian forces launched fresh military operations Wednesday in several regions, less than a day before an advance U.N. team is expected to arrive on a peace mission. Activists say heavy shelling has rocked the central city of Homs, the site of massive opposition protests. Rights groups and activists say at least […]

Syria: Searchers Find Boy Alive in House Full of Corpses

Via CNN: Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Over the past month, video has emerged from the Syrian city of Homs showing killings and other atrocities apparently committed by security forces in neighborhoods that have opposed the government. CNN has obtained footage that is among the most disturbing yet — about a dozen family members killed in […]

New York funeral set for reporter killed in Syria

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (AP) — War correspondent Marie Colvin is being laid to rest in the Long Island community of her childhood where she first decided to become a reporter. A funeral is being held Monday at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay for the Sunday Times of London journalist killed while covering […]

In Other News, Killings Continue in Syria

Via New York Times: BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists raised the death toll to 260 in a military assault Saturday on the ravaged central city of Homs, an attack that opposition leaders described as the government’s bloodiest in the nearly 11-month-old uprising. Reports were contradictory, given the difficulty of communications with Homs, and the Syrian […]

Arab League Suspends Syria

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Aaron Goldstein on 11.13.11 @ 1:15AM In a surprise move, the Arab League suspended Syria. The suspension will take effect on November 16th. Back in February, the Arab League suspended Libya which spurred the UN Security Council to approve a no fly zone and NATO into a military intervention […]

Arab League Suspends Syria

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Aaron Goldstein on 11.13.11 @ 1:15AM In a surprise move, the Arab League suspended Syria. The suspension will take effect on November 16th. Back in February, the Arab League suspended Libya which spurred the UN Security Council to approve a no fly zone and NATO into a military intervention […]

Ford Withdrawn From Syria

Print Email Text Size The Spectacle Blog By Aaron Goldstein on 10.24.11 @ 11:44AM Over the weekend, the Obama Administration temporarily pulled its Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, from Damascus amidst reports that his life was in danger. Ford has now returned to the U.S. Back in July, I argued that Ford should have been withdrawn […]