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Assad accepts UN peace plan

March 27, 2012


Kofi Annan,¬† in Syria as a UN representative, has communicated that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has accepted the UN-sponsored peace plan. The plan includes the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from population centres, the release of prisoners, freedom of movement and access for journalists and unimpeded humanitarian assistance. China and Russia have shown their support for […]

Syrian rebels attack Damascus

March 19, 2012


Heavy fighting reached Damascus early this morning, with unofficial reports speaking of 4 casualties from both sides. Open conflict extended to Syria’s capital after car bombs exploded in Damascus on Saturday and Aleppo on Sunday. One of the opposition leaders, Mohammed Sayyed Rassas of the National Coordinating Body for Democratic Change (NCB), was arrested on […]

Syria’s diplomatic isolation grows as more countries withdraw diplomatic staff

March 15, 2012


While the UN estimates more than 8000 dead during the Syrian crisis, Assad’s political isolation grows as Italy and Saudi Arabia withdraw their diplomatic staff from Syria. French foreign minister Juppe and UN representative Kofi Annan have both had peace talks with Assad during the last three days, but have received no answer so far.

Barack Obama and David Cameron in Middle-East talks.

March 14, 2012


As British Prime Minister David Cameron visits US President Barack Obama, the two discussed issues like¬† Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. Military intervention in Syria is still considered unlikely and it is feared it could lead to civil war. As for Iran, the American and British leaders agree that a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions […]

(Neo)Colonial Urges

August 30, 2011


“Italy, wanting colonies to exploit, was herself exploited by them”. I stumbled across this quote by British historian D.M.Smith a few days ago while doing some research on my final year’s dissertation. It made me think how easy it is for governments to end up lured by colonial ventures. Both the old and grandiose imperial […]

The Arab Winter

July 17, 2011


It has been little more than a few months since what many newspapers call ‘The Arab Spring’ started, with Egyptian president Mubarak fleeing Cairo, and yet we read on international news about unrest in those Arab countries where this sort of revolution took place. ‘Arab Spring’ was the name Western news gave to this wave […]