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Moscow pledges to block UN over foreign intervention in Syria. Russia has made clear that it will block UN support for foreign military intervention in Syria, scotching slim hopes that the massacre of more than 100 people at Houla would break the impasse in the international response to ongoing violence.

Moscow pledges to block UN over foreign intervention in Syria

Moscow's crucial support for Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has not changed after confirmation from a UN human rights body that 108 people, including 49 children under 10, were killed in the weekend incident near Homs, mostly in summary killings by the feared Shabiha militia, linked to the Assad regime. Gennady Gatilov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, said: "We have always said that we are categorically against any intervention in the Syrian conflict from the outside, as this would only worsen the situation and would lead to unpredictable consequences both for Syria itself and the region on the whole.

" In another atrocity the bodies of 13 men were found near Deir al-Zor. Annan described Syria as being at a tipping point. Syrians should beware of some of their foreign 'friends' The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, meets with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Tunis during the Friends of Syria conference.

Syrians should beware of some of their foreign 'friends'

Photograph: Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images From Monday no one will be tortured in Syria. The state will guarantee personal freedom for its citizens and preserve their dignity and security. People's homes will be inviolable. On intervention in Syria. Intervention in Syria will escalate, not stop the killing. Finish Him - By Daniel Byman. As world leaders huddle at the United Nations to debate whether to demand Bashar al-Assad's ouster, the smart money is already betting that his time is short.

Finish Him - By Daniel Byman

The president of Syria is a "dead man walking," according to one U.S. diplomat, a view shared by Israel's military and predicted by a surveyed group of foreign policy experts. Reports of Assad's death, however, appear greatly exaggerated. The Syrian president has survived almost a year of demonstrations and growing violence, and if not pushed by outside actors he may yet cling to power. It's easy to see why many think Assad's time might be up.

On Syria. In the corner of many Twitter avatars is a small Syrian flag.

On Syria

This Time, Assad Has Overreached - Room for Debate. Rime Allaf, a Syrian writer, is an associate fellow at Chatham House in London.

This Time, Assad Has Overreached - Room for Debate

She is on Twitter as @rallaf. Syrians are approaching the first anniversary of one of the most unexpected implosions of people power and psychological liberations the region has seen. But they have yet to experience the exhilaration of watching a dictator flee the country or be forced to resign. The case against military intervention in Syria. Princeton, NJ - Looking back to 2011, the effect of the Arab Spring is still lingering.

The case against military intervention in Syria

People have risen in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Syria and initiated a worldwide quest for political rights and social justice. Syria: Nato must help us! While travelling secretly through Syria, Wolfgang Bauer met with rebel leaders in the city of Homs and witnessed the brutality of a regime waging war against its own people.

Syria: Nato must help us!

Aktualisiert 31. August 2011 17:41 Uhr Speichern Drucken Twitter Facebook Google + Imperialism, despotism, and democracy in Syria. New York, NY - In the context of the US invasion of the Gulf in 1991, British academic Fred Halliday announced his new right-wing affiliations in the British newspaper the New Statesman by declaring: "If I have to choose between imperialism and fascism, I choose imperialism.

Imperialism, despotism, and democracy in Syria

" It never occurred to Halliday that he could have opposed both and supported home-grown democratic struggles instead. This was indeed a watershed moment for Arab, American, and European anti-imperialist leftists who would become turncoats, moving from a principled opposition to imperialism to a principled and financially more rewarding support of it. On Massad: The Failure of the Anti-Imperialist Intellectuals. I just read Massad's new post, "Imperialism, despotism, and democracy in Syria and my initial reaction is that it is out of touch with what is happening in the country.

On Massad: The Failure of the Anti-Imperialist Intellectuals

There are good ways to overthrow a dictator and there are bad ways, he seems to say. The bad way is to ask for the West for help, the good way is, well, unclear. Massad tells us that a good anti-imperialist would oppose the dictator AND the West, which is pretty straightforward, but he doesn't tell us how that is going to help the people of Syria, or how he proposes that they get rid of Assad. Where he refers to the "hijacking" of the Syrian revolution, does that mean it is any less deserving of support in light of the repression that it faces?

Or are we to chastise the Syrian people for not being good anti-imperialists and insisting that they be massacred without asking for help - from the devil if need be. Finally, Massad wonders why the Yemeni and Bahraini oppositions did not ask for Western intervention. Why foreign intervention is not welcome in Syria. "Syria’s Opposition Must Find a Different Way,” By Ehsani. Syria’s Opposition Must Find a Different Way By Ehsani for Syria Comment February 10, 2012 As the death toll mounts on the streets in Syria, it is important to remember how we got here.

"Syria’s Opposition Must Find a Different Way,” By Ehsani

Damascus has decided to reassert control over its restive cities by using the full might of its military. This should not come as a surprise to observers and policy makers.