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Iran fighting to control the message

Iran fighting to control the message Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

New York Times journalist Rick Gladstone has reported on a rare act of defiance from Iran's internal media, stemming from an all-too-familiar crackdown on the messages that media officials disseminate. Iran's main government-run newspaper was published Tuesday without a front-page headlin

Worsening Middle East instability

Worsening Middle East instability Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Middle East, Syria, Updates    

This Update provides analysis of the increasingly "Arab Spring" instability which seems to be developing across the Middle East - in Egypt, Syria and Jordan. First up are Washington Institute experts David Schenker and Eric Trager on the background and implications to the re-ignition of

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Assad loses the Arab League/ Iran's Nukes again

Assad loses the Arab League/ Iran's Nukes again Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update features two pieces on the worsening international position of Syria's Assad regime, in the wake of Syria's suspension by the Arab League, a call by Jordan's King Abdullah for Assad to step down, and new European sanctions. All this occurred as the killing went o

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria

AIJAC UPDATE - The political and moral costs of the failure to sanction Syria Categories: Europe, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Today's Update looks at Syria, Iran and Turkey against the backdrop of the veto by China and Russia of sanctions by the UN Security Council against the Assad regime in Damascus for its ongoing violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The resolution was supported by nine members but, sig

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Flotilla Wanted

Flotilla Wanted Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

The Syrian situation continues to simmer along, although it seems to be slipping out of the headlines..... A story that got almost no coverage but should have was the theme of the protests for last Friday - to call "for foreign protection" of Syrian civilians... This followed an appeal from the le

Is Iran abandoning Assad?

Is Iran abandoning Assad? Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Is Iran starting to pull back from Syria's Assad regime, its closest ally, as the unrest and bloodshed in Syria continues? Ostensibly, there are some signs that Teheran is, at least verbally, starting to create a bit of distance from Damascus. Firstly, Iran's Foreign Minister publicly suggested Sy

 Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs

Fears for Libya and Syria’s WMDs Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Both Libya and Syria have large arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and with the demise of Gaddaffi's regime and possibily the Assad regime, there are concerns that the WMDs could get into the wrong hands - with catastrophic results. According to Ynet, most of Libya's chemical weapons ar

Five Things to Do to Topple Assad

Five Things to Do to Topple Assad Categories: Middle East, Syria, United States     Author: David Schenker

On Aug. 18, US President Barack Obama issued a long overdue statement calling for regime change in Syria, declaring that the "time has come for President Bashar Assad to step aside." But will that call to action amount to anything in practice? The gestures that Obama has made, including ending the U

Editorial: The Road to Damascus Categories: Iran, Libya, Syria     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Libyan regime is imploding, as rebels opposed to Muammar Gaddafi have now taken control of most of the Libyan capital. It is immensely inspiring to witness this triumph of the Libyan majority over a particularly ruthless, totalitarian and bloody dictator, achieved against great odds and at a ter

Is the violence in Syria finally ending?

Is the violence in Syria finally ending? Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

According to a breaking news report by Reuters, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has informed the UN Secretary-General that police and military operations have stopped in Syria, implying that the violence that has been rocking the country may be over. In a phone call with Assad on Wednesday, Ban "e

Assad’s survival plan explained Categories: Syria, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Over the weekend in Syria, the regime was reportedly shooting people as they exited mosques after prayers near Damascus, and even used the navy to shell the port of Latakia, killing 21 people ...Explaining why Assad is continuing to escalate the violence against his own people, noted American foreig

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws?

Syrian Dictator clutching at straws? Categories: Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As a post on the blog Harry's Place notes, with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running out of things to blame his current predicament on, he appears to be ramping-up violence to compensate. This is characterised by yet another watershed moment in the ongoing turmoil - Assad she

Syrian situation continues to escalate

Syrian situation continues to escalate Categories: Syria, Updates    

The situation in Syria continues to worsen with violent government efforts to suppress protests continuing in Hama, Dor El-Zoir, and other towns and increasingly blunt denunciations of the Damascus regime coming from many quarters, including tough remarks from Saudi

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