Monthly Archives: August 2013

Supplying arms to Syria or military intervention could make matters worse

Supplying arms to Syria or military intervention could make matters worse Ryan Crocker 23 July 2013 NEW HAVEN: The awful conflict in Syria grinds on, with more than 100,000 dead and no end in sight. The calls to “do something” … Continue reading

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How to Oust Assad

August 28, 2013 SNAPSHOT How to Oust Assad And Why the United States Should Try Michael Weiss MICHAEL WEISS [1]is a columnist at NOW Lebanon and Editor of The Interpreter, a Russian translation and analysis journal. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary … Continue reading

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West Debates Legal Rationale for Syria Strike

August 28, 2013 West Debates Legal Rationale for Syria Strike By STEVEN ERLANGER LONDON — As they move toward military action in Syria, possibly within days and presumably without the backing of a United Nations Security Council resolution, the United … Continue reading

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Russia Leans on Its Neighbors

August 28, 2013 Russia Leans on Its Neighbors By STEPHEN BLANK You may have missed it, but on Aug. 14 Russia fired an economic shot across the bow of Ukraine. On that day, Russia’s customs office ordered intensive checks on … Continue reading

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Choices for the South Caucasus

August 28, 2013 Choices for the South Caucasus By DENIS CORBOY, WILLIAM COURTNEY, RICHARD KAUZLARICH and KENNETH YALOWITZ Five years after the Russian-Georgian war captured world attention, the South Caucasus — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia — continues to face huge challenges. … Continue reading

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Amid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic View

August 28, 2013 Amid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic View By JODI RUDOREN JERUSALEM — The retired men who parse politics on Monday mornings over cappuccino at the Hadar Mall here have watched all manner of war, uprisings and chaos. … Continue reading

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Egypt: A new banana republic?

Egypt: A new banana republic? The military-led removal of Mohamed Morsi belies free and fair elections, rule of law and human rights. The simultaneous trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and the release of Hosni Mubarak reflect the latest round in … Continue reading

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Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims

Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims By BEN HUBBARD, MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER BEIRUT, Lebanon — Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours … Continue reading

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The Ugly American Telegram

August 23, 2013 The Ugly American Telegram By ANDREW J. BACEVICH BOSTON — ON Aug. 24, 1963, the American ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, received a top-secret message with the bureaucratically anodyne title Deptel 243. But the content … Continue reading

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Algerians Look at Egypt, and Recall Their Own Nightmare

Algerians Look at Egypt, and Recall Their Own Nightmare By HANNAH ARMSTRONG The similarities between Egypt’s descent into chaos and the onset of Algeria’s “Black Decade,’’ the 10-year civil war in the 1990s that killed an estimated 100,000 people, are … Continue reading

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