Tag Archives: Syria

Ambassador Robert Ford speaks on diplomacy and current US policy

20 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

At his last diplomatic assignment, Ambassador Ford was US envoy to Syria. He disagreed with his government’s policies and resigned from his post. He’s now in the academic world.

In my July 14, 2016 article fighting Tedros Adhanom’s campaign to become Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), I unsuccessfully used some facts from Ambassador Robert Ford to oppose his candidacy. Therein a reader would find the following:
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Vladimir Putin bids for major world role as his forces move into Syria

27 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Emma Graham-Harrison and Alec Luhn

    Last week satellite images revealed Russia’s military expansion in Syria, with deployments of troops, tanks and warplanes. Now western governments are scrambling to respond to the shift in power in the Middle East

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220 journalists in prison across the world: Ethiopia in top 10 jailors’ list

18 Dec

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Roy Greenslade

More journalists are in jail across the world at present than a year ago. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 220 journalists are in prison, an increase of nine from 2013.
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The Barbarians Within Our Gates, Hisham Melhem – A must read

25 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Hisham Melhem*, See Comments

    Arab civilization has collapsed. It won’t recover in my lifetime.

With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to knowingly enter a quagmire. He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries—Iraq and Syria—whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon. Obama is stepping once again—and with understandably great reluctance—into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down.
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The lesson of downing Malaysian air in Ukraine: Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

20 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Following the downing in eastern Ukraine of Malaysian passenger airlines, Flight 17, which was shot down on July 17 by separatist rebels, the US has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for 14 airspaces around the world, identifying countries by name. The concerned states are:
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Syria ‘submits chemical weapons data’ to Hague watchdog

20 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, says Syria has begun sending details of its arsenal as part of a US-Russia brokered deal to make it safe.
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‘Clear and convincing’ evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria, UN team reports

16 Sep

Head of the chemical weapons team working in Syria Åke Sellström (left), hands over the report on the 21 August 2013 Al-Ghouta massacre to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

A United Nations team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria has found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used in an incident that occurred on 21 August in the Ghouta area on the outskirts of Damascus.
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Syria in a bad corner: The US-Russia pact hits the Assad regime with numbing power of anesthesia

16 Sep

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin   –   The Ethiopia Observatory

After the three-day talks between the United States and the Russian Federation in Geneva culminated in the September 14, 2013 agreement, both Syria and the US are telling the world that they are extremely delighted by its outcome, more importantly by what the parties to the agreement called the Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons.
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