kofi Annan talks tough to Syria’s Assad

International envoy Kofi Annan on Saturday criticized President Bashar al-Assad for failing to comply with a peace plan to end the Syria conflict and said his forces were carrying out atrocities, arbitrary arrests and other abuses regardless of the world outcry against him.

Arab League chief requests U.N. action against Syria

The head of the Arab League has asked the U.N. Security Council to boost the size of a U.N. mission in Syria and give it expanded powers to protect people following a surge in violence there, according to a letter leaked to media outlets on Friday. Images of the bloodied bodies of children and others […]

A Syrian Journalist talks about Houla, Assad

More civilians have been killed in Syria in the last year than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. As a journalism producer and publisher, most recently of Razistan, an outlet on the Afghan war and its people, I have quietly worked to develop a similar publication on Syria’s increasingly savage revolution.

Russia backs Syria amid global condemnation

Russia continued to fly in the face of international opinion on Syria, voting against the U.N.’s top human rights body’s harsh condemnation of Damascus on Friday for the massacre last week of more than 100 civilians.

Russia, China pressured on Syria from all sides

With hopes of changing Moscow’s stance on Damascus, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Russia’s relationship with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is going to make the violence in Syria worse. “[The Russians] are telling me they don’t want to see a civil war. I have been telling them their policy is going to […]

Military action in Syria demands unity: Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that every day of slaughter in Syria is strengthening the case for tougher international action, yet stressed that military intervention would require support from the world community and Syria’s ally Russia.

Syria’s FSA chief urges Annan to declare peace plan failed

Beirut, Lebanon – Syria’s main rebel commander urged Kofi Annan on Thursday to announce that his peace plan has failed in order to free insurgents from any commitment to a truce deal, which the United States said may collapse and trigger a wider Middle East crisis. Colonel Riad al-Asaad, who is based in Turkey,

Syrian rebels issue government a cease-fire deadline

Syrian opposition fighters issued the government a Friday afternoon deadline to cease fire, pull out troops from residential areas and allow humanitarian aid. The Free Syrian Army, which mainly comprises of military defectors, did not say what will happen if the government fails to comply.