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The global peace process begins

Posted by seumasach on May 21, 2013

Cailean Bochanan

21st May, 2013

As the Syrian army continues to reclaim its control over sovereign territory the West faces complete failure and humiliation. Failure because utter hubris has led us into overreach and  humiliation because defeat has exposed the nefarious nature of our engagement with Salafist terrorists and NATO death squads and our complicity with, amongst other things, the ethnic cleansing of Christians, our presumed co-religionaries. All that matters now is that realism prevail and we go into reverse gear. We must end our aggression against Syria and we can do so under the cover of a “peace process” being provide for us by the Russians. This allows us to pose as mediators between a legitimate government which we have tried and failed to overthrow and the armed gangs which we have sponsored to that end. We have been given a lifeline, a chance to repackage ourselves as bringers of peace rather than murder and mayhem. Let us take this opportunity with open arms!

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Russia calls for patience on new Syria conference

Posted by seumasach on May 21, 2013

TEHRAN (FNA)- Moscow did not want to rush into a new international conference on Syria unprepared and risk an embarrassing failure, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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‘US, Turkey, Israel made strategic errors on assessments of Syria situation’

Posted by seumasach on May 21, 2013

Hubris leading to a fall. Now the aggressors have to pick up the peaces of this dreadful mess they’ve got themselves into. They have been exposed as sponsors of Islamic terrorism, apologists for the ethnic cleansing of Christians and bringers of chaos and mayhem in the name of democracy. This is a disgraceful end to the imperial project but all that matters now is that realism should prevail and a global peace process based on a strategic partnership between the US and Russia be initiated. Obama, I think, has understood this but  hardline elements and vested interests fear the consequences of retreat.


An Israeli website has said in an article that the US, Turkey, and Israel had made “strategic errors” on their assessments of the situation in Syria.

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Obama annoys allies over Syria talks

Posted by seumasach on May 19, 2013


Indian Punchline

18th May, 2013

The Turkish prime minister Recep Erdogan’s visit to Washington on Thursday was expected to put pressure on the Obama administration to take a tougher stance against the Syrian regime. Erdogan was quoted as seeking the imposition of a US-led ‘no-fly-zone’ in Syria and increased arms supplies to the rebel fighters. In the event, however, Obama stood his ground and insisted there is no “magic formula” to resolve the crisis. Of course, he couched the rebuff in extravagant diplomatic niceties during the joint press conference in the White House, but it was a rebuff nonetheless.

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Syria endgame approaching fast

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2013

Shamus Cooke


13th May, 2013

The tempo of events in Syria has accelerated in recent weeks. The government forces have scored significant battlefield victories over the rebels, and this has provoked a mixture of war provocations and peace offers from the U.S. and its anti-Assad allies.

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Cameron backs down over Syria

Posted by seumasach on May 11, 2013

We’ve now seen the Syrian national army enjoying some significant success in the last few weeks in taking back rebel-held areas of the country. I think this has produced panic, actually, in Washington, London and Paris, which is why David Cameron has been so keen to fly to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin.”

Well, at least panic in London and Paris, to say nothing of Doha and Riyadh.Yes, this is prudent of Cameron to jump onboard the peace process already initiated by Obama and Putin- better late than never. For appearances he continues to stress “that there was “no secret” that the two sides still had “differing views on how best to handle this situation.”” However, the “Assad must go” mantra which we have heard ad infititum over the last two years is being dropped and governance in Syria is being seen as the prerogative of the Syrian people rather than Washington, Paris and London. It’s good to see the West embracing democracy for a change- Hilary must be turning in her political grave.

Russia, UK both interested in ending Syrian violence – Putin


19th May, 2013

Despite having a different approach to Syria, Russia and UK share an interest in preserving the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Vladimir Putin said after talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in Sochi.

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Saudis, Qatar fire UN torpedo at Syrian peace

Posted by seumasach on May 10, 2013

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Asia Times

10th May, 2013


UNITED NATIONS – It is a popular term at the United Nations. “Multilevel peace process” is used often to refer to complementary efforts in conflict-prevention, and the UN’s history is rich with countless such examples. Yet, somehow, the UN has misdirected its energy in the case of Syria, by entertaining a General Assembly resolution that, if adopted, will likely act as a disservice – call it negative input – with respect to the US-Russian peace conference planned for the end of May.

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Obama reaches out to Putin

Posted by seumasach on May 1, 2013


Indian Punchline

30th April, 2013

The United States President Barack Obama’s second telephone conversation in successive weeks with President Vladimir Putin on Monday underscores the criticality of Russia’s cooperation at the present juncture for Washington on the foreign policy front.

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In wake of Boston, Congress calls for greater security ties with post-Soviet states

Posted by seumasach on April 27, 2013


27th April, 2013

The bombing of the Boston marathon has appeared to whet the appetites of some members of Congress to increase cooperation with post-Soviet governments in taking a strong hand against the threat of Islamist radicals.The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held ahearing on Friday, “Islamist Extremism in Chechnya: A Threat to the U.S. Homeland?” And it provided the opportunity for several members of Congress to tout not just greater security cooperation with Russia vis-a-vis Chechnya, but across the post-Soviet space.

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