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November 23, 2012

Palestinian killed by Israeli soldier, testing strength of ceasefire

  • wednesday The escalating and bloody eight-day battle in Gaza was mercifully diffused by the announcement of a ceasefire agreement, brokered in large part by Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi.
  • friday Just two days later, and further bloodshed: a group of Palestinians intending to pray near Gaza’s eastern border reportedly threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, prompting gunfire in response. One man, identified as Ahmad Qudih, was shot and killed — the first major test of the ceasefire’s strength, in the face of much the same tense and perilous environment that preceded it. source
15:05 // 1 year ago
April 9, 2012
The Syrian regime does not understand compromise. Its ethos is ‘rule or die.’ Therefore, Syria will continue its inexorable slide into full-scale civil war, especially since the chance for effective foreign intervention to stop the bloodletting is also zero.
Middle East expert Augustus Richard Norton of Boston University • Referring to a planned ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces, scheduled to begin on April 10, which is unlikely to ever become a reality. On Sunday, President Bashar al-Assad  demanded that opposition groups provide written guarantees that they would lay down arms first, a demand that was promptly rejected by rebels. In the final hours before the ceasefire was to begin, government forces began shelling cities and towns across the country, killing well over 100 people, and leaving little doubt that the fighting will continue. The fighting also spilled over into neighboring Turkey, where two refugees and a Turkish translator were wounded by stray gunfire.  source (viafollow)
17:04 // 2 years ago
April 10, 2011
The brother leader’s delegation has accepted the roadmap as presented by us. We have to give cease-fire a chance.
South African President Jacob Zuma • Pushing to get folks to back a peace plan that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has agreed to. The plan, which could lead to a cease-fire, may be just what Libya needed. Now we’re sure Zuma, representing the African Union, probably has a better handle on Gaddafi than most, but we’re going to say that this probably isn’t going to be particularly effective. And Zuma has a history of backing a soft-pedal approach to leaders that probably don’t deserve it. Robert Mugabe for starters. We’re sure Morgan Tsvangirai feels pretty good about Zuma’s help in that situation right now. source (viafollow)
20:34 // 3 years ago
April 1, 2011

The necessary concessions are laid out: Protests against Muammar Gaddafi must continue safely, as must a process to replace the longtime dictator be agreed upon, if the Libyan rebellion is to halt its fight. The offer has already been rejected by the Gaddafi government, but this does have interesting implications for the reported mounting defections. The more the rebellion strikes the pose of a unified front with organized leadership and goals, as they have here, it may turn up the pressure on officials mulling whether they can ride this out or not. Also, it’s heartening from a foreign relations standpoint to see a few American flags in that crowd at the end. source

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23:12 // 3 years ago