Published August 18, 2011
Next Monday’s meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva is another opportunity for the Security Council to act boldly and firmly on the question of human rights atrocities in Syria. Can the Council pull it off?
Published August 10, 2011
Will key U.N. members ever reconsider their posture towards the regime of Syrian president Assad?
Published August 01, 2011
Now that Syria's President Assad has added the U.S. to his regime’s targets, President Obama should state, in the clearest possible way, that it’s time for Assad to leave, and then assertively press other U.N. Security Council members to follow suit.
Published June 10, 2011
Syrian president Bashir Assad has not publicly called his opponents “rats” who should be killed as Qaddafi did, but the Syrian despot’s approach has been no less sinister.
Published May 18, 2011
So far, the Syrian regime’s lack of tolerance for any public dissent has only produced more carnage. Gunning down mourners at funeral processions, in particular, was a sure way to encourage more public protests and provides another sign of the Assad regime’s despair.
Published May 09, 2011
Reform is not in the Hamas vernacular. After violently seizing control of Gaza in 2007, ousting Fatah from the coastal enclave, and openly defying Abbas’ authority, Hamas secured the reconciliation agreement without executing any reform whatsoever. Abbas signed without getting, assuming he requested, from Hamas commitments to recognize Israel and renounce violence.
Published April 01, 2011
Syrians, like their counterparts in other Arab countries, are displaying a new, untapped well of courage. They are willing to step out, shout and protest, even if doing so puts their own lives at risk.
Published March 21, 2011
Whether Qaddafi is apprehended and brought to justice will test the international will to confront the worst human rights abusers.
Published March 11, 2011
In the case of Syria, there is genuine concern that President al-Assad wants his country to be the first Arab nation to develop a nuclear weapon, and he is not allowing the memory of one Israeli attack or the constant queries of world powers to get in the way.
Published February 11, 2011
Two-thirds of Egyptians who are under the age of 30 grew up in a period of peace. Peace has enabled Egyptians to focus on their very real and strong grievances against the Mubarak regime.