Thursday, September 22, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 22, 2016

Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic: The Prospect of a Cease-Fire in Syria Is in Tatters

President Bashar al-Assad told the AP the fighting will likely “drag on,” and airstrikes in rebel-held parts of Aleppo killed dozens.

Here’s what’s happening Thursday in Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with The Associated Press, said the civil war was likely to “drag on” because of outside support for groups opposed to him. Rebel-held parts of Aleppo saw some of the worst bombings after the collapse this week of a nationwide cease-fire. In New York, diplomats from the U.S., Russia, and other countries were set to meet to discuss a possible resumption of the truce. The U.N., which suspended humanitarian deliveries this week after an aid convoy was struck, said it would resume those deliveries.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 22, 2016

As US and Russia fall out, others eye their own Syria goals -- Tim Lister, CNN

Ceasefire made no difference to Syria’s starving civilians -- J├╝rgen Stryjak, DW

'Window closing' on US-Russia deal on Syria -- Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

U.S., Russia Take Syria Battle to New Heights -- Matthew Lee & Bradley Klapper, AP

Russia in Syria: Mission accomplished, and no end in sight -- Roman Goncharenko, DW

Separated by One UN Speech, Netanyahu and Abbas Remain Far Apart -- Jonathan Ferziger and David Wainer, Bloomberg

Libya: Cameron, Sarkozy, and (Obama's) Iraq -- Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

Al Shabaab: A Persistent Threat -- Bennett Seftel, Cipher Brief

North Korea's Bite is About to be as Bad as its Bark -- Euan Graham, War on the Rocks

Barack Obama’s Asia pivot is sinking beneath Pacific waves -- M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

The real danger of Rodrigo Duterte -- Prashanth Parameswaran, The Straits Times

Putin Puts An End To Electoral Politics In Russia -- Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Russia Proves Vote Fraud Can Happen Anywhere -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Choosing the next UN chief is 'intensely political' -- Anke Rasper, DW

A look at the recipients of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' -- Chase Winter, DW


Anonymous said...

This will be a game of who blinks first, will the rebels blink and withdraw needed resources from the Homs salient to come back out to Aleppo and try to relieve pressure??? The SAA and friends definitely seemed to have stacked up some serious assets around Aleppo, for one to retake lost ground, but maybe this time they are really going to turn inside of the encirclement and finally liquidate eastern Aleppo...should be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Anonymous said...

Russian's seem to always run back to autocratic rule and military expansion. Seems to be part of the culture as noted by historians. Russians, it is claimed, have inferiority complex because of lack of defensible borders and invasions/occupations. Putin et al. are just another round of this type of autocratic rule.

No wonder Europe is nervous.

Russia cannot build a road and rail system to meet modern standards and needs. Yet, they have more than enough money to foment provocations, disinformation, and death to those who would not heed Russia's desires.

I walked through Red Square and discussed this with academics from Moscow State U. It looked like they just wanted to crawl into a hole.

Jay Farquharson said...


Anonymous said...

Jay, once again you show that you are the dean of construction worker scholars. No wonder your stuck in the butt of Canada.