"[The Syrian regime] focuses exclusively on a struggle for survival and treats large segments of its population as if they no longer were civilians and citizens but rather enemies to be destroyed at any cost and by all means.”
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"Western doubts about Rouhani’s ability to deliver are matched by Tehran’s skepticism that the U.S. in particular can accept a deal with the Islamic Republic or that President Barack Obama has the political muscle to lift sanctions. Both sides should therefore have the courage to take steps to show their commitment to diplomacy.”
- Ali Vaez, Senior Iran Analyst for Crisis Group, Don’t expect miracles in Iran nuclear talks
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"To acquire real nuclear deterrence, Iran would need a deployable nuclear arsenal, not just enough material for one bomb."
- From Senior Iran Analyst for Crisis Group Ali Vaez’s Iran’s nuclear program: Cause for concern, but not alarm. Read his full commentary here.
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Heed Syria refugee crisis: Column | Lionel Beehner
The aerial footage of the Zaatari camp near Syria’s border with Jordan — row upon dusty row of squat trailers and tents as far as the eye can see, like a desert version of Oz — could become the iconic image of this war, along with photos of children gassed outside Damascus.
While the images of the chemical attacks capture the inhumanity of this conflict, the aerial shots of the camp capture the scale. More than 2 million Syrians have fled the war, half of them children, making it the world’s worst refugee crisis since Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Left unaddressed, the crisis risks destabilizing Syria’s neighbors and disposing any hope of instilling peace and democracy in the region.
FULL ARTICLE (USA Today)
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Fears of insurgency in Egypt as armed attacks increase | Borzou Daragahi
Attacks on security forces and installations in Egypt have raised fears that a low-level insurgency is developing in response to the military’s toppling of the country’s Islamist government and subsequent crackdown on protests.
One police officer was shot dead and three others injured at dawn on Wednesday at a rural checkpoint in the normally placid southern province of Aswan, state media reported.
FULL ARTICLE (Financial Times)
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Can Iran, Victim of Chemical Weapons, Help Fix the Syria Crisis? | Karl Vick
As the U.S. Congress embarks on a testy debate on the merits of punishing the Syrian government for its reported use of chemical weapons, a solution may lie in an unlikely place. Iran’s painful history with chemical weapons — combined with its pivotal position in the Syrian conflict — offers the potential for a diplomatic resolution to a confrontation so far defined almost exclusively in the bloodiest military terms, suggest some analysts who follow Iran closely.
FULL ARTICLE (Time)
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Rohani’s Nuclear Talks Offer Stops Short on Enrichment Demands | Kambiz Foroohar and Ladane Nasseri
Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s offer to participate in nuclear negotiations stops short of halting his nation’s uranium enrichment program as demanded by countries that imposed sanctions crippling its economy.
“We are ready to engage in serious and substantial talks without wasting time,” Rohani said yesterday in his first news conference as president two days after being sworn in.
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Egypt Clashes Kill 9 as Violence Threatens Transition (1) | Alaa Shahine and Maram Mazen
between supporters and opponents of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi killed nine people, as violence following his ouster by the military showed no sign of ebbing.
The deadliest eruption of fighting took place near Cairo University, where six people were killed, state-run television reported, citing the health ministry.
Understanding John Kerry’s Logic | Bernard Avishai
“It’s not an agreement—it’s an agreement to have lengthy negotiations,” writes the dean of Israeli columnists, Nahum Barnea, in Yediot Achronot; and negotiations “have been part of our life for a very long time.” Nathan Thrall, from the International Crisis Group, is even more skeptical. “Kerry, like his predecessors, has concentrated on 1967 issues such as borders and security, showing few signs that he has learned from past failures,” he writes in The New York Review.
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The Arab Spring is just getting started | David Rohde
After the Egyptian army toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the U.S. Congress expressed the sentiment of many in Washington.
“The army is the only stable institution in the country,” he said.
In the Western media, Arab Spring post-mortems proliferated, including a 15-page special report in The Economist that asked, “Has the Arab Spring failed?” The answer: “That view is at best premature, at worst wrong.”
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