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September 11, 2013

guardian

Assad's palace: an empty, echoing monument to dictator decor

"Designed by celebrated architect Kenzō Tange, what does the Syrian presidential palace say about the Assad regime?You can learn a lot about a dictator from their domestic decor. Saddam Hussein had a thing for gold loos and erotic fantasy murals. Blonde beefcakes wrestled with serpents while..."


Barack Obama addresses the US on Syria – video

Barack Obama addresses the US on Syria – video

Obama veers to diplomatic path on Syria chemical weapons impasse

Barack Obama address on Syria weapons plan – as it happened

US, Russia clash over terms of deal on Syria chemical weapons – live updates

independent

Obama gives Assad a chance of diplomatic solution – but insists America must bear the burdens of leadership if it fails

"President Barack Obama told the American public last night that he had asked the US Congress to pause before voting on whether to back military strikes against Syria to allow the United States, Britain and France time to seek a United Nations path towards forcing the regime in Damascus to give..."


How Assad chose his killing fields: The greatest threat to the Syrian leader lies on his doorstep – in the district of Ghouta which was targeted by his chemical weapons

france 24

new: SYRIA: Syrian rebels to retreat from Christian town of Maaloula

SYRIA: Syrian rebels to retreat from Christian town of Maaloula

new: EU urges swift Syrian action on weapons plan

"European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday said "a strong response" was needed to the use of chemical weapons and urged Damascus "without delay" to show readiness to destroy them.Delivering his annual "state of the union" speech before the European Parliament, Barroso said..."


new: China backs Syria pledge to renounce chemical arms

new: France 'still ready to punish Syria': Hollande

SYRIA: Reprieve from Syria strikes brings relief in Damascus

washington post

Kerry, Lavrov to meet on Russian proposal after Russia balks at plan for U.N. action

"UNITED NATIONS — Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, agreed to meet in Geneva on Thursday to discuss a Russian proposal for international monitoring and eventual destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, after a day of rapid-fire ex­changes threatened..."


slate

In National Address, Obama Asks Congress To Delay Syria Vote

In National Address, Obama Asks Congress To Delay Syria Vote

"In a national address on Tuesday night, President Obama asked Congress to postpone its vote on a resolution approving military strikes in Syria to see if a diplomatic solution could be reached, saying the recent diplomatic initiative "has the potential to remove the threat of chemical..."


Slatest PM: Obama Taps Kerry to Try to Close the Deal With Russia

foreign policy

The Wrong Way to Be Right - By Micah Zenko

Step Up in Syria, Mr. President - By Fuad Siniora

Pick a Card, Any Card - By Jeffrey Lewis

Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria? - By Aaron David Miller

Morning Brief: Seeking Approval for Syria Strike, Obama To Launch PR Blitz

"Seeking Approval for Syria Strike, Obama To Launch PR Blitz Top News: With Congress back in Washington, the Obama administration will launch an all-out lobbying blitz this week to secure congressional support for a military intervention in Syria, a proposal that has at best tepid support..."


voice of america

new: UN: Human Rights Violators Acting with Impunity in Syria

UN: Human Rights Violators Acting with Impunity in Syria

"United Nations investigators say human rights violations are continuing in Syria, with massacres being carried out by government and opposition fighters who do not fear accountability. A new report released Wednesday by the U.N. commission of inquiry on Syria describes "relentless shelling..."


Obama Makes Case for Syria Strike, While Backing Diplomacy

Obama Makes Case for Military Strike on Syria

OBAMA SOUNDBITE 4

OBAMA SYRIA SOUNDBITE 2

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abc.net.au

Your say: Barack Obama outlines reasons for military action against Syrian regime

Russia plan on Syrian chemical weapons was no accident, US official says

Russia plan on Syrian chemical weapons was no accident, US official says

"The US hits back against sneers it accidentally stumbled on a way to avert military strikes on Syria, saying ideas for securing chemical weapons had been percolating for months.US officials appeared to have been caught by surprise yesterday when secretary of state John Kerry floated the idea..."


yahoo news

Oil drops to near $107 a barrel after Obama speech

Impromptu or scripted, Syria plan lets Russia play the peacemaker

"By Timothy Heritage and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - If it really was just an offhand remark by the U.S. secretary of state that gave Russia the chance to play peacemaker in the Syrian conflict, Moscow is certainly not letting on. Instead it is presenting this week's proposal..."


Russia chemical arms plan upends Syria showdown

Russia chemical arms plan upends Syria showdown

google news

new: Inside Syria reaction to President Obama's speech - BBC News

"BBC NewsInside Syria reaction to President Obama's speechBBC NewsPresident Obama says he will use diplomacy to remove Syria's chemical weapons. However, he warned that the United States must be prepared to take military action if diplomatic efforts fail. There are still sharp international..."


new: UN confirms 8 massacres by Assad regime, supporters in Syria, 1 by rebels - CTV News

new: Rights group's report offers compelling evidence of Syria chemical attack - CBS News

Obama has a face-saving chance to step back from bombing Syria. He should ... - National Post

The Basics of the Debate on Syria - New York Times

syria deeply

How Easy Will It Be for Syria to Hand Over Its Chemical Weapons Arsenal?

"Bashar al-Assad has agreed to a Russian proposal to hand over his stockpile of chemical weapons.The move comes on the same day that President Barack Obama will give an address on the potential for U.S. involvement in Syria. We asked Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow with the Arleigh A. Burke..."


The Interview: Fred Hof

Refugees in Lebanon Find Shelter Where They Can

In Homs, Rebels and Civilians Forge New Bonds

The Hangout: Landis on Alawites, U.S. Strike, and Making Syria Whole Again

فرانس 24

جديد: الاسد يحتفل بعيد ميلاده بعد ابتعاد شبح الضربة العسكرية عن نظامه

الاسد يحتفل بعيد ميلاده بعد ابتعاد شبح الضربة العسكرية عن نظامه

"دمشق, (ا ف ب) - يحتفل الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد الاربعاء بعيد ميلاده بعد ابتعاد شبح الضربة العسكرية التي كانت الولايات المتحدة وفرنسا تنوي توجيهها الى نظامه، اثر اتهامه بتنفيذ هجوم كيميائي في ريف دمشق.ودعا موالون للنظام السوري سكان دمشق للتعبير عن دعمهم للاسد والمشاركة بمسيرة بالسيارات تنطلق من مدينة الجلاء الرياضية الواقعة..."


جديد: مقاتلو المعارضة السورية ما يزالون في معلولا

جديد: باريس تبقى مستعدة لمعاقبة "النظام السوري على استخدام اسلحة كيميائية"

google

جديد: الأمم المتحدة: قوات الحكومة السورية والمعارضة ارتكبت جرائم حرب - دار الحياة

"دار الحياةالأمم المتحدة: قوات الحكومة السورية والمعارضة ارتكبت جرائم حربدار الحياةقال محققو الأمم المتحدة إن قوات الحكومة السورية قتلت مدنيين وقصفت مستشفيات وارتكبت جرائم حرب أخرى، أثناء قيامها بهجمات واسعة النطاق لاستعادة أراض في الشهور القليلة الماضية. وذكر المحققون في أحدث تقرير لهم عن الفترة ما بين 15 أيار/مايو و15 تموز/يوليو،..."


جديد: آبل تقدم آيفون 5C و5S.. قمة التطور وغنى الألوان - سي ان ان العربية

فرنسا: سنقدم مشروع في شأن سورية لمجلس الأمن بموجب الفصل السابع - دار الحياة

صبحي حديدي

أبراج عاجية من أجل سورية

"يُقال ـ ليس دون وجه حقّ، وليس بمعزل عن تجارب الواقع، وبراهين مقترنة بوقائع حاسمة فاصلة ـ إنّ من الحكمة ابتعاد الفلسفات الكبرى، وكبار ممثّليها استطراداً، عن التفلسف حول قضايا سياسية واضحة؛ خاصة تلك التي تنطوي على مزيج من أقصى المآسي وأقصى الآمال، كما في الانتفاضات الشعبية ضدّ أنظمة الاستبداد والفساد، ونماذجها العربية الراهنة..."


زمان الوصل

جديد: تقرير حقوقي: قوات الأسد قتلت 10 آلاف طفل وحرمت 150 ألفا من المدارس

"كشفت الشبكة السورية لحقوق الإنسان أن عدد الأطفال الذين قتلوا في سوريا على يد قوات النظام تجاوز 10 آلاف طفل بينهم 2305 أطفال دون سن العاشرة، بينهم 87 طفلا قتلوا تحت التعذيب، وهم موثقون بالاسم والتاريخ و الصورة و الفيديو.وقالت الشبكة في تقرير حديث لها إن هؤلاء الأطفال محرمون من التعليم وتوقفوا عن سنوات الدراسة مع مالايقل عن 150 ألف..."


جديد: لعبة القط والفأر بين بوتين وأوباما .. غازي العدلان

جديد: واشنطن: لن نتنظر طويلا للاطلاع على الاقتراح الروسي حول كيماوي الأسد

جديد: بوتين: فرض رقابة على الكيميائي السوري مرتبط بتخلي واشنطن عن العملية العسكرية

جديد: لعبة جديدة أمريكة روسية على الشعب السوري ... محمد يحيى الشقفة

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