INTERNATIONAL. Syria is clearly in a state of internal crisis. Facebook-organized protests were quickly stamped out in early February, but by mid-March, a faceless opposition had emerged from the flashpoint city of Daraa in Syria’s largely conservative Sunni southwest.
From Daraa, demonstrations spread to the Kurdish northeast, the coastal Latakia area, urban Sunni strongholds in Hama and Homs and to Aleppo and the suburbs of Damascus. Feeling overwhelmed, the regime experimented with rhetoric on reforms while relying on much more familiar iron-fist methods in cracking down, arresting hund
INTERNATIONAL. Washington suggested it could support Iran's participation if it explicitly declares its support for a June 2012 plan for a political transition that the United States says means Assad would have to step down.
INTERNATIONAL. As U.S. officials tried to avert a collapse of talks due to begin on Jan. 22, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he and his Syrian counterpart had agreed a unified position.
UAE. The passage of the draft Law through the FNC (which is an elected form of Parliamentary advisory body) is a key stage in the legislative process and it brings the draft Law one step closer to being enacted.
INTERNATIONAL. New Atlantic Council issue brief contends that the US has repeatedly failed to realize its goal of a political transition in Syria because of its narrow focus on summits and high-level diplomacy as the sole means of ending the conflict.
INTERNATIONAL. Syria will miss a major deadline next week in the program to destroy its chemical weapons production facilities, sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said.
INTERNATIONAL. A catastrophic disaster can - and will - happen again if the lessons of Macondo and other similar incidents are not learned and shared routinely; Change required to prevent future disasters, industry warned.
INTERNATIONAL. The Energy Information Agency has predicted that natural gas production in the US will continue to grow at an impressive pace. Right now output is close to 70 billion cubic feet a day and is expected to reach over 100 billion cubic feet per day by 2040.