Syria

  • 16 Sep 2013

    The United Nations Secretary-General has received the report of the UN team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.

  • 15 Sep 2013

    CND has welcomed the US-Russian agreement which maps out the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.

  • 11 Sep 2013

    United Nations experts have presented detailed evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity still being committed by both sides in Syria.

  • 11 Sep 2013

    I vividly recall the first television pictures of the terrible and criminal attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on what has become known as 9/11. I was at the University of Birmingham on 11 September 2001, attending a churches' conference on China. It was hard to take in what was going on, but we were all vaguely aware as we viewed these unfathomable images that the reaction to these events would shape the course of history for years to come; and so it has proved.

  • 11 Sep 2013

    This morning (11 September 2013) President Obama broadcast an address to the US nation (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24043751). It contained no new evidence, information or argument, but continued to maintain that "it is in the national security interests of the United States to respond to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons through a targeted military strike."

  • 11 Sep 2013

    “The English the English the English are best, I wouldn't give tuppence for all of the rest”. It seems that the spirit of Flanders and Swann's 'Song of Patriotic Prejudice' took possession of David Cameron during the G20 meeting in St Petersburg last week. It is a pity he was not capable of sharing its tongue-in-cheek take on national braggadocio.

  • 10 Sep 2013

    The war in Syria is illegal. If a criminal had poisoned someone, our concern would be how to protect the public from future poisonings and how to arrest the criminal and bring him (or her) before a court of law. And civil society needs to be directly involved in the talks. Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the LSE, says that the military action versus diplomacy standoff represents a tired form of geopolitics that misses the humanitarian dimension enshrined in international law.

  • 10 Sep 2013

    The Vatican nuncio to the United Nations has said that a military strike on Syria is unjustified and will create a "humanitarian disaster".

  • 10 Sep 2013

    Forty American faith leaders have signed a letter to all members of Congress opposing US-led military action against Syria.

  • 9 Sep 2013

    A Syrian civil society alliance has opposed US military strikes against the country, saying such action "does not serve the Syrian aspiration for freedom and justice".