International Law

Cyprus: The forgotten occupation

Cyprus: The forgotten occupation

Patrick O. Strickland

Bikyamasr, 12 August 2012

NICOSIA: The sun falls behind the jagged, mountain-peaked horizon, and the sky dissolves from a scarlet stained backdrop to soft, empurpled nighttime. In my native Texas, the lengthy battle between night and day paints a polychromatic scene of carnage across the sky; in Cyprus, the transition is so gradual that one scarcely has time to greet twilight.

The Other Side of the Sanctions

The Other Side of the Sanctions

The Journal of Turkish Weekly

11 August 2012

Iran has been pushed into a corner and is fighting for its life. The safest weapon in its arsenal is an economic strategy; and it is the one point where the United States is vulnerable.

There is no doubt about it. Section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011 is having the intended effect upon Iran.

Unlike previous sanctions, Section 1245 attacks the foundation of the Iranian economy. The provisions of the law seek to stop the sale of crude oil and to block transactions between the Iranian central bank and the rest of the world. About fifty percent of the national budget is funded from the sale of exported crude oil that provides eighty percent of the foreign exchange. "Crude (oil) sales are a trap which we inherited from the years before the (1979 Islamic) Revolution," Khamenei told a gathering of researchers and scientists at the end of July.

With no progress in sight, Turkish Cypriots await UN to declare talks dead

With no progress in sight, Turkish Cypriots await UN to declare talks dead

Todayszaman

12 August 2012

Almost exactly four years after Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders launched talks on reuniting the divided island under the UN auspices, a breakthrough is as unlikely as ever. Frustrated with the lack of settlement and persisting international isolation, the Turkish Cypriot leadership says it may be long overdue for the UN to tell the world the obvious truth that no solution is in sight, so that the Turkish Cypriots can move beyond a limbo they have been stuck in for years.

Syrian Christians caught between two sides

Syrian Christians caught between two sides

Deutsche Welle

7 August 2012

Reports suggest that Syrian Christians are increasingly being targeted for attack by radical Islamists. They're suspected of loyalty to the Assad regime - yet many are actively involved in the uprising.

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

Syria crisis: UN General Assembly to vote on resolution

 

BBC News

3 August 2012

 

The UN General Assembly is due to vote on a resolution that condemns the Security Council for failing to stop the violence in Syria.

The text is not legally binding but is intended to increase pressure on the council to take action.

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Amnesty: 'World did too little too late in Syria'

Deutsche Welle

2 August 2012

 

The Syrian regime's brutality radicalized the opposition and escalated the civil war, says Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International. She spoke to DW after spending several weeks undercover in Aleppo.

DW: Ms. Rovera, in Aleppo and the surrounding area you saw the government abusing power in several different ways. You even saw how the health system could be used as a weapon.

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