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  • Ban Ki-Moon in Jerusalem

    August 19, 2013 | 10:28 am

    The first feature I ever filed for JTA, way back in 2006, was about the cautious optimism greeting the announcement that a soft-spoken career diplomat would replace Kofi Annan at the United Nations.

    At the time, no one outside the rarefied halls of the UN had ever heard of Ban...

  • Lieberman: Annan resignation shows world cannot influence Syria

    August 3, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Kofi Annan’s resignation is a “stark demonstration” of the international community’s failure to influence events in Syria, according to Israel’s foreign minister.

    Avigdor Lieberman made the comments Thursday in Tirana, Albania, according to Israel Army Radio.

    Earlier...

  • July 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 5, 2012 | 4:13 am

    In-depth

    Where Are the Middle East’s Revolutions Heading?

    Der Speigel looks at the state of the Arab world 18 months after a Tunisian protester’s act of self-immolation sparked a wave of revolution across the region.

    The hope that the Arab world would become democratic as quickly...

  • June 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 29, 2012 | 4:28 am

    In-depth
    Forging a peace plan for Syria

    In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Kofi Annan calls on the world to intervene with both sides in the Syria conflict

    There is no substitute for the hard work of helping the Syrians forge their own political future, in full respect of...

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  • Russia says downing of Turkish plane not provocation

    June 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Russia said on Tuesday Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.

    It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft...

  • Russia says Iran crucial to success of Syria meeting

    June 26, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday Iran’s participation was crucial to the success of a meeting on the escalating conflict in Syria planned by U.N.-Arab league peace envoy Kofi Annan in Geneva this weekend.

    Lavrov added that regardless of whether representatives...

  • Time running out for Annan’s Syria peace plan, Britain’s U.N. envoy says

    June 14, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    Britain’s U.N. envoy said on Thursday time was running out for international mediator Kofi Annan’s plan to bring peace to Syria and that the U.N. Security Council needs to take “much tougher action” to enforce the six-point strategy.

    Violence has surged in recent weeks after an...

  • Syrian town deserted, burned after clashes

    June 14, 2012 | 5:43 pm

    The Syrian town of Haffeh was smoldering and nearly deserted on Thursday after days of clashes between government forces and rebels, while activists reported more army assaults on pro-opposition areas across the country.

    United Nations monitors had been trying to enter the town...

  • Syria: More leading from behind

    June 4, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The horrors currently unfolding in Syria offer further proof of what might reasonably be described as Kofi Annan’s law of international relations: Wherever Kofi Annan turns up, bloodshed is sure to follow.

    During and after his scandal-ridden decade as UN secretary-general, Annan...

  • May 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2012 | 3:10 am

    Political Islamism is not to be feared

    All political parties that have emerged in the wake of the Arab Spring will be ‎accountable to their electorates, including the Islamists, writes Marwan Muasher in ‎the Washington Post. ‎

    The field in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia,...

  • Were you surprised to learn that…? The Syria edition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2012 | 7:51 am

    ‎This might be an occasional feature on Rosner’s Domain to which you can all contribute. So ‎here we go:‎
    ‎ ‎
    Were you surprised to learn that “Syrian Forces Widen Attacks as Cease-Fire Unravels”?‎
    ‎ ‎
    Were you surprised to learn that “Russia sends conflicting signals...

  • Call for Friday protests is first test of Syria truce

    April 12, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Syrian opposition activists called mass protests for Friday to test a fragile, day-old ceasefire by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, and international pressure mounted for Damascus to fully comply with a U.N.-backed peace plan.

    Anxious to build on a truce between the armed forces...

  • U.N. chief ‘deplores’ Syria border clashes

    April 9, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he deplores the cross-border shootings from Syria into Turkey and Lebanon ahead of a ceasefire deadline in the yearlong conflict that has pushed Syria to the brink of civil war.

    Turkey said two officials working in a refugee camp...

  • Annan says Syria agrees to April 10 peace deadline

    April 2, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    Syria has pledged to withdraw all military units from towns by April 10 to pave the way for a full ceasefire with rebels two days later, the spokesman for international mediator Kofi Annan said on Monday.

    The U.N.-Arab League peace envoy briefed the U.N. Security Council on the...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • EU slaps sanctions on Assad’s family; mortars hit Homs

    March 23, 2012 | 8:31 am

    The European Union slapped sanctions on the mother, sister and influential wife of President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, increasing pressure on Syria to halt its bloody crackdown against a year-long uprising.

    The trio were among 12 Syrians added to a list of figures already hit with...

  • Groups hope new U.N. Secretary General will be fairer toward Israel than Kofi Annan

    By Ben Harris

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish officials are greeting the selection of Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general with cautious optimism, hopeful that the South Korean foreign minister will use the office to push for fairer treatment of Israel and more equitable application of international human rights...
  • Jewish emergency info card a hit with LAPD; Postcard and dog tag campaign seeks release of Israeli

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish emergency info card a hit With LAPD

    LAPD patrol officers in the San Fernando Valley are now packing a powerful resource small enough to fit into a breast pocket. The Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance has teamed up with Deputy Chief Michael Moore and LAPD chaplain Kenneth...

  • Signs of life

    By Rob Eshman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 6, the day Israel announced it was lifting its air and sea blockade against Lebanon, I sat across a conference table at the Israeli consulate from Karnit Goldwasser, and she was livid.

    "I know Resolution 1701 is starting to be implemented," she said. "That means the last...

  • Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Lawsuit Filed in Granada Hills Jewish Community Center Shooting

    Families of the victims of the 1999 North Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC) shooting in Granada Hills are suing the state of Washington for allegedly failing to supervise the man who committed the crime. The $15...

  • U.S Must Defend U.N. Terror Definition

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Should the United States try to reform the United Nations, or give up on it? Tough choice.

    On the one hand, the United Nations is the only club that every nation can join. It has become the principal source of international law. It embodies humanity's hopes for international...

  • Drive Opens to Free 11 Jews Held in Iran

    By Tom Tugend

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Babak Tehrani was 17 years old in June 1994 when he hugged his parents and two younger brothers, left his home in Tehran and, guided by a well-paid smuggler, tried to slip across the rugged mountains from Iran into Pakistan.

    He was joined by his friend, 20-year-old Shaheen Nikkhoo,...

  • World Briefs

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Settlement in Reburying Case

    The largest funeral company in the United States settled a class-action lawsuit brought by Jewish families in Florida. Service Corporation International agreed to pay $100 million to Jewish families in Broward County in a lawsuit that included...