Syrian Rebel Infighting Undermines Anti-Assad Effort
By ANNE BARNARD and HWAIDA SAAD
Published: July 12, 2013
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Competing rebel factions in Syria are increasingly attacking each other in a series of killings, kidnappings and beheadings, undermining the already struggling effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
The open hostilities could no longer be contained Friday, when a Western-aligned group, the Free Syrian Army, demanded that a Qaeda-linked rebel faction, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham, turn over the suspected killers of a prominent commander who was shot dead on Thursday. Commanders with the Free Syrian Army warned that the broader movement against Mr. Assad was being threatened by the conflict between itself and the Islamic State.
NGOs in Russia refuse ‘agents’ label
Russia’s law on non-governmental organizations which was passed last year has taken a toll on NGOs: They were prosecuted, received hefty fines; some of them were shut down. But they refuse to give up.
Thirteen years of “Golos” (Voice)’s history came to an end on June 26, 2013. That’s when Russia’s justice ministry banned the renowned election watchdog for six months, because the NGO refused to register as a “foreign agent.” A new law which was passed by the Russian parliament on July 13, 2012 makes registration mandatory – it came into effect in November.
On that very same day, the organization, which documented numerous violations during recent parliamentary and presidential elections, decided to dissolve. It’s the first and so far only time that a nongovernmental organization essentially closed down because of the controversial law.
Girl Rising: Mahala Fires Up a New Generation
For Diya, the rebellion began in India on the day she sat at the police station, a shy 13-year-old girl, and was able to find words for the unspeakable: “He did something bad to me.” She chose not to be silent though the man had said: “If you tell on me, I will kill your brother.” She chose to testify.
From patriot to pariah
More Americans believe Snowden is a whistleblower than a traitor – a mood that might win the day.
Third of CAR population in urgent need of help: UN, EU say
A third of the population of the Central African Republic is “in urgent need of help,” a joint United Nations and European Union mission found Friday.
Chinese firms in Myanmar attempt to fix image problem
China is piloting a strategy more commonly used by Western corporations: corporate social responsibility.
Hence last week’s rollout of new guidelines to be followed by Chinese firms doing business here in Myanmar (Burma), a country that until recently had been viewed by many as a Chinese client state.
The move speaks to China’s image problem not only in Myanmar, but in many of the Asian and African countries where it operates copper mines, dams, and oil fields amid complaints of safety violations and environmental damage.
Gao Mingbo, the social media-savvy head of the political section at the Chinese Embassy here inYangon, sees the Myanmar effort – which is now a staple of US corporate strategy in the developing world – as a “pilot” exercise for how Chinese companies should be doing business abroad.