Do we, don’t we? UN stalls on whether to include extremists in Syria ceasefire (Maria Dubovikova, Al Arabiya)

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has been paralyzed by vetoes. Manipulated by phobias and mistrust, member countries have lost the ability to listen and debate on the problems the international community faces. This has turned the Security Council into a battlefield of verbose aggressive skirmishes serving the national interests of the countries involved, mutual accusations and veto games.

International agreements on Syria will prove worthless (Maria Dubovikova, Al Arabiya)

The Syrian conflict has taken another turn for the worse with major belligerent parties indicating a military solution in the only way to end the fighting. For its part, the Syrian opposition has lost faith in the political process and in the promises of international negotiators.