James M Dorsey's Blog Posts Tagged 'GCC' (2)

Gulf soccer diplomacy highlights regional divisions

By James M. Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf states have invited Jordan and Morocco to compete in future Gulf Cups as part of a bid to strengthen their fragile six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time that they have at best papered over deep rifts within the group.

The invitation follows an earlier stalled attempt to persuade Jordan and Morocco, the Arab world’s only two non-Gulf monarchies, to join the GCC, which groups Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the…


Added by James M Dorsey on November 18, 2014 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Syrian president unites international community in condemnation of his violence

Monday, August 8, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Syrian president Bashar al Assad has succeeded where US and European diplomacy failed: five months into anti-government demonstrations demanding his resignation, Mr. Assad has united the international community in decrying the brutality of his failed effort to crush the protests.

Increasingly cornered, Mr. Assad failed in the past week to read the writing on the wall. His ferocious attack on Hama, Syria’s…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 8, 2011 at 2:24am — No Comments

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