SYRIA ON SYRIA
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem expressed outrage over Syrias suspension from the Arab League. The decision should not have been issued because of the facts on the ground, Mouallem said. The minister did admit that there is a crisis in Syria, but blamed it on a conspiracy by several [unnamed] parties. Mouallem also reached for the same narrative the Syrian regime has used for more than four decades to explain away the controversy: Syria is paying a price for its unwavering stances in support of the Arabs. The Arab League, now taking action after eight months of security forces killing Syrian civilians, has decided to send a 500-member delegation to Syria to prepare a report on the situation there to submit to Arab foreign ministers.
JORDAN ON SYRIA
Jordans King Abdullah told the BBC that if he were Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he would step down for the good of the country. Not only would he resign, he said, but he would make sure that my successor has the ability to change the status quo that we are seeing.
Egypts Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling that reverses a government decision to ban any members of Hosni Mubaraks former ruling National Democratic Party from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The ruling goes against one of the key demands of the January 25th revolutionaries demanding that anyone who served under Mubaraks regime be banned for life from public service.
Yemenis have not abandoned their quest to oust longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis marched in Sanaa and Taiz demanding that the international community issue an arrest warrant for Saleh and his top aides for crimes against humanity. The protests have not relented since February in the Arab worlds poorest country, yet Saleh continues to hang on despite enormous local and international pressure for him to resign after 32 years in office. A Gulf sponsored initiative would protect Saleh and family members from prosectution, a provision that protesters are becoming more vocal in rejecting. Time could be running out for Saleh, as Yemenis clamor for his arrest, and possible execution.