"As a starting point, the administration could join an effort by allies on the UN Security Council to win passage of a resolution that calls on Syria to cooperate with the delivery of humanitarian supplies and authorizes UN agencies to operate in areas outside government control. Russia may resist the resolution, but with the Sochi Olympic Games about to begin, even Vladi≠mir Putin may hesitate to be seen vetoing food deliveries to famished children," writes the Washington Post in an editorial.
"There are many reasons a secretary of state—particularly one who has been more inclined to intervene in Syria than many of his colleagues in the White House national security apparatus—might see this particular moment in the three-year-old Syria crisis as an inflection point. The utter failure of the Geneva peace talks is one reason. Reports that Syria is not complying with its promise to divest itself of its chemical weapons stockpiles is another," writes Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg.
"This is the first time in al-Qaeda's history that the group has publicly disaffiliated itself with a group bearing its name—even though ISIS has not used the name 'al-Qaeda' since 2006. While it remains too early to know its effect in the Syrian context, the statement is significant nonetheless -- both historically and for what it means for the broader global jihadist movement," writes Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
In the wake of protests in the Middle East in 2011, Saudi Arabia announced $130 billion in spending to stave off unrest at home. Now the kingdom is grappling with reforms that are needed to put the economy on a stronger footing but risks reducing subsidies that placated the population (FT).
Rwanda Genocide Trial Opens in France
Pascal Simbikangwa, a former Rwandan army captain accused of inciting, organizing, and aiding massacres during the 1994 genocide that left 800,000 dead, is being tried in Paris, the first case of its kind in France (AFP).