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Mark N. katz

After Russia joined the rest of the Security Council in condemning Syrian government forces for killing so many people in Houla, hope has arisen in the West that Moscow can now be enlisted to bring about a resolution to the ongoing crisis in Syria in a manner similar to what occurred in Yemen.  As the headline of a May 26 New York Times article put it, the “U.S. Hopes Assad Can Be Eased Out with Russia’s Aid.”  Such expectations, though, are utterly misplaced.  Moscow is neither willing nor able to persuade Syria’s President Assad to step down like Yemen’s President Saleh did at the beginning of 2012.

Making justice accessible to the poor in countries like Ethiopia could be a tricky exercise. When the law is what stands on the way, it becomes nearly impossible

Kiya Tsegaye

For the second time in a row Ethiopia observed a week-long activities dedicated to create awareness in the justice system. The motto for this year’s justice week, held from April 18-24, 2012, reads: “We strive for Strengthening the Justice System”.  On April 17, 2012, at a press conference attended by representatives from the Federal Supreme Court, officials from the Ministry of Justice and Federal Police asserted – rightly – that the people should actively participate to make sure strong judicial system is in place. The issue of access to justice was however what dominated the weeklong events.

What will women remember in November?

In this section Addis Standard’s correspondent Tomas Mega from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be following the 2012 Presidential election in the United States of America. 

The battle for the vote of American women is taking shape, and with it the influence that Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have on the electorate.

With husband Mitt not particularly popular with women (the latest polls show women favouring Obama by 57 %), Mrs. Romney will soon be released upon American voters.  Those voters got a sample of what is to come when she skilfully managed a clumsy attack by Democratic consultant Hilary Rosen.   Rosen commented that Ms. Romney had “actually never worked a day in her life.”  Ms. Romney eagerly countered that it was an “early birthday present for someone to be critical of her as a mother.”