Who's playing games?

So Russia is helping Syria get some PR points by trying to name and shame countries that are not cooperating with the Brammertz report -- which probably includes at least France. But why is this "playing games," as the NY Sun predictably puts it, when the same pressure was put on Syria and that it has, according to Brammertz, been helpful with the investigation?

And what's with the French anyway -- are they afraid Brammertz will find out Rafik Hariri was one of Jacques Chirac's biggest fundraisers?

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.