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Khirad On June - 27 - 2011

Welcome to Middle East Update. Enjoy a cup of tea, proper Turkish coffee, or shisha pipe while you’re here. Think of this as a café to discuss the latest goings on in the Arab Uprisings and beyond. We don’t have backgammon here, but there is occasional trivia.

The only rule is that I generally limit the topics to the Middle East and North Africa.

Basic reference material, such as maps and such can be added later here upon request, to assist familiarizing and helping you follow events.

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  1. Khirad says:

    CCCLIX

    Wow have I been busy! But, I tried my best to sneak in a quasi-update, though I don’t have much on all the North African mess.

    General

    Islamophobia Is Bad for Business
    http://www.bostonreview.net/BR38.1/massoud_hayoun_islamophobia_business_china_middle_east.php

    Syria

    Syrian troops and militia push to take Sunni Homs areas
    http://news.yahoo.com/syria-sends-ground-forces-try-seize-sunni-areas-105159473.html

    Women join ranks of Assad forces in Syria’s Homs
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-23/203464-women-join-ranks-of-assad-forces-in-syrias-homs.ashx#axzz2IUj2ywhZ

    Maghreb

    Interactive: Mali Speaks
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/01/201312113451635182.html

    Levant

    Op-ed: Moderate parties’ refusal to form political alliance with Arab factions a worrying trend bordering on racism
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4332903,00.html

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu challenged for right-wing vote
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21088844

    Dramatic surprise in Israeli elections
    http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/22/dramatic-surprise-in-israeli-elections/

    Palestinian youth call for own university in Lebanon
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2013/Jan-23/203460-palestinian-youth-call-for-own-university-in-leban.ashx#axzz2IUj2ywhZ

    Putting governmental puzzle pieces together
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4336033,00.html

    Barak: US plans ‘surgical strike’ if Iran sanctions fail
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4337098,00.html

    Khaleej

    UAE Council applauds first female Speaker
    http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/uae-council-applauds-first-female-speaker?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=hmp&utm_campaign=sm

    UAE most connected country in Arab world
    http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/industry-insights/economics/uae-most-connected-country-in-arab-world

    Egypt

    16 die in Egypt riot after soccer violence verdict
    http://news.yahoo.com/16-die-egypt-riot-soccer-violence-verdict-123337826.html

    The state of Egypt’s revolution
    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2013/01/201312672536410414.html

    Iran

    Potential Presidential Candidate Says Iran Needs Moderates
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/dec/1153.html?

    Growing up gay in Iranhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iran-blog/2013/jan/13/growing-gay-iran-tehranbureau

    Iranian MPs line up behind Supreme Leader on election issue
    http://www.payvand.com/news/13/jan/1122.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Iran-Turkey relations irreversible. Trade may reach $100B: Envoy
    http://www.payvand.com/news/13/jan/1128.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Khomeini’s Granddaughter On Iran’s ‘Critical Situation,’ Sanctions, Facebook
    http://www.rferl.org/content/khomeini-granddaughter-iran-critical-situation-/24824197.html

    Former Iranian MPs call for direct U.S.-Iran talks
    http://www.payvand.com/news/13/jan/1150.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Ahmadinejad: Iran must reduce oil dependence
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/01/20131170271867822.html

    • AdLib says:

      Hey Khirad, thanks for the update!

      BTW, glenn joined us on Vox Populi last night, was discussing living in the ME and some of us mentioned how interesting it would be for the two of you to discuss insights and observations.

      As to the surprising elections in Israel, it is astounding that Netanyahu isn’t far enough right for some but promising that so many moderates made their voices heard. Still, there doesn’t seem to be any agreement on the horizon and so the terrible status quo continues…or worsens.

      Hope your schedule lightens up a little, great seeing you around!

  2. Khirad says:

    CCCLVIII

    Syria

    UN envoy calls for interim Syria government
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/2012122711238644206.html

    Russia invites the head of opposition Syria National Coalition for talks, Deputy Foreign Minister says
    http://blogs.aljazeera.com/topic/syria/russia-invites-head-opposition-syria-national-coalition-talks-deputy-foreign-minister

    Syrian Rebels Step Up Siege of Northern Airbase
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/turkish-officials-2-syrian-generals-defect

    Battle for Syrian City Lays Both Sides’ Weaknesses Bare
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/world/middleeast/battle-for-aleppo-shows-weaknesses-of-both-sides.html?smid=tw-share

    Supporting non-violence in Syria
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/20/supporting_non_violence_in_syria?wp_login_redirect=0

    Egypt

    Egypt probes alleged incitement to oust Morsi
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/12/2012122842320389703.html

    Levant

    Unprecedented East Jerusalem Building in Pipeline
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_SETTLEMENT_SURGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    Khaleej

    Man shot dead as police clash with Shi’ites in Saudi Arabia
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/saudi-shiite-shooting-idUSL5E8NS3LP20121228

    A respite in Kuwait?
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/21/a_respite_in_kuwait

    Arab media dinosaurs meet in Bahrain
    http://www.al-bab.com/blog/2012/blog1212b.htm#arab_media_dinosaurs_meet_in_bahrain

    Iraq

    Anti-Maliki protests continue in Iraq
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/12/2012122875346526845.html

    Iran

    Iran Navy launches drill to display capabilities, send friendship message
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/28/280501/iran-launches-specialized-naval-drill/

    Japan’s November Iran Oil Imports Surge to Most Since March
    http://origin-www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-27/japan-s-november-iran-oil-imports-surge-to-most-since-march-1-.html

    Turkey

    Turkish Journalist Accused of Terrorist Plot Is Freed Pending Trial
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/28/world/europe/soner-yalcin-owner-and-editor-of-odatv-freed-from-prison.html?_r=1&

  3. Khirad says:

    CCCLVII

    General

    Turkey beats out Iran.

    Number of jailed journalists sets global record
    http://www.cpj.org/reports/2012/12/imprisoned-journalists-world-record.php

    Al Qaeda 3.0: Terrorism’s Emergent New Power Bases
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/03/al-qaeda-3-0-terrorism-s-emergent-new-power-bases.html

    Syria

    Panetta Says Syria Chemical Threat Has Slowed
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=166938321

    Stalemate stokes anger at rebels in Aleppo
    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/12/20121211125010153551.html

    Bashar Is bombing us.
    http://7ee6an.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/bashar-is-bombing-us/

    Kurdish National Council joins the opposition coalition, foreign reserves shrink
    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=556aeef60722f6e5811ea2519&id=cb1a81716d&e=dcaf978bc3

    Supreme Leader Denies Iran’s Culpability for Syrian Bloodshed
    http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/12/984/supreme-leader-denies-irans-culpability-for-syrian-bloodshed/

    Exclusive: UK military in talks to help Syria rebels
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/exclusive-uk-military-in-talks-to-help-syria-rebels-8399658.html

    Syrian Rebels Capture Parts Of Army Base In North
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=166856720

    Obama recognizes Syrian opposition coalition
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/us-syria-opposition/index.html

    U.S. blacklists al-Nusra Front fighters in Syria
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html

    ‘Friends of Syria’ face familiar divisions
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Dec-12/198171-friends-of-syria-face-familiar-divisions.ashx#axzz2EogT9Jq1

    The Land of Topless Minarets and Headless Little Girls
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/12/11/the_land_of_topless_minarets_and_headless_little_girls

    South Damascus a Battlefield, as Bodies Pile up, and Bread Crisis in Capital Worsens
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/12/south-damascus-a-battlefield-as-bodies-pile-up-and-bread-crisis-in-capital-worsens.html

    Damascus issues warrants for Hariri, Saqr, FSA official
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Dec-12/198170-damascus-issues-warrants-for-hariri-saqr-fsa-official.ashx#axzz2EogT9Jq1

    Maghreb

    Libya ex-PM al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi on trial in Tripoli
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20668492

    Libyans Say Sharia Will Be Law of the Land
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/11/libyans-say-sharia-will-be-law-of-the-land.html

    Levant

    UN tells Israel to let in nuclear inspectors
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/04/un-tells-israel-nuclear-inspectors?fb=native&CMP=FBCNETTXT9038

    The War on Gaza and Iran-US Talks
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/dec/1090.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Bahrain

    Lawyer: Sentence reduced for Bahrain activist
    http://news.yahoo.com/lawyer-sentence-reduced-bahrain-activist-102707844.html;_ylt=A2KJjanvMchQwhUA3vbQtDMD

    Um, wait, what?

    Bahrain lauded for human rights support
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2012/12/10/Bahrain-lauded-for-human-rights-support/UPI-91181355161228/

    Egypt

    Egypt divided: The people mobilise for and against referendum
    http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/60321.aspx

    Egypt: The president’s six hands
    http://transitions.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/12/10/egypt_the_presidents_six_hands

    Iran

    US confused about Iran’s defense power: Cmdr.
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/10/277312/iran-defense-power-confuses-us/

    Iranian Reformists Call For Open Political Atmosphere
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/dec/1017.html

    Keyhan article indicates discontent with Supreme Leader’s course across the political spectrum
    http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/12/973/keyhan-article-indicates-discontent-with-supreme-leaders-course-across-the-political-spectrum/
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/dec/1029.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Dr. Mohammad Maleki summoned and his house was searched
    http://www.en-hrana.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=733:1&catid=20:cultural&Itemid=2

    Iran arrests 28 over links to religious networks
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iU2k0lRhAnei8gmXpEUeV67sVYQQ?docId=9270a35e89354f5b9596e6971f8799ae

    H/T EA WorldView

  4. Khirad says:

    CCCLVI

    General

    A Muslim with a sense of humor discovers ignorance at a supermarket
    http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/guest-commentary/Content?oid=3577365

    The Truth About Attacks on Our Diplomats
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/10/libya-consulate-embassy-attacks-obama-romney

    Syria

    Syrian Internet cutoff may be precursor to Assad offensive
    http://killerapps.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/29/syrian_internet_cutoff_may_be_precursor_to_assad_offensive

    U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/us-is-weighing-stronger-action-in-syrian-conflict.html?hp&_r=0

    Official Syrian Web Sites Hosted in U.S.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/world/middleeast/official-syrian-web-sites-hosted-in-us.html?_r=0

    Damascus airport not accepting flights: regional airline
    http://news.yahoo.com/damascus-airport-not-accepting-flights-regional-airline-080847763.html

    Maghreb

    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham running campaign ads on Benghazi tragedy
    http://americablog.com/2012/11/lindsey-graham-campaign-ads-benghazi-liby.html

    Thousands march in violence-hit Tunisian town
    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=462138

    Levant

    Hamas officials welcome UN recognition of Palestine
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=543588&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Palestinian UN vote will hurt peace, says Israel’s Regev
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20552170

    Ashrawi: UN vote rescued chances for peace
    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=543584&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Palestinian Legal strategy against Israel: The Real Prize is Europe
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/11/palestinian-legal-strategy-against-israel-the-real-prize-is-europe.html

    Anonymous leaks personal information of 5,000 Israeli officials
    http://rt.com/news/anonymous-israel-officials-leaked-002/

    When It Comes to Israel, I Stand for People, Not Policies
    http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2012/11/28/when-it-comes-to-israel-i-stand-for-people-not-policies/

    Yemen

    Family, neighbors of Yemeni killed by U.S. drone wonder why he wasn’t taken alive
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/11/28/175794/family-neighbors-of-yemeni-killed.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

    Khaleej

    Kuwait opposition urges vote boycott on eve of election
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-kuwait-politics-idUSBRE8AT0GH20121130

    Kuwait- Human rights defenders Yousif Al- Zhairy and Khaled Al- Battah arrested and detained as harassment of Bedoon community continues
    http://gc4hr.org/news/view/289

    Egypt

    Egyptians protest after draft constitution raced through
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-egypt-president-idUSBRE8AM0DO20121130

    Donilon on U.S.-Egyptian relations: “It is a challenge”
    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/29/donilon_on_us_egyptian_relations_it_is_a_challenge

    Egyptian labor between Morsi and Mubarak
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/28/power_grab_on_egypts_unions

    Iran

    Government in a Fog as Recession Looms … or Has It Arrived?
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/11/dispatch-government-fumbles-as-recession-looms-or-has-it-arrived.html

    Iran president raps Israel expansionism, warmongering
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/11/30/275329/iran-raps-israel-warmongering-policies/

    Mashaei Amping Up for Election Season?
    http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/11/888/mashaei-amping-up-for-election-season/

    Haddad Adel Opposes Amendment to the Elections Law
    http://www.roozonline.com/english/news3/newsitem/archive/2012/november/29/article/haddad-adel-opposes-amendment-to-the-elections-law.html

    H/T EA WorldView

  5. Khirad says:

    CCCLV

    Sorry folks, been real hectic, hard to find the time I once had.

    Syria

    Who are the Syrian opposition?
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/121105/who-the-syrian-opposition

    Syrian opposition groups reach unity deal
    http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-opposition-groups-reach-unity-deal-163006686.html

    A model leader for Syria?
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2012/1114/A-model-leader-for-Syria

    Islamist-In-Chief
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/14/islamist_in_chief

    Is Bashar al-Assad Syria’s Abraham Lincoln?
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/14/is_bashar-al-assad_syria’s_abraham_lincoln

    New Type Of Shoulder Mounted Surface To Air Missile Captured By The Opposition
    http://brown-moses.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/new-type-of-shoulder-mounted-surface-to.html

    Levant

    To keep up on the goings on of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, I refer you to:

    Israel-Palestine Live Coverage: Day 2 of Operation Pillar of Cloud
    http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2012/11/15/israel-palestine-live-coverage-day-2-of-operation-pillar-of.html

    Mending fences with Obama: Israel says it follows U.S. lead on Iran
    http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/08/mending-fences-with-obama-israel-says-it-follows-u-s-lead-on-iran/

    Israel drawn into Syria fighting for first time
    http://news.yahoo.com/israel-drawn-syria-fighting-first-time-122327499.html

    Female soldier rebuked for ‘offending’ religious comrades
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4304443,00.html

    Iran

    Iran To Probe Jailed Blogger’s Death
    http://www.rferl.org/content/parliamentary-commitee-to-probe-jailed-bloggers-alleged-death/24767557.html

    Report: UK says won’t aid US strike on Iran
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4297299,00.html

    Iran To Israel And Back To Iran: Rita’s Music Goes Home
    http://kuow.org/post/iran-israel-and-back-iran-ritas-music-goes-home

    Israel launches Gaza offensive, kills Hamas commander
    http://news.yahoo.com/top-hamas-commander-killed-israeli-airstrike-143218204.html

    Serat News on Petraeus Scandal: ‘The Terrible Organization kneels before a woman!’
    http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/11/738/serat-news-on-petraeus-scandal-the-terrible-organization-kneels-before-a-woman/

    Turkey

    It’s not just in America.

    AKP redraws Turkey despite opposition ire
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-redraws-turkey-despite-opposition-ire.aspx?pageID=238&nID=34521&NewsCatID=338

    • SueInCa says:

      And then there is this:

      Ayalon admitted “there was a special kinship between Mr. Romney and Mr. Netanyahu,” but said Israel cannot afford to be meddling in U.S. politics.

      Still, many Israelis are worried about payback against their leader for backing the wrong horse in the U.S. presidential sweepstakes. On Thursday, the leading Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth even carried the headline “Bibi gambled. We’ll pay.”

      But Ayalon expressed no doubts that the relationship would get back on track. “I have full confidence knowing not only the president’s commitment, but also his team” he said. “In a way I see an advantage by the continuity of the administration being very seasoned, knowing very well the Iran file and portfolio, to continue and make sure Iran won’t become nuclear.”

      Kind of late for Ayalon to say Israel should not be meddling in US politics. Bibi apparently does not know nor does he understand President Obama. Now if it were me, I would let them hang in the wind, but Obama does not seem to take these things personally. Probably why he is in politics and I am not. I would have a very hard time even being civil to Bibi.

      • Khirad says:

        That YNet said that is indeed striking.

        Meanwhile, this Egyptian post-revolution is fascinating and hopeful. More to come.

        • SueInCa says:

          Indeed it is Khirad. I don’t pretend to even know a smidged of what you know but I do find the interactions there fascinating, yet sometimes frustrating. I saw where the Egyptian president is demanding more power and I for sure do not know what to make of that one.

    • SueInCa says:

      Missed you Khirad. I don’t always post comments here but I know it is the place to find the news about the ME. Hope you are well.

    • kesmarn says:

      We’re just glad you’re still with us, Khirad!

      I really don’t envy Barack and Hillary their jobs when it comes to Syria. Just had a look at the article on who comprises the Syrian opposition and it’s mind-boggling.

      This is unknown territory they’re treading and the situation seems to change by the week. I’m amazed Assad has been able to hang on so long. But as you and others have mentioned before — every country in the ME is different. People on the right seem to have a hard time with that.

  6. bito says:

    “War? What war? We’re in a war?”

    We went just went through four debates and not one mention of the war in Afghanistan, actually very little discussion of it or the military through the whole election even though it does have a lot to do with our fiscal health.

    What changed that a sex scandal and the R’s getting Benghazi all screwed up and now some of the R’s are somehow trying to implicate The President in some conspiracy, meanwhile Afghanistan goes on being ignored.

    Meanwhile, actual Afghans face a difficult and perhaps bleak future because the way over-ambitious American project in their country is failing. And US veterans of the war struggle with PTSD and, often, addiction.

    The European Union is suspending aid to the corrupt government Hamid Karzai. And, Taliban are raiding into the Bamyan area of the Shiite Hazaras with impunity because the Afghan government has not sent any of its 200,000 troops there to protect them.

    http://www.juancole.com/2012/11/afghanistan-commander-gen-john-allen-investigated-meanwhile-afghanistan-sinking.html

    The big story concerning Afghanistan is General John Allen and his sexy emails, that’s the news not this:

    Reporter: A long march to progress in Afghanistan

    From the You-Tube description:

    Published on Nov 12, 2012 by EuroparltvEnglish

    The future of Afghanistan shifts up the agenda. As European and international troops prepare to scale back in under two years, the question now is, can Afghans manage security, clean government and basic services for the people by themselves, even as the Taliban try to bomb their way back to power? What we don’t want, with withdrawal and disengagement of military intervention by the international community in Afghanistan, is a disengagement from long-term problems of development.

    […..}

    more…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jl-MFhmdR0s

    I know, I know, Afghanistan isn’t part of MENA, I just wanted people to remember we are at war, it’s costing a lot of money and people are dying and getting injured. By the time we get to complete withdrawal the country will be going “War? What war? We’re in a war?”

    • AlphaBitch says:

      Bito: The war is never far from some of us. As it becomes more and more likely we will leave and the situation will deteriorate, it becomes more imperative to me that my kids are safe.

      Going to MO to meet the MO Girl’s family and to watch this brilliant young woman graduate from college in December -- she’s my FIRST graduate. Then coming back with my Syrian daughter and her fiancee. After they leave, will host the Baby Girl and the Babiest Girl (Baby Girl’s younger sister). Plus assorted others, and Inshallah, the boy who is due back for school this spring.

      So for some of us, it is not forgotten. Thank you so much for posting this video. Khirad is TOTALLY forgiven, as he has spent so much time and effort to educate us on ME issues.

      See you all soon. -- AB

    • Khirad says:

      Thanks, Bito. Remember, as I’ve gotten busier and it’s harder to do my once exhaustive up-to-date updates does not mean this isn’t the proper place for anyone else to drop such things.

      Even if it isn’t properly MENA. ;-)

  7. Khirad says:

    CCCLIV

    هالووين, hāllowīn -- Halloween

    General

    The New Politics of Human Rights in the Middle East
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/30/the_new_politics_of_human_rights_in_the_middle_east

    Syria

    “State of the Internal Opposition,” by Ammar Abdulhamid
    http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=16142&cp=all

    Qatar accuses Syrian government of genocide after failed truce
    http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/30/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?eref=edition&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=cnni

    Kurds talk of intervention in Syria, raising danger of escalation
    http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/kurds-talk-of-intervention-in-syria-raising-danger-of-escalation

    Fighting erupts between Western-backed “rebels” and Syrian Kurds
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/oct2012/syri-o30.shtml

    Syria’s Kurds dare to dream of freedom
    http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/syrias-kurds-dare-to-dream-of-freedom

    Turkey says ‘no point’ in dialogue with Syria
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iKUiHIrbxsWoMh3i192qFq7ciU5w?docId=CNG.493b5bfef777e0c4e6e2103828c1614e.6d1

    Maghreb

    Libya assembly stormed in new blow to forming govt
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iytzyP0c1bcybXNwcaTH39rpL72A?docId=CNG.83e9c50ca6905aaf7aae4a1dfe93edd1.3e1

    Bahrain

    Interior Minister: Unauthorized Rally Organizers Will Face Legal Action
    http://www.policemc.gov.bh/en/news_details.aspx?type=1&articleId=15194

    RT discusses banning of all protests (RT of course only pays attention to Western-backed dictatorships)
    http://youtu.be/acAw70yI4SI

    Manama: march in solidarity w/ Mr. Hassan Mushaima
    http://youtu.be/HZH8fxabe_Y

    Khaleej

    Kuwait arrests opposition leader ahead of mass protest
    http://rt.com/news/kuwait-opposition-leader-arrested-561/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Qatar: Detained ‘Jasmine uprising’ poet being tried in secret
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/qatar-detained-jasmine-uprising-poet-being-tried-secret-2012-10-29

    Yemen

    Building a Yemeni state while losing a nation
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/28/building_a_yemeni_state_at_the_loss_of_a_nation

    Levant

    Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements
    http://www.fidh.org/Trading-Away-Peace-How-Europe-12343

    Bibi’s Mistake
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/30/bibis_mistake

    Iran

    EU foreign policy chief to meet with Iran negotiator soon
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/30/269588/eus-ashton-to-meet-with-jalili-soon/

    US, EU Hopeful of New Iran Nuke Talks
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/clinton-eu-diplomats-joint-tour-balkans-17596378#.UJC8o7TB939

    US Loosens Sanctions On Medicine Sales to Iran
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/iran-sanctions-medicine.html

    Iran bans export of 50 goods as sanctions bite: report
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/30/us-iran-economy-idUSBRE89T0IG20121030

    Iran sends mixed messages on effect of sanctions
    http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=289748

    Iran Civil Society: From International Awards to Economic Suffering
    http://www.arsehsevom.net/2012/10/iran-civil-society-from-international-awards-to-economic-suffering/

    Iran’s nuclear resistance
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/25/irans_nuclear_resistance

    Turkey

    Investigation launched over unsanctioned Republic Day rally
    http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=296588

    H/T EA WorldView

  8. Khirad says:

    CCCLIII

    Syria

    The US Must Supply anti-Aircraft Missiles to the Syrian Opposition
    http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/?p=15984

    Syria: Despite Denials, More Cluster Bomb Attacks
    http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/10/23/syria-despite-denials-more-cluster-bomb-attacks

    Iraqi vice president: Iran supplying Assad through ground convoys
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/23/iraqi_vice_president_iran_supplying_assad_through_ground_convoys

    Maghreb

    Libya government says former Gadhafi spokesman captured
    http://news.yahoo.com/libya-government-says-former-gaddafi-spokesman-captured-144312721.html

    Amnesty report on Tunisia’s progress and concerns thereof
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE30/010/2012/en/e44dcc01-ef8d-4255-935b-4d2931b9ce08/mde300102012en.pdf

    Libyan Town Under Siege Is a Center of Resistance to the New Government http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/world/africa/libyan-town-under-siege-is-a-center-of-resistance.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=1&

    Civilians flee besieged former Gaddafi stronghold in Libya
    http://www.shabablibya.org/news/civilians-flee-besieged-former-gaddafi-stronghold-in-libya

    Levant

    Most Israeli Jews would support Apartheid Regime in Israel
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/survey-most-israeli-jews-would-support-apartheid-regime-in-israel.premium-1.471644

    FM attacks EU for Gilo construction condemnation
    http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=288607

    Bomb wounds Israeli officer on Gaza border
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/us-palestinians-israel-violence-idUSBRE89M0AX20121023

    Fierce clashes across several Lebanese areas, LAF conducts various raids
    http://www.lbcgroup.tv/news/56609/fierce-clashes-across-several-lebanese-areas-resid

    Bahrain

    FRANCE 24 CORRESPONDENT TORTURED FOR COVERING PRO-DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATIONS
    http://en.rsf.org/bahrain-france-24-correspondent-tortured-30-05-2011,40374.html

    Parents could pay for damages caused by children
    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/parents-could-pay-for-damages-caused-by-children-1.1092452#.UIU1oOeI2Bs.twitter

    US must Pressure Bahrain on Human Rights (Strindberg)
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/10/us-must-pressure-bahrain-on-human-rights-strindberg.html

    Khaleej

    Kuwait bans gatherings of more than 20 people amid protests
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/23/kuwait-politics-protests-idUSL5E8LN0ZK20121023

    Egypt

    Egypt freezes assets of ex-presidential candidate and Mubarak ally
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/10/egypt-freezes-assets-of-former-presidential-candidate-and-mubarak-ally.html

    Iran

    Ahmadinejad Responds after Revealing Judiciary Chief’s ‘confidential’ Letter
    http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2012/10/526/ahmadinejad-responds-after-revealing-judiciary-chiefs-confidential-letter/

    Top Ten Republican Myths about Obama and Iran
    http://www.juancole.com/2012/10/top-ten-republican-myths-about-obama-and-iran.html

    Could Ahmadinejad be indicted for genocide?
    http://bosco.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/23/could_ahmadinejad_by_indicted_for_genocide

  9. Khirad says:

    CCCLII

    General

    Report: CIA Arranged Bride for Terrorist in Plot to Kill Him
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/report-cia-arranged-br
    ide-terrorist-plot-kill/story?id=17437763#.UHzZ-bTB938

    Syria

    FM Lavrov Denies Use of Russian-made Cluster Bombs in Syria
    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121015/176631693.html

    Syrian army corpses mark rebel attack on missile base
    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=446415

    Syria despatch: rebel fighters fear the growing influence of their ‘Bin Laden’ faction
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9606691/Syria-despatch-rebel-fighters-fear-the-growing-influence-of-their-Bin-Laden-faction.html

    Could Turkey Go To War With Syria?
    http://www.rferl.org/content/could-turkey-go-to-war-with-syria/24732603.html

    Syrian plane carried military communication devices: Report
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-plane-carried-military-communication-devices-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=32169&NewsCatID=359

    Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/world/middleeast/jihadists-receiving-most-arms-sent-to-syrian-rebels.html

    Civil war leaves Syrian economy, cities in ruins
    http://news.yahoo.com/civil-war-leaves-syrian-economy-cities-ruins-190226553--finance.html;_ylt=A2KJjb0lBHVQxiIAdQ3QtDMD

    Former Assad aide: Syrian president plans secret flight to Russia
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/07/former-assad-aide-syrian-president-plans-secret-flight-to-russia/

    US sends troops to Jordan to help deal with Syria crisis
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/10/us-troops-jordan-syria-crisis

    How the Weapons Trade is Fracturing the Opposition
    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/letters-from/rocket-propelled-syria?cid=soc-facebook-in-letters_from-rocket-propelled_syria-101112

    Armenian plane en route to Aleppo searched in Turkey
    http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=295349

    Historic mosque burned in ancient Syrian city
    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/world/ci_21775184/un-envoy-urges-syria-cease-fire-muslim-holiday

    Maghreb

    US officials: We didn’t link Libya attack to video
    http://news.yahoo.com/us-officials-didnt-libya-attack-video-005809097.html

    Levant

    Netanyahu Calls for Early Elections in Israel
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/middleeast/netanyahu-calls-for-early-elections-in-israel.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    Palestinians propose peace talks after UN vote
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4290289,00.html

    Iran

    Iran Health Ministry to study effects of interference waves
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct/1088.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    US: Hackers in Iran responsible for cyberattacks
    http://news.yahoo.com/us-hackers-iran-responsible-cyberattacks-072429280--finance.html

    Iran: seven Christians detained following raid on prayer meeting
    http://au.christiantoday.com/article/iran-seven-christians-detained-following-raid-on-prayer-meeting/14238.htm

    Jailed Iranian scholar gravely ill
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct/1132.html

  10. Khirad says:

    CCCLI

    General

    Right-Wingers Would Be Shocked to Learn That Islam Has Been Part of American History Since Its Founding
    http://www.alternet.org/belief/right-wingers-would-be-shocked-learn-islam-has-been-part-american-history-its-founding

    Syria

    Turkey sends fighter jets to Syrian border
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/10/2012109113457809700.html

    Rebels Say West’s Inaction Is Pushing Syrians to Extremism
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/06/world/middleeast/rebels-say-wests-inaction-is-radicalizing-syria.html?_r=1

    ‘Saudi weapons’ seen at Syria rebel base
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19874256#FBM130605

    “Camouflaged” Hezbollah members fighting in Syria, activist says
    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=444509

    Maghreb

    US officer got no reply to cables asking more security for Benghazi
    http://news.yahoo.com/us-officer-got-no-reply-cables-asking-more-174539222.html

    Foreign Affairs Focus: Tunisia’s Transition with Moncef Marzouki
    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/discussions/audio-video/foreign-affairs-focus-tunisias-transition-with-moncef-marzouki?cid=soc-facebook-in-audio_video-foreign_affairs_focus_tunisias_transition-100612

    Iraq

    Al-Maliki eyes $5 billion defense deal with Russia
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/al-maliki-eyes-5-billion-defense-deal-with-russia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=31963&NewsCatID=359

    Khaleej

    Kuwait’s ruler dissolves parliament, elections loom
    http://news.yahoo.com/kuwaits-ruler-dissolves-parliament-media-101220103--business.html

    Gulf states must tackle Muslim Brotherhood threat: UAE
    http://news.yahoo.com/gulf-states-must-tackle-muslim-brotherhood-threat-uae-164546200.html

    Iran

    IMF forecasts for Iran show limited sanction hit
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/09/us-iran-economy-imf-idUSBRE8980GX20121009

    Iran budget under pressure, Ahmadinejad says
    http://news.yahoo.com/iran-budget-under-pressure-ahmadinejad-says-152057253.html

    Upset with Iran, Baku moves closer to Israel
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/upset-with-iran-baku-moves-closer-to-israel.aspx?pageID=238&nID=31876&NewsCatID=359

    Iranian activist demands justice from head of judiciary
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct/1079.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    Elements in Iran and US that Want War
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct/1077.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    Photos: Iranian Children Getting Face Paintings
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct/1066.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

    H/T EAWorldView

  11. Khirad says:

    CCCL

    Syria

    Rebels With a Cause, But Not Much Consensus
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/01/rebels_with_a_cause_but_not_much_consensus?page=full

    Turkey strikes targets in Syria after mortar attack kills 5
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/03/14200329-turkey-strikes-targets-in-syria-after-mortar-attack-kills-5?lite

    Turkey authorizes military operations in Syria
    http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-authorizes-military-operations-syria-115920854.html

    Maghreb

    Politicizing Benghazi
    http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/29/politicizing_benghazi

    U.S. Is Tracking Killers in Attack on Libya Mission
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/africa/us-said-to-be-preparing-potential-targets-tied-to-libya-attack.html?src=ISMR_AP_LI_LST_FB

    Libya request for increased security was denied by Washington, Republican leaders say
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121002/libya-request-increased-security-was-denied-wash

    Sensitive documents left behind at U.S. diplomatic post in Libya
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/sensitive-documents-left-behind-at-american-mission-in-libya/2012/10/03/11911498-0d7e-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_story.html?tid=ts_carousel

    Who are Tunisia’s Salafis?
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/28/who_are_tunisia_s_salafis

    Bahrain

    Bahraini court rejects 9 medics’ final appeal
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/01/bahrain_court_rejects_9_medics_final_appeal

    Beating of protester at funeral for prisoner Muhammad Musaima
    http://youtu.be/wjE3ZF23Dz8

    Khaleej

    Ikea airbrushes women out of Saudi catalog
    http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/01/ikea_airbrushes_women_out_of_saudi_catalog

    Egypt

    Egypt’s constitutional racers stagger toward the final lap
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/01/egypt_s_constitutional_racers_stagger_toward_the_final_lap

    New constitution paves the way for Islamic ‘church’ versus state
    http://www.egyptindependent.com/opinion/new-constitution-paves-way-islamic-‘church-versus-state

    Levant

    Arab Israeli charged with spying for Hezbollah
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Oct-04/190142-arab-israeli-charged-with-spying-for-hezbollah.ashx#axzz28Lah8Swz

    Iran

    Ahmadinejad’s Cameraman Defected During His U.N. Visit
    http://news.yahoo.com/ahmadinejads-camerman-defected-during-u-n-visit-104011136.html

    Ahmadinejad’s Men Go Shopping In NYC
    http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-presidents-men-in-new-york-shop-cheap/24725187.html

    Odds of War With Iran Remain at 40%
    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/09/odds-of-war-with-iran-remain-at-40/263004/

    Study Claims Thousands Would Die In Attack On Iran Nuclear Sites
    http://www.rferl.org/content/study-claims-thousands-would-die-in-attack-on-iran-nuclear-sites/24727096.html

    Iran’s President Ties Recent Drop in Currency to U.S.-Led Sanctions
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/world/middleeast/iran-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-ties-currency-drop-to-sanctions.html?smid=tw-share

    Iran currency crisis: Sanctions detonate unstable rial
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19800532

    Protest, scuffles with police in Iran over currency crisis
    http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/protest-scuffles-police-iran-over-102511804.html

    Fox News Psychiatrist: It’s ‘Way Normal’ to Hoard ‘Enormous Cache’ of Weapons Because of Iran
    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/david/fox-news-psychiatrist-its-way-normal-hoard-e

    Iran’s new toy: Drone proliferation continues
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/iran-has-new-toy-drone-proliferation-continues

    Tehran Clashes Reported As Iran Rounds Up Moneychangers
    http://www.rferl.org/content/iran-arrests-illegal-moneychangers

    Iran: Is Ahmadinejad Facing a Final Showdown with Rafsanjani?
    http://www.payvand.com/news/12/oct1017.htmlfacebook

  12. Khirad says:

    CCCXLIX

    General

    The Arab Spring Still Blooms
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/opinion/the-arab-spring-still-blooms.html

    Syria

    Eyes wide shut, world watches Syria bleed
    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-syria-crisis-apathy-idUKBRE88M06120120923

    Syrians make brisk business in black market petrol
    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=441595

    Syria’s Moallem ‘Ready’ to Work With New UN Envoy
    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/syria-foreign-minister-interview.html

    Fearful Alawites pay sectarian militias in battered Homs
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/25/us-syria-shabbiha-extortion-idUSBRE88O0QD20120925

    Turkish pilots killed by Assad, not in crash: leaked documents
    http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/29/240805.html

    Kurds Prepare to Pursue More Autonomy in a Fallen Syria
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/29/world/middleeast/kurds-to-pursue-more-autonomy-in-a-fallen-syria.html

    Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the violence in Syria to neighboring countries. In each case, their lives are changed forever by the ongoing conflict.
    http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2012/syria/

    Syria’s Irish fighters: ‘I saw what was happening and had to do something’
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0922/1224324260134.html

    Gays and the Syrian Revolution
    http://gaycitynews.com/gays-and-the-syrian-revolution/

    Maghreb

    Hundreds hand over weapons in Libya campaign
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/09/201292916631790143.html

    Outrage over Tunisia ‘indecency’ case
    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/africa/2012/09/201293031349122843.html

    Planting the seeds of Tunisia’s Ansar al Sharia
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/27/planting_the_seeds_of_tunisias_ansar_al_sharia

    Yemen

    Protesters in Yemen demand return of stolen assets
    http://news.yahoo.com/protesters-yemen-demand-return-stolen-assets-191835961.html

    Bahrain

    Bahrain deteriorating
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/27/bahrain_deteriorating

    Khaleej

    Saudi Arabia deports more female pilgrims on their way to Mecca
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/120928/saudi-arabia-deports-more-female-pilgrims-thei

    NEVER TALK BACK TO A SAUDI JUDGE
    http://www.theglobalmail.org/feature/never-talk-back-to-a-saudi-judge/396/

    Kuwait’s uncertain path
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/26/kuwait_s_uncertain_path

    Levant

    Netanyahu’s bomb steals the show in his UN speech
    http://news.yahoo.com/netanyahus-bomb-steals-show-un-speech-183257661.html

    Iraq

    Iran ayatollah is poster boy for influence in Iraq
    http://news.yahoo.com/iran-ayatollah-poster-boy-influence-iraq-062142717.html

    Egypt

    Egyptian cleric faces blasphemy charge
    http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/egyptian-cleric-faces-blasphemy-charge-071240370.html

    After the Arab Spring, what’s next for the new Egypt?
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/after-the-arab-spring-whats-next-for-the-new-egypt/article4576417/?page=all

    Iran

    Fars News and The Onion Agree — “Rural American Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”
    http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2012/9/28/iran-feature-fars-news-and-the-onion-agree-rural-american-wh.html

    Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad To Obama
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/gallup-poll-rural-whites-prefer-ahmadinejad-to-oba,29677/

    No change in Iran policy towards US: Velayati
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/29/264160/irans-us-policy-remains-unchanged/

    The Great Persian Firewall
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/28/Iran_firewall_google

    H/T EAWorldView

    • AdLib says:

      Khirad, this disclosure about Assad executing the Turkish pilots seems explosive. As bad as things are now between Turkey and Syria, one would think that the prospect of military conflict has just been ratcheted up in a severe way.

      I’m not a fan of wars but I wonder if such a conflict could hasten the end of Assad’s regime?

      • Khirad says:

        Keep in mind Al Arabiya has not substantiated this, and is Saudi owned. They can be a bit sensational at times. They may be stirring the pot here. Especially saying Russia was behind it.

        That being said, Turkey’s military has been unofficially offering cover for some time now.

    • Oh you mean it’s not Arab Winter like Romney said.

      It amazes me how the right is so hypocritical about Arab Spring. The neocons said they wanted the Mideast to democratize but since they are not as pro-west as the dictators they want the dictators back. It just shows they never cared about the people in the Mideast it was always about control. The worse part is it shows how little neocons knew about democracy in the first place. Democracy small ‘d’ is always messy, especially in the beginning and i it does work they represent the people of that country so neocons should have expected this. But of course they are not enlightened people and they did not want organic growth of democracy. Instead they wanted American imposing it’s form of democracy which obviously did not work in Iraq and isn’t working in Afghanistan.

      • Khirad says:

        Top Romney Foreign Policy Advisor, Dan Senor, in 2005:

        It’s politics, Brit. It’s democracy. We often said when we were there that democracy is messy. If you want clean and tidy, there’s dictatorship. But right now, these leaders are immersed in their first sort of democratic experiments, negotiating, horse-trading.

        http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,151797,00.html

        • Yup and these same hypocrites are trying to blame the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt on Obama. When it’s not ignorance it’s hypocrisy.

          • Khirad says:

            To be fair, many on the left mocked Bush’s Freedom Agenda for electing Hamas.

            Or rather, I think, at least blamed him for being surprised by the results. At least that was my criticism. If people want to vote for idiots, I guess that’s their choice, not ours, right?

          • bito says:

            Sad but true, the slogan of the decades

            When it’s not ignorance it’s hypocrisy.

            • It’s truer today than ever before. On social issues ignorance abounds. But the hypocrisy of the GOP is may be even greater. Think of all the policies that are OK when the GOP is in office like running deficits, expanding Medicare and even tax cuts for the working and middle class. That’s why Ryan is so caustic to the GOP’s chances. He claims to be deficit reduction guru but voted for everything Bush did to blow a hole in the deficit including Medicare Part D and TARP.

  13. choicelady says:

    Morning Khirad -- I absolutely agree with your first post on increased engagement with people in and from the Mid East. I and my organization have been trying to do that for several years now, and there is no way that is not absolutely essential. I’m horrified by how many people are afraid of Muslims and will learn nothing of them, the culture, the variants of faith. Thanks for reminding us that familiarity breeds understanding, NOT contempt.

  14. Khirad says:

    CCCXLVIII

    General

    Americans must engage more – not less – with Muslims in the Middle East
    http://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/print/Commentary/Opinion/2012/0920/Americans-must-engage-more-not-less-with-Muslims-in-the-Middle-East

    Syria

    The Dictator of Damascus
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/20/the_dictator_of_damascus?page=full

    Syria: the foreign fighters joining the war against Bashar al-Assad
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/23/syria-foreign-fighters-joining-war

    Among the Alawites
    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n18/nir-rosen/among-the-alawites

    The Iranian consultants
    http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=439096

    EGYPT PRESIDENT STRESSES SYRIA RESOLVE
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_EGYPT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-09-22-15-59-28

    48 Syrian Civilians Massacred During Claire Danes’ Emmy Award Acceptance Speech
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/48-syrian-civilians-massacred-during-claire-danes,29666/

    Yemen

    12 KILLED IN SHIITE-SUNNI CLASHES IN YEMEN
    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/12-killed-shiite-sunni-clashes-yemen#overlay-context=users/rjagodzinski

    Bahrain

    Bahrain continues to use the excessive force as the only response to the demanding protests for democracy
    http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/5439

    Maghreb

    Libyans storm militia compounds in Benghazi
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/09/201292205259561409.html

    Libya moves to dissolve rogue militias
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/09/2012922231155740677.html

    CNN obtains journal of slain ambassador, reportedly goes against his family’s wishes
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/cnn-obtains-journal-slain-ambassador-reportedly-goes-again-232525862.html

    Rachid Ghannouchi: Re-imagining Tunisia
    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2012/09/2012921111847189377.html

    Khaleej

    Qatar – rich and dangerous – eyes Syria
    http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2012/0919/Qatar-rich-and-dangerous-eyes-Syria

    Levant

    Worries over violence against churches in Israel
    http://news.yahoo.com/worries-over-violence-against-churches-israel-120126424.html

    In Israel, time change unleashes culture clash
    http://news.yahoo.com/israel-time-change-unleashes-culture-clash-192042851.html

    Price Tag Wars
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mxvlw

    Egypt

    Egyptian Woman Wishes Screaming Protester Husband Would Go Bonkers For Her Once In A While
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/egyptian-woman-wishes-screaming-protester-husband,29627/

    Iran

    Iran could launch pre-emptive Israel strike-commander
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/us-iran-nuclear-israel-preemptive-idUSBRE88M09C20120923

    Commander: Enemies Unaware of IRGC’s War Methods
    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9106242000

    UPDATE 1-Iran readies domestic Internet system, blocks Google
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/23/iran-internet-national-idINL5E8KN2S420120923

    Comedian Maz Jobrani’s Ideas For Iran’s New Internet
    http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161502089/comedian-maz-jobranis-ideas-for-irans-new-internet

    An interview with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/an-interview-with-irans-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad/2012/09/23/2a645816-05d3-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

    Turkey

    Turkish Armed Forces is dead, son of convicted admiral says
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-armed-forces-is-dead-son-of-convicted-admiral-says.aspx?pageID=238&nID=30740&NewsCatID=338

    H/T EA WorldView


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