Archive for October, 2008

News and Analysis (10/22/08)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Guantanamo detainees remain held as “enemy combatants” despite not facing any charges:

Forces attack Afghan allies in a case of “mistaken identity”:

Iran, Qatar and Russia, who control 60% of natural gas reserves, have agreed to form an OPEC-like organization:

Internal disputes and proxy fighting rages on:

“Between 60,000 and 100,000 children in this state of 5.5 million people are thought to be orphans:”

Symbolic stand taken against Israeli settlers by Prime Minister who claims their actions are “nothing short of terrorism”:

News and Analysis (10/21/08)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Muslims accuse the government of using provocateurs to urge them “to shoot people, to blow them up” and entrap those who protest “Why would you want to do that? It’s forbidden in our religion:”

The brother of a man known for his criticism of the Balkh provincial authorities has his life sentence for distributing an article questioning why Muslim women are not allowed four husbands reduced:

U.S. backed Awakening leaders maintain tribal law while bidding for national recognition:

Popular blog turned into a book captures the frustrations of Egyptians trying to get married:

Kurdish-Arab relations continue to threaten the stability of Iraqi state:

Egypt plans conference intending to restore Palestinian unity:

Open for the first time in six decades, trade route hopes to reduce tensions:

News and Analysis (10/20/08)

Monday, October 20th, 2008

General Powell becomes first Republican notable to give the correct response to the “charge” that Obama is a Muslim (beginning at 4:26 in the clip):

Question remain as to whether  American troops will leave by 2011 and who decides when they are subject to Iraqi courts:

Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline might improve diplomatic relations as well as energy supplies:

Why the guitar store changed its name:

Acts of espionage discovered around Iran’s uranium enrichment plant:

Decreasing oil prices threaten the economy of Iran…

… but, paradoxically, have spurred hope for resolution of the stalled Iraqi oil agreement:

News and Analysis (10/18/08 – 10/19/08)

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Chinese Muslims in Xinjiang “live under an intricate series of laws and regulations intended to control the spread and practice of Islam”:

Protesters rally to prevent US-Iraq security pact…

… Meanwhile, US officials also challenge the terms of the security deal:

U.S. says Iraqi captives confess to receiving Iranian training and using Iranian safehouses:

Accusations of mistreatment spark clashes with police:

General under fire after accusing Iraqi parliament members of taking Iranian bribes:

Two new nuclear power plants to be made as an attempt to curb energy shortages:

News and Analysis (10/17/08)

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Iraq struggles to manage the national budget and distribute funds:

Former mayor says he will not negotiate with goverment as long as foreign troops occupy Afghanistan:

Intolerance and Islamophobia continue to  rise in Europe:

Despite promises to curb civilian deaths, around 25 – 30 dead in yesterday’s airstrike:

“Palestinians remain deeply frustrated that a year of U.S.-backed peace negotiations has yielded no discernible changes in settlement growth”

Neighborhoods lay in ruins, families remain uncertain if they will ever return:

News and Analysis (10/16/08)

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Iraq obtains “the right to prosecute U.S. soldiers for serious crimes under certain circumstances”:

Pakistan seeks up to 3 billion in emergency assistance:

US plan to arm tribes against the Taliban risks outbreak of civil war:

NATO commanders call for a reduction in airstrikes in order to reduce civilian casualties:

Despite a dramatic drop in the price of oil, Gulf States continue to invest:

US containment policy towards Iran fails:

News and Analysis (10/15/08)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Rampant crime and poverty lead many Afghans to recognize Taliban rule for security…

…Meanwhile, the Taliban continue to increase their ideological influence:

“When did the words “Muslim” and “Arab” become acceptable epithets?”

Syria and Lebanon take the first step towards reconciliation with the promise of an embassy and diplomatic relations:

“Jews, Frustrated by Israeli Army Inaction, Press Attacks on Palestinians”:

As US control over Afghanistan deteriorates, an increasing number of  “foreign fighters” join the insurgency:

    News and Analysis (10/14/08)

    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

    Poor translating, yet another injustice perpetrated by the US Defense Department:

    After being assaulted by Jewish youth Tawfiq Jamal is detained for “disrupting the sanctity of Yom Kippur, when most Israelis observe a religious ban on driving“:

    Turkey remains a unique battleground between secularism and Islam:

    “Current production is by no means meeting demand for the reconstruction of the country,” – Hussein al-Shahristani, Iraq’s oil minister

    Stability remains uncertain amongst economic downturn, a growing insurgency and a relatively new government:

    Analysis indicate Iran would look favorably on US request to open an interest section:

    News and Analysis (10-13-08)

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    Approximately 4,100 troops are no longer needed “in the south of the country” – Nuri al-Maliki

    Iraqi government orders additional protection for Christians experiencing recent increase in persecution:

    Iranian government implimentation of a 3% value-added tax meets heavy criticism:

    Sewage running directly into river destroys the fishing industry:

    In “a move analysts saw as a bid to boost his standing ahead of the country’s presidential election in 2009”:

    Supporters promise to boycott elections unless charges against political leaders are removed:

    News and Analysis (10/11/08 – 10/12/08)

    Sunday, October 12th, 2008

    Violence stemming from a Yom Kippur incident involving an Arab motorist continues:

    Controversy brews as Golshifteh Farahani appears without a headscarf on Hollywood’s red carpet:

    Providing schools and proper education a top priority in stabilizing Iraq and encouraging Iraqis to return:

    “A British company has delayed publication of a controversial novel about one of the Prophet Muhammad’s wives after its offices were fire-bombed”:

    Karzai acts to improve an inept government in response to the recent surge of Taliban power and influence:

    Restrictions under Hussein, previous international sanctions and security risks hindered hobbyist’s true passion:

    Barzani is one of five Iraqi leaders who must approve an agreement allowing US troops to remain in Iraqi past December: