Archive for December, 2009

News and Analysis (12/10/09)

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A wartime president accepts the Nobel Peace Prize because war is justified “as a last resort or in self-defense; if the forced used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence,” but makes no mention of Gaza:

As Iranians deal with unprecedented levels of militarization in their society…

… Amnesty International “documents ‘patterns of abuse’…involving beatings, rape, death threats, forced confessions, intimidation and official cover-ups”:

US and its allies still offer new Afghan recruits less than the Taliban does:

The young men’s intent is unknown and charges have yet to be filed:

With the elections approaching amid “a string of car bombings,” security must be a top priority of the Iraqi government:

News and Analysis (12/09/2009)

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Two hundred and four have already been arrested in another breakout of angry dissent in Iran …

…joined by Iranian Kurds …

… while in Turkey a constitutional court may “undermine the government’s efforts to end its long-running conflict with the country’s Kurdish minority”:

“This muffled threat felt by so many people in our old European nations, rightly or wrongly, weighs on their identity… We must all speak about this together, out of fear that, if it is kept hidden, this sentiment could end up nourishing a terrible rancor”:

As EU members back down from explicit language that East Jerusalem be the capital of a Palestinian state …

… there is now no uncontaminated water in Gaza placing over half the 40,000 newborn babies at great risk:

“As a visibly uncomfortable Gates stood next to him at a joint news conference,” Karzai said Afghanistan will need military aid for at least another fifteen years:

News and Analysis (12/8/09)

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Re-enforcing US fears of homegrown terrorists:

US ultimatum threatens to “use considerably more force on the Pakistani side of the border to shut down Taliban attacks”

Turkey has an opportunity to serve as a diplomatic bridge between the West and the Muslim world:

Gates objects that Afghani corruption is painted “with too broad a brush” because there ministers and governors who are “capable, competent and honest'”:

Every protest brings a stronger push for compromise between Ahmadinejad and opposition forces:

Will the attack on Pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city change Pakistani perceptions of the Taliban War?

News and Analysis (12/7/09)

Monday, December 7th, 2009

“They said if I collaborated with them it would be a good thing for the Palestinians, that it would help them target Hamas leaders, not accidentally kill civilians… They said I would get a permit to enter Israel in return. They offered money, they said I would be allowed to travel abroad”:

The proposal distributes seats according to 2005 population data, accounts for a nationwide 2.8 percent population increase and counts the votes of Iraqis overseas in their province of origin:

Critics argue equipment left in Iraq cannot be considered “excess” when the US government is purchasing the same items to ship to Afghanistan:

Chants of “death to the dictator” reign out as students continue to protest against Ahmadinejad’s election:

The amnesty agreement has been targeted as “unconstitutional and the debate over its legitimacy has received a great deal of coverage in Pakistani media”:

Again denying accusations the administrations has any timetable for quick withdrawal:

News and Analysis (12/5-6/09)

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Israel continues to suffocate the citizens of Gaza without fear of international reprimand…

…”That an Irish foreign minister is not permitted to visit a region to assess a humanitarian situation is almost without precedent and is tantamount to censorship”:

With one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, Yemen has has no minimum age for marriage …

… Meanwhile, a regional conflict looms as the Yemeni government struggles to provide for its citizens:

In  Egypt “public conservatism is at odds with a government that is viewed not only as secular but as autocratic, corrupt and uncaring”:

Obama’s strategy seems to be winning over conservatives and moderates in the polls, but lack of progress could quickly change American attitudes…

… Just a few days into the troop surge, a crucial loss for Obama:

News and Analysis (12/4/09)

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Serving as America’s gateway into the Middle East, Turkey is too valuable an ally to lose:

As NATO forces answer the US call for troops in Afghanistan…

Nobel prize nominee Greg Mortenson argues that only a grass roots education program and the trust of the local population will lead to success against the Taliban:

According to David Miliband, in Hezbollah Britain could have a powerful ally in against al-Qaida and might “even put some daylight between Hezbollah and its main backer, Iran”:

No wonder Pakistanis are skeptical of US intentions:

“July 2011, the time at which the president said the United States will begin to draw down our forces, will be the beginning…. But the pace and character of that drawdown … will be determined by conditions on the ground. It will be a gradual but inexorable process.” – Gates:

News and Analysis (12/3/09)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

“In the 42 years that Israel has had full control of the city, it has on average revoked the Jerusalem residency permits of about 200 people a year … The previous high had been 1,363, in 2006”:

Ahmadinejad continues to show absolute resolve in the face of international pressure:

Obama’s troop surge will likely push the total cost of Afghanistan and Iraq Wars over $1 trillion dollars …

… and Pakistanis believe the possibility of quick withdrawal leaves little incentive to cut ties with Taliban leadership, a previous ally who could be used to help shape a favorable government in Afghanistan…

… Meanwhile, “Across ethnic lines, Afghans interviewed in Kabul have concluded that foreign troops must not be working hard, or perhaps prefer to have an excuse to occupy”:

Will the election legislation be approved or will Iraqi be thrown back into political chaos?

News and Analysis (12/2/09)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Obama seeks “to prepare the country for the heavier fighting and higher casualties that are likely to result from his [Afghan] strategy in the months ahead….

… but he was neither specific nor open the essential role of Pakistan, which is suspicious of American intentions …

… Meanwhile:

After all, Fox News can claim it is “fair and balanced”:

“There is no imminent danger of settlers declaring an all-out mutiny … [b]ut they are hoping that Netanyahu’s hard-right colleagues in the Likud Party will put enough pressure on him to force the government to rescind the ban”:

Arguing that the threat of Israeli aggression “calls for Lebanon to have a defense strategy built on the presence of a popular resistance … and a national army that protects the country and its stability”:

News and Analysis (12/1/09)

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Tripling the troop commitment since his inauguration, the President has made Afghanistan War Obama’s war:

Facing political pressure from every branch of government,  Zardari can’t appease everyone:

Tory MP complains, “A normal nation would stop a yacht, check it out, maybe take it back to shore and get rid of them. But this is five, six days into the incident. That is much more worrying, that is more deliberate”:

Abu Dhabi, “cautiously expanding its skyline and portfolio,” warns it may have already put too many assets into Dubai, saying, “‘At some point, you have to temper your support for your own brother when he keeps getting into trouble”:

Forbidden to run and shoved out of their own bathroom, women decribe the second-class treatment of Hajj:

A reminder than Iran’s nuclear history began with heavy US support: