Archive for May, 2010

News and Analysis (5/31/10)

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Victims of the Israeli attack on a ship full of humanitarian aid say they were unarmed, and a video shows no resistance on a Turkish ship against Israeli troops firing immediately after boarding

… prompting protests around the world including Turks, Israeli Jews  (“No one in the world will believe the lies and excuses which the government and army spokesmen come up with”) and Arabs, and even Americans:

Although subsidizing farming has produced results, the strategy ignores the longer-term consequences of a society dependent on unsustainable government handouts:

“While the Bush era saw the US … squeezing the defiant few like Syria and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, today’s Middle East sees a power vacuum led by partial US retreat being filled by assertive regional and middle powers”:

Diyala is one of the few provinces where the US military still supports Iraqi forces, who are viewed with skepticism:

After four years of political isolation, the international community begins to accept Hamas’ role in leading Palestinians:

US is requesting Pakistan provide it with more detailed  information on Pakistanis who fly to other countries, an unpopular infringement on citizen’s rights:

News and Analysis (5/29-30/10)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

As Israel prepares to use force against another humanitarian aid effort to Gaza, some Israelis complain the blockade “has done little to speed the release of Shalit or weaken Hamas’ grip on power”:

Serious allegations of abuse, including sexual abuse surround the 340 children still in Israeli jails:

Seemingly oblivious to the factors necessary for a sound currency:

“Members of the Ahmadi sect were officially declared non-Muslims in 1974 and are the generally the most persecuted of Pakistan’s minority groups”:

Although the investigation demonstrates progress citing “inaccurate and unprofessional” reporting on behalf of the drone operators, little is mentioned about specific techniques to prevent further civilian causalities:

“It’s a seed of peace…. We believe that this is significant step in the Muslim community to counteract the hate and fanaticism in the minority of the community” – board member Rob Townley:

News and Analysis (5/28/10)

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Reflecting a shift from the post 9/11 narrowly military approach, how long before the new strategy yields results?

“[T]he mounting international concern over drones comes as the Obama administration legal team has been quietly struggling over how to justify such counterterrorism efforts while obeying the laws of war”:

Treatment of Arab activists denied attorneys for weeks and put under a gag order only partially lifted Thursday provokes a call for a special investigation:

The reported death of “Pakistani Taliban” leader Fazlullah could have consequences for the entire region, including a massive military strike in North Waziristan threatened by Pakistan:

Water shortages have the potential to be as destabilizing as any other crisis effecting Pakistani / Indian relations:

With a political divide of Sudan looming, how much longer can Bashir expect to maintain control:

News and Analysis (5/27/10)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Allegations of torture and the detention of women and children to extract information from al-Qaeda suspects has Iraqis fearful that the withdrawal of US troops will unleash human rights abuses across Iraq:

“Mr Obama must know that this proposal is a historic opportunity. [Obama should] know that if this opportunity is lost, I doubt the Iranian nation will give a new chance to this gentleman in the future” -Ahmadinejad:

A non-Muslim, Krista Bremer speaks about allowing her nine-year-old daughter to explore Islam and choose the Hijab for herself:

“One the biggest roadblocks to recovery and awareness in Muslim and Arab communities is denial and shame”

“If the Israelis try to stop us, this will be a huge diplomatic and political crises for them…. [T]he international community is not accepting the siege on Gaza” – Hanin Zuabi, a member of the Israeli parliament who is on board the flotilla:

News and Analysis (5/26/10)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

“The evidence was part of an emphatic American warning that there would be ‘inevitable pressure’ on the United States to take action if there was an attack traceable to Pakistan that resulted in U.S. casualties”:

“I would work anywhere else, for less money, without a second thought,” says one worker, but there is no alternative; “It’s either this or stealing,” says another:

An advocate of free markets, but not an apologist for American foreign policy, Saif Gaddafi is one of three sons competing to replace their father, Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi:

“Without producing any evidence, Schlussel accused Fakih’s family of being card-carrying members of the Lebanese extremist group Hezbollah”:

Purportedly reviving a strategy used to gain control over Afghanistan in the 1990’s, Taliban kill village elders to render communities compliant with the murderers’ demands:

As Israelis debate whether the withdrawal from Lebanon was in their best interest, Hezbollah has no doubts about the value of armed resistance to occupation:

Behind the Pakistani predilection for conspiracy theories lie “very real reasons for Pakistanis to be skeptical of the United States”:

News and Analysis (5/25/10)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“General Petraeus’s September order is focused on intelligence gathering … to identify militants and provide ‘persistent situational awareness,’ while forging ties to local indigenous groups”:

Conspiracy theories that the US intends to prolong the conflict in an effort to keep troops in Afghanistan are widespread in Afghanistan:

Whether “Turkey’s foreign policy is driven by the current government’s Islamic ideology or geopolitical necessities has become one of the most debated topics among Turkey experts”:

As US military leaders continue to hand over command to their Iraqi counterparts:

Cutting itself slack it would never grant to Iran, Israel argues the document only shows Israel offered to sell Jericho ground-to-ground missiles and reports of offers of nuclear warheads are merely “selective interpretation”:

Reflecting an important shift in US policy and intentions into the future:

News and Analysis (5/24/10)

Monday, May 24th, 2010

While Israel is eager to cover up its role in nuclear arms proliferation, the “ANC government is not so worried about protecting the dirty laundry of the apartheid regime’s old allies” …

… while Western powers reject the Turkish-brokered deal closely resembling the one the US offered in October 2009, arguing with a now bigger stockpile means Iran “could still be left with enough for a nuclear warhead” …

… Yet, it’s only been a month since President Obama stated that the US and Turkey must “work together to overcome the challenges of our time”:

A US official defends the policy claiming no shots are fired in 4 out of 5 night raids and civilian casualties occur in less than 2% of raids, while the father of a 9th-grade fatality insists, “There were no Talibs here — none”:

The Afghan government estimates there are about 40,000 Taliban members to be reintegrated into Afghani society:

Pakistan faces difficult decisions with pressure from the US to gain control over North Waziristan, a move that experts say “could trigger a backlash of terrorist attacks from within the heartland”:

News and Analysis (5/22-23/2010)

Monday, May 24th, 2010

“The Obama administration has won the legal right to hold its terrorism suspects indefinitely and without oversight by judges — not at Guantanamo or in Illinois, but rather at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan”:

Questions about gender equality emerge as women continue to challenge the traditional separation of men and women during prayers:

Unable to pay government employees a full salary for almost two months, Israel’s blockade is now causing a major budgetary shortfall for Hamas:

Without a plan B, Obama has bet all his chips that “the Kandahar operation, backed by thousands of U.S. troops and billions of dollars, will break the mystique and morale of the insurgents, turn the tide of the war”:

Without international pressure, a non-violent strategy for Palestinian statehood has limited chances for success:

In what could have serious implications for US/Pakistani relations, the report indicates a Pakistani Major spoke to Shahzad as he was parking his SUV in Times Square:

Trade has always been an integral part of Duabi’s economy and now Dubai has become one of the smuggling capitals of the world:

News and Analysis (5/21/10)

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Suffocated to death while being transported between detention centers, the bodies also had bruises and burns from electric shocks:

“Al Jazeera’s Dan Nolan … says that Western officials have been deliberately excluded from the process. ‘The people organising these talks say these are Afghan problems that need Afghan solutions””:

Although Israel would prefer strong sanctions, it agrees to join on what they consider sanctions “without teeth”:

The hikers admit to being well fed, given access to health care, and allowed to watch television, read books and receive mail from their families however still hope for their release on “humanitarian grounds”:

Saying that as “honest, law-abiding citizens, we ought to have the same rights as other Americans,” Imam Johari Abdul-Malik objects that “certain individuals who are against Muslims would impugn the character of the mosque” innocent of any crime”:

News and Analysis (5/20/2010)

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Is the U.S. silence related to its role in providing another non-signer of the NPT (Israel) with nuclear technology in the past?

Fighting gender inequality in Saudi Arabia with the weapons at hand:

Political unrest continues to undermine Iraq’s ability to maintain a stable and successful middle class:

As Pakistan blocks YouTube, which makes up about 20%-25% of Pakistan’s total internet traffic, over the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” …

… we can’t help but wonder why they didn’t just call for “Everybody Draw Elie Wiesel Day” instead:

“Among some analysts, there’s a view that the resolution was created to show the West that Saudi Arabia is committed to fighting terrorism, rather than to be an effective counterterrorism measure in itself”:

Citing what it called the TV channel’s “breach of media norms” after Al Jazeera broadcast a report on poverty in Bahrain: