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Freedom of Expression in Egypt, the Fountainhead of Reform

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

<meta content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Win32)" name="GENERATOR" /><meta content="Kasia" name="AUTHOR" /><meta content="20090213;7490000" name="CREATED" /><meta content="Kasia" name="CHANGEDBY" /><meta content="20090213;7490000" name="CHANGED" /></p> <style> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } A:link { color: #0000ff } --> </style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">After moving to a new, more modern campus (plastered with USAID stickers and heavily gated), the American University in Cairo (AUC) held its inauguration ceremony last Saturday. In keeping with the grandeur expected of such Egyptian ceremonies, the First Lady made an appearance. ‘Mama Suzanne,’ as she is fondly called, lathered on the requisite public praise for education and progress.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Meanwhile, professors whom had been invited to this extra-exclusive ceremony stood not with the Mother of the Nation on this glorious day, but rather in front of riot police at the General Prosecutor’s Headquarters. They were protesting for the release of one of AUC’s own, arrested only the day before. Philip Rizk is a graduate student here, a German-Egyptian, a Christian, an activist for the people of Gaza, a filmmaker, a blogger, a freelance journalist. For four days he was also a <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.metimes.com/International/2009/02/09/german_held_at_secret_location_after_mafia-style_abduction_by_egyptian_police/6828/print/">political detainee</a></u></font> held without charge, as is customary in this country of “progress.”</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The AUC strategy for recovering its kidnapped minds, however, is making progress.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">In January 2007, another graduate student and Arabic language instructor, Ihab Atta was taken by the State Security and held without a trail. Atta is a soft-spoken man, one with a genuine smile. It’s hard to believe anyone like him could be suspected of activities against the government, even one as frustrating as this one. Perhaps it was because no one could even comprehend why Atta was taken that the resistance to his imprisonment was <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://64.34.254.246/printerfriendly.aspx?ArticleID=17788">slow to mobilize</a></u></font>. It took nearly two years to accumulate enough momentum, to determine the right amount – and the right kind—of pressure against the Interior Minister. Finally, Atta was released in the end of last November after local newspapers announced the coming of a media-saturated demonstration to be held at the shiny, new, and progressive campus.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">These two cases illustrate the power of media and awareness. For Ihab, a cautious campaign that tried first to use <em>wusta</em> (political connections, the language of Egyptian bureaucracy), and succeeded years later only after finally turning to the papers. For Philip, a pointed and publicized operation that claimed success in less than a week.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">It’s effectiveness is precisely why the freedom of expression is recurrently under attack by State Security. The 2005 presidential election, the first multiparty contest ever, sparked an explosion of blogs in particular to meet the demand for <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=26150&Valider=OK">alternative reporting</a></u></font> left unfulfilled by state and official media. Of course after the fact, Mubarak’s leading opponent Aymen Nour is still in jail, and authorities now keep tabs on blogs with political and religious content.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The weakness of the Egyptian government is in its appearance, and state authorities know this. This is why <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=25429&Valider=OK">criticizing the President</a></u></font> and his family is a punishable offense; why state police are camped out on every corner of downtown Cairo; why the country will have been living under “<font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.humanrights-geneva.info/The-Last-Extension-of-Emergency,3241">emergency law</a></u></font>” for the past 30 years after its supposed expiration next May; and why the country <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iwvTe-tLxpGRZe2DHifckd_ilIlw">fights Islamists</a></u></font> with one hand and <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8013">secularists</a></u></font> with the other. Despite the state’s widespread <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/02/egypt-a-book-ba.html">incapacity</a></u></font>, the game is maintaining the appearance of strength and to proactively squash any voice that suggests otherwise.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Philip’s freedom is a small victory in the scheme of things, but a very meaningful one. People like him are the fountainhead of reform, the ones who make it their job to fight the big issues that still exist: Thousands of the political opposition are still behind bars, the state still remains impotent, Egypt’s Rafah border with Gaza is <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/world/middleeast/28egypt.html?_r=1&ref=world">still blocked</a></u></font>, other pro-Palestinian bloggers are <font color="#0000ff"><u><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/world/middleeast/12egypt.html">still in captivity</a></u></font>.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">And the fear still lingers that tomorrow someone else will be snatched up and taken away for merely speaking his mind. “I don’t want there to be another Ihab or another Philip,” explained a member of the AUC faculty who was involved in campaigning for both of their releases. “Never again.”</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Kasia Rada, former MFI intern</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><em>Cairo, Egypt</em></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=8" rel="category">Guest blog</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=934#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-740 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-740"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=740" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/8/08)">News and Analysis (8/8/08)</a></h3> <small>Friday, August 8th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Restoration of fired judges in Pakistan would have prevented a chaotic impeachment of Musharraf, says leading lawyer: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/world/asia/09pstan.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">Musharraf Won’t Resign, Allies Say</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Iraqi central government power more dispersed as upcoming elections heighten the importance of regional politics…</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/07/AR2008080702914_pf.html">In Iraq, Regional Politics Heats Up</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">… while Shiite militia looks to restructure into a large civilian cultural section and a smaller group of fighters:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7548543.stm">Mehdi Army to Give Peace a Chance?</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Tensions between Muslims and Hindus over disputed Kashmir region have escalated in the last two weeks:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Kashmir-Shrine-Protests.html?pagewanted=print">Separatist Leaders Detained in Indian Kashmir</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Thousands of miles away from the Beijing Olympics, police close an East Turkestani bazaar in response to group’s warning to Chinese Muslims to distance themselves from public transportation:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-olythreat9-2008aug09,0,4984519,print.story">Islamic Group Threatens Olympic Transport</a> (Los Angeles Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Relatively short sentence dismisses some claims against military court’s unfairness, but Hamdan could still be held indefinitely, or until the end of the “War on Terror”:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0808/p25s29-usju.html">Hamdan Sentenced in First Terror Tribunal</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">East African immigrants from war torn regions make the perilous sea journey from Libya in hopes to reach Europe:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7549048.stm">Migrants Rescued off Italy Coast</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Dissident economist who was held after comments during Syria’s brief stint in freedom of political expression seven years ago is released:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=285589">Syria Frees Economist After Nearly 7 Years in Jail</a> (AP/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=740#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-739 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-739"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=739" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/7/08)">News and Analysis (8/7/08)</a></h3> <small>Thursday, August 7th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Hamdan’s acquittal of terrorist conspiracy but conviction of supporting terrorism heightens debate on the fairness of the military justice system: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/06/AR2008080601092_pf.html">Hamdan Guilty of Terror Support</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">A powerful voice in the region declares “odd” an Iranian threat to the US that would also make foes out of Arab friends:</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=283310">Kuwait FM Blasts Iran Threat to Shut Gulf Strait</a> (AP/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Disagreements over control of oil-rich Kirkuk delays provincial elections until next year, giving the current administration even less to call “success” in Iraq before leaving office:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/world/middleeast/07iraq.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">Iraqis Fail to Agree on Provincial Election Law</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Rival Palestinian parties both push for political leader and potential presidential successor Marwan Barghouti to be one of the prisoners released in Israeli good faith gesture:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0807/p04s02-wome.html">Olmert Pushes Ahead on Palestinian, Syrian Peace Tracks</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">As Turkey looks to take the role of regional problem solver, Syria seeks association and discussion in order to have a voice in peace efforts: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=282009">Syria’s Assad Meets Erdogan for Peace Talks</a> (Reuters/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">It is highly likely, but not certain, that the new ruling coalition could impeach President Musharraf who by now has little say in daily affairs and already ceded military control:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-pakistan8-2008-aug08,0,4047298.story">Pakistan Coalition Cranks Up Pressure on Musharraf</a> (Los Angeles Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Political leader Anwar Ibrahim says he will hold the Prime Minister orchestrating his prosecution “personally responsible” for riots over allegations against him:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/08/07/anwar-faces-sodomy-charge-malaysia-election.html">Anwar Faces Sodomy Charge Before Malaysia Election</a> (Jakarta Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Ten years after Nairobi embassy bombing, lawlessness in neighboring Somalia and victimization of local Muslims are concerns:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7547046.stm">Somalia ‘Threatens’ Kenya Peace</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=739#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-738 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-738"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=738" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/6/08)">News and Analysis (8/6/08)</a></h3> <small>Wednesday, August 6th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">As oil revenue contributes to the Iraqi budget surplus, the US looks to transition financial responsibility for reconstruction projects: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/world/middleeast/06surplus.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">As Iraq Surplus Rises, Little Goes Into Rebuilding</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Shia cleric says his militia will lay down weapons, but insists resistance to US occupation remains a legitimate right:</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7545182.stm">Mehdi Army ‘Stops Carrying Arms’</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Minor al-Qaeda figure’s trial is a test run for the legal process involved in the eventual closing of Guantanamo:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=282645">Trial Could Cring US Closer to Closing Guantanamo</a> (AP/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">“Corrupt” but freely elected government in Mauritania is overthrown by recently fired military generals:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Mauritania-Coup.html?hp=&pagewanted=print">Coup Reported in Mauritania</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Pakistan government wants to affirm control of ISI, but the agency’s alleged support for the Taliban could be driven by rival India’s growing influence in neighboring Afghanistan…</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0807/p07s01-wosc.html">Can Pakistan Clean Up Its Intelligence Agency?</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">…meanwhile the US praises its training of the Afghan Army, but realizes the inadequacy in the national police force to counter rising insurgency:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/05/AR2008080503503_pf.html">A Ragtag Pursuit of the Taliban</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">While the Algerian government has made combating terrorism a goal, last weekend’s attack shows the Al Qaeda’s capabilities expanding in northern Africa:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0805/p99s04-duts.html">Bombing Suggests Al Qaeda Remains a Threat in Algeria</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">US Embassy says large weapons cache uncovered by Kyrgyz police was intended for local counterterrorism training:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=MTM2Mjk3NA%3D%3D">Kyrgyz Cops Find Weapons in US Citizen’s Apartment</a> (AP)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=738#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-737 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-737"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=737" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/5/08)">News and Analysis (8/5/08)</a></h3> <small>Tuesday, August 5th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">With Iraqi Prime Minister’s recent troop reductions comments still resonate, President Bush now agrees to a “time horizon” for transitioning control to Iraqis: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/05/AR2008080500929_pf.html">Bush Sees Common Ground With Maliki on Troop Reductions</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">East Asian Studies professor says China continues to vilify the East Turkestan Islamic Movement</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">, which doesn’t have the resources for an attack even if it wanted to:</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/asia/05china.html?pagewanted=print">Ambush in China Raises Concerns as Olympics Near</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">U.S.officials allege ne of Amnesty International’s “disappeared” terror suspects used her MIT education to reach Al Qaeda inner circles:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-siddiqui5-2008aug05,0,6290615,print.story">Accused Al Qaeda Sleeper Agent in Custody</a> (Los Angeles Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">With informal deal deadline past, yesterday’s phone call between Iran and six world powers was also “not conclusive”:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=280790">WRAPUP 4-Iran Says It Won’t Halt Nuclear Work, Talks to EU</a> (Reuters/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Palestinian clan, tossed between two main factions, finds many of its members saved by Israelis and now interrogated:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/middleeast/05mideast.html?pagewanted=print">In Gaza, a Blurry Line Between Enemies and Friends</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Indian-Afghan friendship signaled by development aid and recent collaborative accusations against Pakistan have Pakistan on edge:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=280308">India Announces $450 Million Aid to Afghanistan</a> (Reuters/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Landmark agreement that would expand Muslim homeland in a southern island is blocked by the Philippine Supreme Court over questions of constitutionality:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0805/p06s01-woap.html">Philippines’ Peace Accord Blocked</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Muslims recognize the benefits of tourism and would like to make the most of Western knowledge as long as they can preserve their religion:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7536985.stm">East Meets West on Island Paradise</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=737#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-736 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-736"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=736" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/4/08)">News and Analysis (8/4/08)</a></h3> <small>Monday, August 4th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Olympics-related security hype has given China momentum to conduct raids on Uighur Muslims, and now </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">police arrest assailants without explaining their motives or affiliations</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">: </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/03/AR2008080302160_pf.html">Truck, Grenade Attack in China Kills 16 Policemen</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">As the threat of sanctions looms following a missed nuke-deal deadline, Iran warns of its ability to close critical Persian Gulf waterway:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/middleeast/05iran.html?hp=&pagewanted=print">Iran Escalates Military Rhetoric in Nuclear Face-Off</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Wounded Palestinians receive medical treatment on the condition that they become informants:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7540125.stm">Ill Palestinians ‘Asked to Spy’</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Reevaluating counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan, Canada considers de-incentivizing opium production at the processing and shipment levels:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h5VCX8Aq5GrcYbewNtdn5l3ziooA">Burning Poppy Crops Not the Solution to Afghanistan’s Poppy Crisis: Emerson</a> (Canadian Press)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Seven Baha’i Iranians reportedly confess to establishing an illegal institution aimed at undermining the Islamic government:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=279558">Iran Accuses Arrested Baha’is of Israel Links-Report</a> (Reuters/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">A police raid called for by the US fails to capture man in charge of 1998 embassy bombings, but instead arrests his relatives accused of harboring him:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7540414.stm">Kenya Manhunt for al-Qaeda Wanted</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">A Turkish show manages to connect with Saudis where Western shows can’t, inspiring tourism, independent women’s roles, as well as a cleric’s objections:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR2008080201547_pf.html">A Subversive Soap Roils Saudi Arabia</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">For incarcerated Afghan women, access to medical treatment, education, and safety from those seeking revenge is reason enough to keep their children there:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080803/ap_on_re_as/afghan_children_in_prison&printer=1;_ylt=Ar9rHOSoEEkziSw29ZTEogv9xg8F">Afghan Mothers Keep Their Kids with Them in Prison</a> (AP)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=736#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-735 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-735"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=735" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/2-8/3/2008)">News and Analysis (8/2-8/3/2008)</a></h3> <small>Sunday, August 3rd, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="margin-left: 0in">Escalating intra-Palestinian violence spurs Israeli assistance to Fatah’s wounded:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/world/middleeast/03gaza.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">9 Dead in Hamas Raid on Pro-Fatah Clan in Gaza</a> (New York Times)<span /></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) still denies role in Istanbul attacks, but eight will be charged with PKK membership in light of “strong evidence”:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7539054.stm">Istanbul Bombings ‘Suspects Held’</a> (BBC News)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Displaced people found themselves caught between Taliban and US/NATO fighting in Afghanistan’s South and move to Kabul due to deteriorating security:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/world/asia/03afghan.html?pagewanted=print">As the Fighting Swells in Afghanistan, So Does a Refugee Camp in Its Capital</a><span style="color: #333333"> (New York Times)</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Following US accusations and political pressures, Pakistan announces it will investigate its spy agency’s involvement in last month’s bombings on the Indian embassy in Kabul…</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7536543.stm">Pakistan to Probe Embassy Bombing</a> (BBC News)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">… as well as assure the Pentagon it is moving major units of its military into tribal areas to confront Taliban forces:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-uspakistan3-2008aug03,0,5934208,print.story">Pakistan May Step up Action Against Insurgents</a> (Los Angeles Times)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is suspected to be responsible for blast:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/world/international-algeria-bombing.html?pagewanted=print">Algeria Car Bomb Wounds 21, Ministry Says </a> (New York Times)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Street cleaners are among the dead in extremists’ roadside bomb as chaos continues…</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7539395.stm">Somalia Bombing ‘Kills 15 Women’ </a> <span style="color: black">(BBC News)</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">…meanwhile, resigning Somali ministers in the Transitional Federal Government site the Prime Minister’s “power abuse” and “dictatorial tendencies”:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/200808020003.html">10 Cabinet Ministers Resign As Govt Row Deepens</a>  (Garowe Online/All Africa)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">“My real crime is speaking out in defense of the democratic governance Egyptians deserve,” a journalist sentenced to prison for “harming” Egypt’s reputation wrote:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR2008080201545_pf.html">Egyptian Judge Sentences Exiled Dissident to Prison for Writings in ‘Foreign Press’</a><span style="color: #333333"> (Washington Post)</span></p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Bangladeshi laborers are deported from Kuwait after protests over contracts and rights:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0802/p25s25-wome.html">Kuwait Ramps up Deportation of Asian Workers</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Government water subsidies where the supply is limited and government corruption, rather than an over-active free market economy as LA Times staff writer claims, are more likely reasons for Yemen’s ecological nightmare:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-water3-2008aug03,0,3029884,print.story">In Yemen, a Race for Profit is Hastening a Water Crisis</a> (Los Angeles Times)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">Understanding globalization, a local Iranian cleric urges villagers to exploit opportunities in the tourism industry to avoid having to leave for the city to find work:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/02/AR2008080201555_pf.html">An Iranian Jewel’s Rough New Facet</a> (Washington Post)</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0.75in"> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle" style="margin-left: 0in">In an upcoming election, Indonesian “spirit is toward reform, so there will be no censorship” of the press:</p> <p class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast" style="margin-left: 0.25in; text-indent: 0in"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol">·         </span><!--[endif]--><a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/08/02/sby-promises-press-freedom-during-election.html">SBY Promises Press Freedom During Election</a> <span style="color: black">(Jakarta Post)</span></p> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=735#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-734 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-734"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=734" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (8/1/08)">News and Analysis (8/1/08)</a></h3> <small>Friday, August 1st, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Acknowledging that they have no control over what OBL’s driver divulges if he is freed, the military hears classified testimonies in the trial that seems fixed to convict him: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/01/AR2008080102925_pf.html">Hamdan Trial Closed for Testimony of Two Defense Witnesses</a> (Washington Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Tit-for-tat arrests between rival political groups do nothing more than “perpetuate divisions” in Palestine:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Palestinians-Gaza.html?hp=&pagewanted=print">Fatah Says Hamas Arrested Leaders</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">European oil companies seeking to invest in Iran give in to US political pressures:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e291c944-5f62-11dd-91c0-000077b07658.html?nclick_check=1">US Forces Statoil to Hold Back from Iran Operations</a> (Financial Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">With the introduction of sports programs, former Iraqi athletes hope to make sectarian divisions irrelevant and give children positive options:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0801/p12s01-wome.html">New Sports Center Helps Iraqi Youths Opt Out of Insurgency</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Having earlier this week <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/world/asia/30pstan.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">linked Pakistan’s ISI to tribal insurgency</a>, the US now joins Afghanistan in accusations for last month’s <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/14/world/main4261417.shtml">bombing at the Indian embassy</a> in Kabul, further pressuring Pakistan’s new civilian government:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/world/asia/01pstan.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">Pakistanis Aided Attack in Kabul, U.S. Officials Say</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">As attacks on civilians and NGOs increase in number, aid agencies fear some areas too dangerous to operate in will suffer:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7536422.stm">Aid Warning Over Afghan Violence</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Putin indicates cooperation with Libya’s requests for products from Russia’s military industrial complex:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://wiredispatch.com/news/print/?id=275753">Libya Seeking to Buy Russian Arms – PM Putin</a> (Reuters/Wiredispatch)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">As preparations are made for terrorists’ executions, lawyers intend to challenge the constitutionality of a firing squad:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/08/01/indonesia-readies-firing-squads-bali-bombers-police.html">Indonesia Readies Firing Squads for Bali Bombers: Police</a> (Jakarta Post)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=734#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-733 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-733"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=733" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (7/31/08)">News and Analysis (7/31/08)</a></h3> <small>Thursday, July 31st, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Islamic organization complies with requests for publicly-available evidence in a monumental lawsuit over the national surveillance program’s legality: </span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/30/BASO121L4U.DTL&type=printable">Muslim Ex-Charity Has Evidence It Was Spied On</a> (San Francisco Chronicle)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Politically-charged AKP trail ends in financial sanctions rather than disbandment of the ruling party, avoiding what could have been a political and economic crisis in </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Turkey</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-turkey31-2008jul31,0,6267599,print.story">Turkey Court Decides Against Ban on Ruling AKP Party</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Los Angeles</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Under </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Australia</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">’s newly revamped immigration policy, Afghan and Iraqi refugees seeking asylum will no longer be detained for years in off-shore camps:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0730/p99s01-duts.html">Australia No Longer to Detain Asylum Seekers</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Insurgents in Iraq have not been eradicated, but merely pressed to relocate their operations to Afghanistan and Pakistan:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073003239_pf.html">Al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader May Be in Afghanistan</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Washington</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Internet cafes, cable providers, and music stores are among those considered the “traitors of Allah” in a recent threat by Pakistani Taliban:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://dailytimes.com.pk/print.asp?page=2008%5C07%5C31%5Cstory_31-7-2008_pg7_18">Taliban Warn ‘un-Islamic’ Businesses of Dire Consequences</a> (Daily Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Syrian critics of the government on assert their Damascus Declaration calling for democracy was non-offensive and made in defense of the homeland:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=127259">Syria Holds Trial Against ‘Dissidents’</a> (The News International)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Member of the religious police accused of violating the religious law he purports to enforce by taking more wives than the law allows:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7535088.stm">Saudi Accused of Having Six Wives</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">In Steven T. Wax’s “Kafka Comes to </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">America</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">,” the accounts of two men jailed without charge illustrate “the threat from terrorists is real, but the unfortunate reality is that the threat from an overzealous response to terrorism is real as well”:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/30/AR2008073002736_pf.html">Taking Liberties</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Washington</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Following the release of a report that disproved politically-charged allegations against him, Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim seeks to regain his original seat in Parliament:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/07/31/malaysia039s-anwar-fight-election-wife039s-seat.html">Malaysia’s Anwar to Fight Election in Wife’s Seat</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Jakarta</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Post)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=733#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="post-732 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-news-and-analysis"> <h3 id="post-732"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=732" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to News and Analysis (7/30/08)">News and Analysis (7/30/08)</a></h3> <small>Wednesday, July 30th, 2008</small> <div class="entry"> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Greater focus on military operations than reconstruction in </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Iraq</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> creates a poor job market </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> outside of the government and police force:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial" /></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0730/p01s01-wome.html">Iraqis More Secure, But Few Are Finding Jobs</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0730/p10s01-wome.html">Sons of Iraq Made Iraq Safer. What’s Their Mission Now?</a> (Christian Science Monitor)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Turkish military uses </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Istanbul</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> explosions as an excuse to strike Kurdish Iraq again:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/2470744/Turkish-warplanes-bomb-northern-Iraq-in-terror-retaliation.html">Turkish Warplanes Bomb Northern Iraq in Terror Retaliation</a> (Telegraph)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Giving a blunt warning of American intervention, the CIA dispatches an emissary to </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Pakistan</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">’s new civilian government to illustrate ISI-Taliban militancy connections…</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/world/asia/30pstan.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print">C.I.A. Outlines Pakistan Links With Militants</a> (New York Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">…and a recent military breach of the Swat-region peace deal could be it’s response to US pressures to assert its feeble authority:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7532403.stm">Pakistan Army ‘Kills Militants’</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoBodyText"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Underscoring the increasing Fatah-Hamas divide within Palestine, Human Rights Watch accuses both groups of arbitrary arrests and torture:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902049_pf.html">Rights Group Reports Torture by Palestinian Security Forces</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Washington</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Post)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">British House of Lords excuses Saudi’s threat to withdraw national security cooperation in response to the investigation of an arms deal’s legality:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7532714.stm">Lords Says SFO Saudi Move Lawful</a> (BBC News)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">A new media law would further clamp down on freedom of expression, but one Egyptian laments that people trying to make ends meet in a soured economy don’t have time for political activity anyway:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://fairuse.100webcustomers.com/itsonlyfair/latimes0421.html">Leftists’ Dreams Die Hard in Egypt</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Los Angeles</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Times)</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Observers, scholars, and government representatives will discuss conflicts in Muslim countries at an Indonesian conference:</span></p> <ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in"> <li class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"><a href="http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2008/07/30/president-open-international-conference-islamic-scholars.html">President to Open International Conference of Islamic Scholars</a> (</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial">Jakarta</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial"> Post)</span></li> </ul> </div> <p class="postmetadata"> Posted in <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?cat=2" rel="category">news and analysis</a> | <a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?p=732#respond">No Comments »</a></p> </div> <div class="navigation"> <div class="alignleft"><a href="https://blog.minaret.org/?author=12&paged=2" >« Older Entries</a></div> <div class="alignright"></div> </div> </div> <div id="sidebar" role="complementary"> <ul> <li> <form role="search" method="get" id="searchform" class="searchform" action="https://blog.minaret.org/"> <div> <label class="screen-reader-text" for="s">Search for:</label> <input type="text" value="" name="s" id="s" /> <input type="submit" id="searchsubmit" value="Search" /> </div> </form> </li> <!-- Author information is disabled per default. 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