Archive for May, 2008

News and Analysis (5/30/08)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Israel uses gunfire and teargas on protestors against the siege, while U.S. caves to Israeli interference on scholarship students:

U.S., Russia, Pakistan, India, China and Israel reject ban on weapon used by last when it dropped one million of the bomblets on Lebanon:

U.S. stands by the National Intelligence Estimate despite conservative critics’ allegations rooted in what might be rather than what is known:

Could talking to al-Qaeda be as productive as talking to the I.R.A.?

A bloody reminder that depicting Iraqi fractiousness as essentially sectarian is a dangerous mistake:

Back and forth between pro-U.S. coalition and Taliban continues:

George W. Bush Sends encouragement to Musharraf as he fends off rumors of his pending resignation:

News and Analysis (5/29/08)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Foreign aid offered as a substitute for justice raises concerns that “The worst thing that could happen in Paris is an effort that essentially subsidizes the status quo” …

… but a U.S. Scientist will donate part of his Israeli Math award to a Palestinian university:

According to the BBC the British “government will compromise to avoid defeat over plans to extend pre-charge detention for terror suspects from 28 days to 42 days:”

… but Egypt has no hesitations in extending its decades-long emergency laws:

As Iraq asks neighbors to forgive its debt, Iran claims credit for contributing to its
reconstruction but its Arab neighbors remain wary of investment:

Is this a war against a philosophy, a religion, flesh and blood enemies, or an emotion?

News and Analysis (5/28/08)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Commerce is the key to peace, but Israel refuses to comment on its year-od continuing delay in the release of Palestinian telecomm frequencies:

McClellan writes that while Iraq was a “serious strategic blunder,” the “biggest mistake the Bush White House made … was ‘a decision to turn away from candor and honesty when those qualities were most needed’”:

The new Iranian parliament, more conservative, and headed by Iran’s former chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, warns of resistance to politicization of the nuclear development issue:

With the declining presence of the common al-Qaeda enemy, Iraqi factionalism resurges:

Amnesty International report cites Guanatanamo, extraordinary renditions, and torture as well as “‘flashpoints’ in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar”:

News and Analysis (5/26-27/08)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Zbignew Brzezinski and William Odom map out  a better way to deal with Iran …

… as the credibility of the Bush administration continues to be strained by its shunning of Iran while engaging with a country it accuses of genocide …

… while U.N. troops in Sudan and other conflict areas are accused of “rape, child prostitution, pornography, sexual assault, and the trading of food and mobile phones for sex”:

Afghani locals cheer Marines for relieving them from the Taliban’s oppressive taxes on opium production:

As Sadr’s popularity erodes, he seeks to further his studies and moderate his position in order to achieve the status that his father’s death had thrust upon him:

In Iran, the new parliament may mean problems for Ahmadinijad over economic mismanagement, such as the 215% inflation rate:

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”–2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

Muslim community leaders and scholars demonstrate the flexibility of Islamic law in coping with variations of time and place:

News and Analysis (5/24-25/08)

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

By trading with all sides Qatar enabled Qatar to mediate the Lebanese crisis:

Add the global food crisis to complications in Afghanistan:

With the improved security situation the U.S. tries some rebuilding in Iraq …

… while Sarkozy decides to position France to throw its military weight around:

British security report “says that apprehension about Muslim prisoners has potentially damaging consequences and is in danger of ‘leading to hostility and Islamophobia'”:

News and Analysis (5/23/08)

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Content to keeping his opposition to the occupation private in the past, Ayatollah Sistani, is increasingly voicing his opinion publicly…

… while a recent Pentagon financial audit shows the lack of accountability in contractor spending adds more costs to the occupation:

In a miscarriage of justice, a Saudi couple severely abusing their Indonesian maid gets off scot-free:

Terrorists continue their crimes against the ummah by executing a Pakistani journalist and threaten to assassinate scholars against killing innocents:

Rather than enforcing the rule of law in the first place, Indian government dishes out a paltry $80 million to compensate for the deaths of 1,000 Muslims killed in the Gujarat riots:

Making small moves away from the White House, some Congressional members say lawsuits against telecom collaboration in illegal government spying can have their day court—the secret, rubberstamp FISA court—that is:

Indonesian government expert finds cronyism rather than meritocracy still remains the rule within bureaucracies:

News and Analysis (5/22/08)

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

A NY Times editorial demands a full congressional inquiry over why the concerns from FBI agents and career DoJ officials about torture did not register with the White House…

…just as former detainee Mura Kurnaz tells of his prolonged torture detention at Gitmo, even after being cleared by interrogators:

The Bush administration’s hamfisted occupation of Iraq leads to another 8 Iraqi civilian deaths…

…meanwhile Iraq theater commander Gen. Petraeus urges a diplomatic solution to Iran before taking over US Central Command…

…and Gareth Porter questions the Iranian-arms rationale for war by reviewing the (lack of) evidence:

Both Pakistan and Israel ignore the Bush administration’s militant policy advice, choosing negotiations with adversaries instead:

US military assassination of a Somali militant leads to more, not less violence:

News and Analysis (5/21/08)

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Violence and tensions in the Levant ebbing? Lebanon appears to be getting its house back in order, ending eighteen months of political deadlock…

…meanwhile Hamas and Israel look to be nearing a ceasefire agreement…

…and Syria and Israel confirm their involvement in indirect talks over a permanent peace agreement centered on the Golan Heights:

Injustice in Saudi Arabia continues as the government arrests prominent democratic dissident Matrouk al-Faleh…

…meanwhile Indonesian activists reflect on the 10th anniversary of Suharto’s fall and find sweeping reforms like decentralization and establishing the rule of law have yet to be fully implemented:

An Inspector General’s report from the DoJ finds strong dissent among FBI special agents over CIA’s torture tactics, and massive failure by higher-ups to bolster those views:

Peace between Khartoum and southern Sudanese factions remain fragile as fighting breaks out between both sides over an oil-rich region of the country:

Internet visionary Jimmy Wales predicts the Internet’s expansion in the Mideast will widen the marketplace of ideas and strengthen mainstream Arab voices:

Parties in the unofficial republic of Somaliland agree to hold their next round of elections in the middle of December 2008:

News and Analysis (5/20/08)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Drawdown of troops in Iraq reverts back to pre-“surge” number at which it is expected to remain until at least the end of Bush’s term…

…meanwhile US support for Sunni militias temporarily reduces overall violence, but also opens the door for armed criminal extortion of local residents:

Ahmedinejad continues his self-inflicted wounds as other senior clerics and politicians slam him for using religion to mask his failing political and economic policies:

Mohammed Bazzi argues Lebanon’s past and present internal conflicts are rooted in its outdated confessional system, while talks to resolve the current crisis remain deadlocked:

Xenophobic Danish party uses Islamophobia to move toward restricting religious liberties of Muslim judges:

Bush seeks to expand government secrecy in policy memo that creates new designations for information classification:

Nigerian president Yar’Adua’s so-called commitment to the rule of law stops when it comes to probing into the alleged criminal activity of his predecessor Olusegun Obasanjo:

News and Analysis (5/19/08)

Monday, May 19th, 2008

In statements pregnant with hypocrisy, both Bush and Bin Laden slam Arab governments for their authoritarian policies and Israel’s violent repression Muslim Palestinians repectively …

…meanwhile Americans of various political orientations continue to fight Bush’s erosion of domestic civil liberties…

…and Al-Qaeda and its affliates continue perpetrating its bloody crimes against Muslims in the name its ideology:

Palestinian-Americans commemorate the Nakba on the Washington DC Mall, and in 20 other cities nationwide, through a quilt representing each of the 400 villages destroyed in 1948:

Indonesian VP Kalla asserts that Indonesia’s market-oriented growth is stymied by an elite few with strong political ties to the state…

…whereas pushes for necessary privatization of Kuwait’s economy are in question with the newly elected parliament favoring a “cradle-to-grave welfare system”:

Islamabad’s internal fault lines not only hamper a deal on the judges, but resolving issues with New Delhi on Kashmir and the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India oil pipeline: