Archive for November, 2008

News and Analysis (11/19/08)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Sadrists opposing the security agreement, “demanded that a draft bill regulating the adoption of treaties with foreign nations be adopted ahead of the debate on the security agreement”:

Previously ignored by US foreign policy, the residual Israeli occupation of Lebanon is an important factor in the May election:

Shariah’s integration into Western society offers Muslims alternatives to government courts without undermining their authority:

“If you solve the Yemeni issue, you solve the Guantanamo issue.” – Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington

Pakistan remains unstable as US continues to orchestrate air strikes from Afghanistan:

Attacks on supply routes through Pakistani highlight the Achilles’ heel of maintaining foreign troops:

“[N]othing has changed since the days of the mujahideen: Afghanistan is still at war, and its pilots are in the thick of it. “:

News and Analysis (11/18/08)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

In an appeal opposed by both parties, France imposes its secular values over both Muslim tradition and the right of contract in what one lawyer calls a “forced marriage:”

Despite accusations of over $13 billion lost to “fraud, embezzlement, theft and waste by Iraqi government officials”:

The Council on Foreign Relations examines the complexities in creating the security pact:

“Obama will inherit greater power in domestic spying power than any other new president in more than 30 years” and how he chooses to wield it will effect the outcome of on several cases against Muslims:

Blockade continues in Gaza as Israeli releases Fatah partisans:

Initially agreeing to supply Israel with oil in the Camp David peace treaty, Egypt was under Israeli pressure to supply natural gas when the oil reserves dried up:

Experimental commuter train slowly gains popularity as it avoids traffic and security checkpoints:

News and Analysis (11/17/08)

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Obama renews his commitment to closing Guantanamo without elaborating on fate of the detainees:

A serious compromise of safety, interpreters are considered highly sought targets by insurgents:

Residents turn to local entrepreneurship in response to violence across Baghdad:

In response to growing security concerns, Pakistan temporarily closes passage into Afghanistan:

After a particularly violence election season, the separatist led boycott aims at a 15 percent maximum for voter turnout:

As long as foreign occupiers remain in Afghanistan, we aren’t ready for talks because they hold the power and talks won’t bear fruit … The problems in Afghanistan are because of them” – Mullah Brother, deputy leader of the Taliban:

Thirty trucks were allowed into Gaza including humanitarian supplies expected to last the UN one week:

News and Analysis (11/15/08 – 11/16/08)

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

US agrees to troop withdraw by 2011, unconditioned by “circumstances on the ground”:

Pakistan set to receive $7.6 billion bailout at an interest rate between 3.51 to 4.51 per cent:

Aid to Ahmadinejad hosted “a ceremony where women in traditional dress carried in the Koran, Islam’s holy book, to music”:

After days of “tit for tat” retaliations since Israeli Nov. 5 airstrike, Olmert puts full blame of broken truce on “Hamas and the other terror groups in Gaza”:

Undeterred by inhumane actions, victim remains determined to return to school and finish her education:

Many speculate that a “multicultural, charismatic president” would be immune to criticism for failing to fundamentally change American foreign policy:

Karzai says he “will go to ‘any length’ to protect Mullah Omar, the fugitive leader of the anti-government Taliban, in exchange for peace”:

News and Analysis (11/14/08)

Friday, November 14th, 2008

After a “bloodless capture” of Elasha Biyaha, militants look to capture capital and topple the weak transitional government:

But did he have a straight face when he said agreeing to keep American troops in Iraq “is important for Iraq to ban and stop foreign influence and interference”?…

… as if in response, Al-Sadr urges “the honorable resistance fighters … to direct their weapons exclusively against the occupier”:

Self organized community activist improves lives through education:

A significant minority feel trapped in the occupied territories of the West Bank:

As the conflict escalates, civilian casualties continue to rise:

“Despite protests by Islamabad, attacks by unmanned drones have continued to hit Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan”:

Both sides remain verbally committed to truce, contradicting their actions:

News and Analysis (11/13/08)

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

“‘People who put on a mask of friendship, but with the objective of betrayal, and who enter from the angle of negotiations without preconditions, are more dangerous,’ Hossein Taeb, deputy commander”:

Taha offers religious advice across rival Fatah and Hamas factions and remains committed to open dialogue with Jews and Christians:

The recent increase in violence leaves Baghdad residents weary:

Inhumane policy leads to appalling results:

Israel denies entry of food and drugs after initially claiming 30 truckloads would be allowed in on Thursday:

Continuing the strategy of President Bush and the proposed strategy of President-elect Obama:

Violence and instability remain for residents in Northwest Pakistan:

News and Analysis (11/12/08)

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Supplies for 750,000 needy Palestinians can last only 48 hours:

Sunni and Shi’ite neighborhoods reunited by Iraqi government’s decision to reopen bridge:

Having expelled Al-Qaeda a year ago, Dulaim illustrates the difficulty in maintaining sovereignty:

King Abdullah agreed for the first time to dine in the same room as the Israeli president in promoting his call for interfaith dialogue:

A fanatical proponent of a “unified Jerusalem,” the new mayor supports building Jewish settlements in violation of international law:

Hizbullah leader warns against optimism after the election of Obama and reinstates his desire for “free and fair elections ‘without obstruction or postponement’ in Lebanon”:

Emphasizing their strength, Pakistani hijackers did not fire a single bullet:

News and Analysis (11-11-08)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

“The Pakistani military, they say, has threatened to bomb their villages if they do not battle the Taliban:”

Although mistrust remains, payment on Monday reflects the final step in Sons of Iraq transition to the national army:

“The emerging broad strokes of Obama’s approach are likely to be welcomed by a number of senior U.S. military officials who advocate a more aggressive and creative course for the deteriorating conflict”:

Destabilizing Pakistani lands further encourages violence:

Imprisoned for nearly a month, Esha Momeni released on $200,000 bail:

Israel allows limited supply of fuel into Gaza as week long suspension ends:

News and Analysis (11/10/08)

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Recently declassified document authorized nearly a dozen raids around the world:

“‘Tension-creating’ foreign policy has ‘scared off foreign investment and inflicted heavy damage’ on the economy”:

The ballot includes a man on trial for arms trafficking and money laundering, a millionaire planing to build thousands of Jewish homes in an Arab neighborhood, and an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who won’t put his picture on his campaign posters:

Once heralded as the militant protector of the Shi’ite majority, Sadr seeks to reorganize into a socio-religious group:

Peace process delayed as Fatah and Hamas continue to blame one another:

The Bush administration all but admits failure in their attempt to bring peace to the Middle East:

Shortages in electricity plague Gaza as the break in the truce agreement cut supplies:

News and Analysis (11/7/08 – 10/8/08)

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Detention power used in the Marri case is called “unconstitutional and dangerous, raising the possibility that the government could one day snatch anyone off the street, even a political opponent, and lock him up without a trial:”

Although an unusually quick public response, US stopped short of accepting full blame:

AL’ AMERICA examines the connections between Islamic and Arab traditions and American culture:

Delays continue on $180 million project to intended to bring jobs and electricity to troubled region:

The celebration of birthdays remain controversial in Saudi society:

U.S. forces hope to build confidence in Iraqi security forces by mentoring and training troops, and by mounting public-relations campaigns:

The latest issue published on Saturday carried the editorial “Why does Iran not have an Obama?”