Month: June 2009

  • News and Analysis (6/30/09)

    Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire are among those taken captive: Israeli Navy Commandeers Gaza Aid Boat (AP / Washington Post) Despite security concerns, June 30th marks a symbolic day for the sovereignty of Iraq … U.S. Pullout From Iraqi Cities Marked by Holiday (NY Times) …  as…

  • News and Analysis (6/29/09)

    Despite now public splits within the religious establishment, including calls from Qom similar to our advice to Khamenei, Mousavi has limited options: Crackdown In Iran Puts Mousavi in Tight Spot (Washington Post) As commentators differ on the significance of the arrests: Iran Releases Five British Embassy Employees (Christian Science Monitor) Undermining Israeli objectives, the occupation…

  • News and Analysis (6/27-28/09)

    While Ahmadinejad continues to reject criticism of the election results… Iran’s President Rebukes Obama; Candidates Reject Election Review (Washington Post) … Protesters are quickly realizing how much they may have to sacrifice to continue to disputing the results … In Iran, the Protests Have Quieted, but the Protesters are Simmering (LA Times) … and “Iran…

  • News and Analysis (6/26/09)

    Mousavi has challenged Khamenei’s position “that those who question the vote results should pursue legal means of recourse” claiming he has “closed off most avenues for doing that and shuttered news outlets critical of the election” … Mir-Hossein Mousavi Slams Iran’s Leaders (LA Times) … Meanwhile, allegations of torture emerge from what Amnesty International claims…

  • News and Analysis (6/25/09)

    Ahmadinejad’s words practically beg Obama to say something to provide the besieged Iranian president with the political capital he seems to be losing as seventy professors are arrested: Ahmadinejad Tells Obama Not to Interfere in Iran (Washington Post) In the likely scenario that Ahmadinejad remains in power… Ahmadinejad Reaps Benefits of Stacking Agencies With Allies…

  • Congressional Muslim Staffers Association Social

    Congressional Muslim Staffers Association social On Friday June 19, 2009 Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CSMA) held their 2nd annual Summer Interns and fellow social with Congressman Andre Carson and Congressman Keith Ellison as guest speakers. However, the event was deceptive by title due to its overwhelmingly rewarding program and diverse group of attendees. CMSA defines…

  • News and Analysis (6/24/09)

    As Israel continues expansion of illegal settlements … Israel Defies US with Plan for 240 New Homes on Palestinian Land (Guardian) … Netanyahu demands Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a novel precondition not applied to Egypt and Jordan … Netanyahu’s Peace Stipulation (Washington Post) Defending human rights and free speech, Obama singles out…

  • News and Analysis (6/23/09)

    As Ahmadinejad is officially declared the winner with the Guardian Council reporting no “major” irregularities in the election … Iran Elections: Ahmadinejad to be Sworn in as President by August (Guardian) … Iranian authorities place the full blame of any violence on the “hooligans and rioters” protesting the election… Iranian Legislative Panel Hints At Legal…

  • An Open Letter to Ayatollah Khamenei

    Dear Ayatollah Khamenei, I listened with great interest to your speech regarding the recent elections given last Friday. You certainly had a point when you  indicated that America’s tragic treatment of the dissidents at Waco and its violent intervention into Iraq and Afghanistan detracts from the credibility of any advice it may offer Iran. Perhaps,…

  • News and Analysis (6/22/09)

    Further complicating the election crisis “the number of votes cast in 50 cities exceeded the actual number of voters”: Iranian Guards Issue Warning as Vote Errors Are Admitted (NY Times) Short of a complete collapse of Iran’s government, Israeli leaders disagree on the most preferred outcome … Why Iran’s Ahmadinejad is Preferred in Israel (Christian…

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