Archive for November, 2009

News and Analysis (11/18/09)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Will the US exasperation over Israel illegal acts prompt substantive action?

Signs of a fragile government or a democracy at work?

Analysts fear the attack is not an isolated incident but a sign of insurgents gaining ground as US forces retreat:

Highlighting the extent of corruption at all levels of government in Afghanistan:

An advocate for independence of Western Sahara, Haidar was deported for writing “Western Sahara” in the address section:

Sounding like apologists for Louis Farrakhan’s “dirty religion” epithet against Zionist aggression, U.S. Rep. Manzullo insists his epithet calling “enemy combatants” imprisoned at Guantanamo “really really mean people whose job it is to kill people, driven by some savage religion” did not specify Islam:

News and Analysis (11/17/09)

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

“If this office had the responsibility to gather information, do investigation, and do prosecutions, probably we would be in a much better position in terms of fighting corruption” – Osmani:

Iran continues to punish those who wished to engage in political activism:

Iranian reluctance to compromise combined with the history of Iranian nuclear sites being revealed long after their construction began lead many to believe more facilities may be under construction:

Despite the jobs and federal funding associated with taking the detainees, Republicans continue to balk and exaggerate the reach and capabilities of Al-Qaeda:

Sheila Musaji calls on all people to oppose violent extremism:

Palestinian attempts to by-pass Israel have reached a critical impass:

Indonesians continue to lead the Muslim world on confronting environmental issues and promoting greener solutions:

News and Analysis (11/16/09)

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Detainees will still be denied access to lawyers but will be assigned a U.S. military “personal representative” and informed within 14 days in detention why they are being held:

For Netanyahu, Palestinian move is yet another excuse to renege on the peace process:

Yemeni general accuses Houthis of an “expansionist agenda”:

International pressure on Iran’s nuclear ambitions continues to mount:

With corruption infiltrating the highest levels of government:

Pakistan remains a reluctant partner in America’s war with the Taliban:

News and Analysis (11/14-15/09)

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

While there is no way to implement a “clean break” from Bush-era policies, Obama’s “harder path [of] democratic justice … is imperfect, but it is always better”…

… Yet, questions loom as we approach Obama’s self imposed one year deadline to close Guantanamo:

Her parents say the decision is hers, but high school bullies throw objects from an eraser to a zucchini at the 13-year-old girl’s covered hair:

Ironically deemed “water pirates” by Israeli forces, Palestinians attempt to siphon back much needed water taken from their aquifer:

A bold move that could bring hope and new life to the peace process:

A UK-NGO has an Afghan mullah lead a population-control seminar with Qur’anic citations:

Iranian political officials accuse Obama of deceit in his advocacy of dialogue …

… while US officials insist that proceedings will not affect tenants and occupants of the seized properties:

News and Analysis (11/13/09)

Friday, November 13th, 2009

“For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws” –  U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara:

Obama finally takes the first step towards closing the Guantanamo dentention center in the face of criticism over notorious terrorists being brought to US soil:

Fear of the indigenous Arabs of Palestine, Muslim immigrants to Europe, Iran, and now of Turkey drive Israeli scorn of the opinions of the international community and lethargy towards the peace process:

As resourceful Taliban forces counter expensive military equipment with innnovative tactics…

… as in Iraq, the US  focus shifts to emphasize an effective “exit strategy”…

… while the Dutch apply the “hard lessons of the Srebrenica massacre” to Afganistan:

Elections delayed as Palestinians factions cannot find common ground:

News and Analysis (11/12/09)

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

As Israel forcibly deports a bound and blindfolded 21-yr.-old Gazan girl for the “crime” of going to school in the West Bank …

Abbas calls “on Hamas to join forces in the Palestinian national endeavor and to accept an Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal with Fatah”:

“Freezing our nuclear program is no longer on the table… We have reached a point to cooperate with nuclear powers through the International Atomic Energy Agency.” – Ahmadinejad:

“Yemen categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs by any party whatsoever,” — a Yemeni Foreign Ministry spokesman:

“’You know that scene in the movie ‘Blazing Saddles,’ when Cleavon Little holds the gun to his own head and threatens to shoot himself?’ asked Ronald E. Neumann, a former ambassador to Afghanistan”:

Nasrallah has accused Obama of going further than his predecessor Bush to support Israel and has shattered the high expectations following his election:

News and Analysis (11/11/09)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Threats of torture, disappearance, and execution to extort false confessions of wrongdoing and associations are among the charges against US officials in the lawsuit:

Top executives authorized a $1 million payoff to Iraqi officials, an act that would have been illegal under American law:

The Journalists Freedom Association accuses parliament of deliberate delay in passing a law to protect journalists from the flood of legal cases against “publishers and media outlets … [that] is a very effective tactic to silence dissent”:

Fearing unrest in Yemen would provide an opportunity for Al Qaeda to expand its presence …

… Saudi Arabia flouts Iranian warnings to stay out of Yemeni affairs and orders a  navel blockage in the Red Sea:

What implications will increasing Taliban control and autonomy from al-Qaeda have on US strategy in Afghanistan?

News and Analysis (11/10/09)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

As the prospects of successful negotiations with Israeli politicians looks bleak…

… Palestinians take matter into their own hands:

Some analysts believe that Abbas abrupt resignation could quickly lead to the end of the Palestinian Authority:

“If the government took this long to form, it will be a sluggish one in terms of decision-making… and the opposition inside the government will likely fight … at every turn”:

As a case based on seemingly slim evidence goes before an Iranian court …

… Ahmadinejad desperately tries to legitimize his regime:

As the timeline on US protection rapidly comes to a close, the future of Camp Ashraf remains in unknown

In June 2007, Hasan gave a presentation to military doctors detailing his beliefs that “It’s getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims”:

News and Analysis (11/09/09)

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Compromising over Kirkuk, the state is set for the second national elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein:

As the investigation dwells on weak links to Al-Qaeda …

… American Muslims struggle to place the attack in context and press other Americans to examine it from an objective perspective:

A frustrated Abbas says, “[T]he Palestinian position on permanent-status peace seems much closer to the American view than Israel’s, [yet] the US persistently sides with the government it disagrees with”:

The victory against the rebels will only be temporary as long as the Yemeni army continues to use the southern tip of Saudi Arabia for operations and its supply line:

One of the few signs of progress in Afghanistan since 2001:

maternal mortality

News and Analysis (11/7-8/09)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Touting literal interpretations of the Qur’an can be dangerous; natural selection may simply be the means by which al-Bari (the Evolver, one of the 99 names of God) created the diversity of life on earth:

“Though we weren’t directly threatened by the Taliban, all of the hardship and suffering we face is because of the militants… When these militants go, we expect schools to start up. We want to live the life that’s led elsewhere in Pakistan”:

“‘… [W]e have to sit and pray that most Americans will come out stronger, more united, and more tolerant,’ said Ayloush, adding that Muslim organizations have received dozens of death threats and hate e-mail”:

Escalation in Afghanistan seems inevitable …

… Meanwhile, success of Afghanistani democracy rests with Karzai’s ability to serve the interests of all regions:

Supporters of Abbas, including Israeli President Peres, plead for him to reconsider: