Archive for April, 2010

News and Analysis (4/30/2010)

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“I would rather [have] Palestinians as citizens of this country over dividing the land up,” – Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of Israel’s Knesset:

Obama indicates he would not veto UN resolutions condemning Israeli settlement building in an attempt to reignite indirect peace negotiations:

A recent spike in civilian deaths causes McChrystal to revamp US policy, but Afghanis see little difference in their treatment during night raids:

Despite the US increased efforts to gain control in Afghanistan:

Will the Belgian ban have a domino effect with other European nations following suit?

As Pakistan mulls over the idea of attacking militants in their main base in North Waziristan …

… The lack of effective intelligence continues to be a glaring issue for the US and Pakistan:

News and Analysis (4/29/2010)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

“The report…portrays an insurgency with deep roots and broad reach, able to withstand repeated U.S. onslaughts and to reestablish its influence, while discrediting and undermining the country’s Western-backed government”:

Video footage illustrates a relatively peaceful crowd take by surprise by a gunshot from across a barrier fence fired by an Israeli soldier…

… Meanwhile, Ghandi’s inspirational leadership freed Indians and Pakistanis from the British Empire, will the Palestinians be able to follow his teachings?

As Allawi political bloc continues to take hits despite winning the largest number of seats:

Will Khadr’s self-incriminating statements made under cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment be excluded as evidence?

News and Analysis (4/28/10)

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

“The Iranians have to some extent succeeded in recasting the terms of the debate,” that it is “more about  … who has the right to control access to advanced nuclear technology” than about nuclear weapons:

“A network of private contractors to gather intelligence in Pakistan and Afghanistan” may have “violated Pentagon rules”:

The survey must be reviewed with a grain of salt as Afghan interviewers conducted the survey only in areas which were not under Taliban control:

Amid anti-Iranian hysteria, the emergency state security court gives the men (who included Lebanese, Palestinians, Egyptians and one Sudanese) sentences from six months to life:

Threatening to derail the peace negotiations taking place this week:

Will withdrawal now leave Iraq any better off than a withdrawal years ago?

News and Analysis (4/27/10)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

52 candidates have been disqualified as US Ambassador Hill begins to apply pressure to the Iraqi government

Abbas calls for an international boycott of Israeli settlement goods totaling up to $500 million in revenue:

“Everyone feels safer now,” says a tribal elder. “Nobody worries about getting killed anymore”:

As water quickly becomes the region’s most important natural resource:

Pakistanis speak out again to the government’s new restrictions on electricity consumption, “[t]he Pakistani people are a toy in the hands of the government”

A bad omen? “Reflecting the sharply deteriorating security situation in Kandahar”:

Once referred to as the “mad dog” of the Middle East, Gaddafi gushes over President Obama, thanking the American people who voted for him:

News and Analysis (4/26/10)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The parallels between the 2002 push for into a disastrous and unnecessary one-trillion-dollar war in Iraq and our current conflict with Iran are “astonishing”:

The sectarian system imposed on Lebanon by the French was slightly reformed after the civil war, but some think it is time to scrap it completely:

Western forces are eager to end poppy production, but for them alcohol is different, and their “privileged existence rankles many” Afghanis:

“Gaza was for centuries the primary trade outlet of the hinterland of Jordan and the greater Arabian Peninsula… The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Mamluks, and Ottomans all ruled us. There are secrets of history under every square meter”:

A Palestinian mayor has come to the conclusion that the Israeli High Court’s order to allow Palestinians use of the highway through their own land is “just for public relations”:

A Taliban spokesman denied involvement and condemned the targeting of girls’ schools:

Marginalized by the importance of Pakistan, India hopes to reestablish itself as a leader in the reconstruction of Afghanistan:

News and Analysis (4/25-26/10)

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Sadr says he is “ready to provide hundreds of believers … to be official detachments in the Iraqi army or police to defend the holy shrines, mosques, praying houses and their cities ” with the consent of the government …

… Meanwhile, the increasingly drawn-out process of forming governing coalitions is more about personalities than policies:

As the Taliban benefits from “sanctuary and support in another country, learning to be more discriminating in targeting their attacks, and fighting a government that’s both weak and reliant on direct external support”:

Taking advantage of “low morale” amongst Iranian officials:

With the US’s only effective tool, its aid to Israel, in the hands of Congress, not the White House, Abbas doesn’t explain how he expects Obama to implement his request:

“The fact that this march took place has been seen as extremely provocative; a highly aggressive gesture on the part of the settlers — people really hell-bent on driving Palestinians from their land”:

Calling the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians during World War I “‘one of the worst atrocities’ of the 20th century and ‘a devastating chapter’ in history” is more precise and less reckless than his campaign promise to call it genocide:

News and Analysis (4/23/10)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

In what could open up the flood gates for routinely removing Palestinians from Israel and the West Bank and deporting them to the Gaza strip:

Boasts of the end of sectarian violence in Iraq are clearly premature:

Working within Obama’s planned 2011 drawdown of troops, officials debate the most efficient and effective strategy to counter Al Qaeda:

Under the threat of protests and the politicization of his report on the Gaza invasion:

“We were tortured for four long months continuously… Whether you recognise or not, whatever they want you to say, they keep torturing you and the prisoners. They died in the torture”:

“Amid fears that severe energy shortages could touch off riots, Pakistan will announce drastic measures this week to save electricity, including a shorter workweek and restrictions on nighttime wedding celebrations”:

“The real tragedy is that we’ve had relative peace for the past year and no progress at all on negotiations… Hamas is in this halfway world, with one foot in the arena of militancy and violence”:

News and Analysis (4/22/10)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

A consequence of no applicable military justice system and that courts civilian officials concede are not up to the task of handling a high volume of complex terrorism cases:

“[I]n 2002 and 2003, .the Census Bureau turned over information it had collected about Arab-Americans to Homeland Security”:

The revelation of secret prisons challenges the principles of democracy and freedom in Iraq:

Widely supported, the law would ban the full-face niqab and the burqa and those who choose to violate the late will face up to $34  fine and/or a jail sentence of up to seven days:

Private schools hope to fill the educational void left by Afghanistan’s underfunded public education system:

After his insult to Biden, Netanyahu figures it’s now George Mitchell’s turn to get a taste of Israeli contempt for International Law:

News and Analysis (4/21/10)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

“The real issue raised by the Gates memo is that the presumptive future status of Iran as ‘virtual’ nuclear power, without actually violating the nuclear NPT in any way or doing anything but continuing their civilian nuclear program, would be sufficient justification for a military attack”:

With the threat of UN sanctions looming, Iran plans to renegotiate a nuclear fuel swap with the United States…

… Meanwhile, Iran simulates protecting the Strait of Hormuz, a key outlet for the world’s energy needs:

“Threats that Lebanon now has huge missiles are similar to what they used to say about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Such arms were not found. They are trying to repeat the same scenario with Lebanon”:

Insurgents’ willingness to violate the sanctity of a mosque to assassinate the deputy mayor puts their religious sincerity in doubt:

Believing a recount only in Baghdad will cost the Iraqiya alliance a majority:

Despite  a poll indicating 63% of Jewish Israelis expressed their desire for a final division of territories, Palestinians are unlikely to get a comprehensive offer and the conflict will continue:

News and Analysis (4/20/10)

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Less than enthusiastic about the news, an Iraqi shopkeeper says, “Al-Qaeda can replace their leaders, and terrorism and violence will not end in Iraq….. We care about job opportunities and a new government forming soon that won’t be as greedy” …

… but a mandated a manual recount of 20% of the ballots could swing the election in favor of al-Maliki:

The Taliban’s claim to victory includes fuel and ammunition supposedly left behind my American forces:

Perhaps realizing the lack of alternatives:

Jews as well as Muslims take Wiesel to task for his fallacious screed:

While the US cites threats to Israeli sovereignty, Syrian officials deny the report claiming Israel fabricated the story as a pretext for military action: