Month: July 2013

  • News and Analysis (7/31/13)

    A lawyer warns that the EU terrorism designation of Hezbollah’s military arm is “a real legal mess” and unless removed before implementation “will swamp courtrooms and complicate Middle East-European political and economic relations with challenges from all points on the compass with uncertain outcomes”: After Blacklisting Hezbollah Is The EU Experiencing ‘Buyer’s Remorse’? (Veracity Voice) […]

  • Tasnim News Agency Interview on the Issue of Israeli-occupied Palestine

    [I was interviewed by Reza Saidi on the issue of Israeli-occupied Palestine. This is the text of my original answers. The published version, in Farsi, is available at] Q. In your opinion, what are the most important crimes that Israel has committed ? A. I think the greatest crimes Israel has committed are the murder of […]

  • News and Analysis (7/29/13)

    Has Egypt found its new pharaoh? … In Egypt, Love for Sisi Overshadows Protester Deaths (Christian Science Monitor) … “Several thousand supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president began marching on a military facility in Cairo on Monday in defiance of an army warning to stay away, risking a new confrontation after dozens were shot dead at […]

  • News and Analysis (7/26/13)

    “Mohammed Brahmi was shot 14 times in front of his home within sight of his family on Thursday, plunging the country into a political crisis and unleashing demonstrations around the country blaming the government for the assassination”: Tunisia: Al-Qaida-Linked Cell Behind Both Killings (AP / abc News) With accusations ranging from “killing soldiers and conspiring with […]

  • News and Analysis (7/24/13)

    As the repression, polarization, and violence escalate in the wake of the Egyptian military coup … Egyptian Army Chief Calls for Help to Fight ‘Terrorism’ of the Muslim Brotherhood (Christian Science Monitor) Brotherhood: Egypt army chief Sisi’s ‘threat’ won’t stop rallies (Reuters) Egypt: After 20 Days, Morsi Still Behind Bars (Christian Science Monitor) Mansour Praises Former […]

  • News and Analysis (7/22/13)

    The U.S. acceptance of the Transfer of Offenders Ordinance 2002 has raised hopes that Dr. Aafia will return home soon but media reports that “the Free Aafia taskforce of committee has recommended a list of 10 points” which they have refused to share “with Aafia’s family or lawyer” suggests the hopes might be premature: Dr […]

  • News and Analysis (7/20/13)

    With Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, taking on “the role of deputy prime minister in addition to his earlier titles of defense minister and commander of Egypt’s armed forces” it’s clear that the military is in control … After Morsi’s Ouster, Egypt’s Old Guard Is Back — and Muslim Brotherhood Is Out (Washington Post) … and […]

  • News and Analysis (7/18/13)

    Rising repression, an unrepresentative cabinet and continuing misgovernment bode ill for t’s future: With Assets Frozen, Noose Tightening in Egypt for Muslim Brothers (Christian Science Monitor) The Brotherhood Revives Its Mehna Narrative (Foreign Policy) Morsi Supporters Protest over Absence of Islamists in New Cabinet (Guardian) Egypt’s EveryDay Problems Fester as Political Turmoil Continues (Guardian) A Pakistani Taliban […]

  • News and Analysis (7/14/13)

    Islamic law requires Muslims to break fast at sunset during Ramadan. Are the guards at Guantanamo “using the Muslim holy month … to massage hunger strike numbers” in claiming “that less than half of the inmate population are now on strike”? Guantánamo Officials Accused of ‘Cheating’ over Hunger Strike Numbers (Guardian) With the US sending […]

  • News and Analysis (7/12/13)

    “[E]ven groups that supported Morsi’s ouster say the timetable is rushed, and that it hands too much power to the military while repeating the mistakes that characterized a botched attempt at political transition after the 2011 revolution”: Egypt’s New Leaders Take Heat from All Sides as They Plow Ahead (Christian Science Monitor) Morsi “supporters say […]

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