News and Analysis (1/12/11)

“‘Factions agreed to recommit to the national understanding to stop rocket firing,’ as long as Israel stops its air strikes and other attacks, one official said” …

… but Israeli restraint is unlikely as long as the United States continues its “slavish subservience to Israel, as reflected yet again both in the absence of a single brave voice raised against” recognition of a Palestinian state  for a veto of “any effort by Palestine to obtain UN membership”:

“Saad Hariri, refused to convene ministers to discuss how to deal with the naming of suspects in the killing of his father”:

Repression the direct cause of of the public contempt for the regime, and oppression, the real cause of unemployment that has triggered the public protests, are the real problems in Tunisia:

Egypt’s own Jared Lee Loughner, 23-year old Amer Ashour Abdelzaher “was ordered unfit to carry firearms by a medical committee three years ago”:

Documents show that “show that the day before he privately assured Bush he would back US-led military action, Blair was warned by Lord Goldsmith, then attorney general, that an invasion of Iraq would be illegal”:

Residents of four mainly Christian villages in the Barkin Ladi and Riyom districts, who were attacked by suspected Muslim ethnic Fulani rivals, allege troops deployed in the area didn’t respond to their calls for help and even aided the attackers:

“If the first fuel will be ready, goes to the heart of the reactor, then what do we need negotiation (for) … therefore the other side should come to the negotiating table as soon as possible.” — Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Tehran’s nuclear ambassador:

“[C]alls for military force are based on incorrect assertions about what the world would look like if Iran built nuclear weapons”:

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