News and Analysis (2/19/12)

The shocking story of how U.S. intervention on behalf of the oppressive regime is generating support for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula …

“Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly … and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeatedly have said that the police only follow legitimate leads about suspected criminal activity. But the latest documents mention no wrongdoing by any students”:

With the Internet a powerful tool to sidestep restrictions on their freedom of movement, Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank “believe the private sector is really going to save the Palestinian economy, not the public sector, not the NGOs”:

Egypt tries to allay concerns over the fact that the date of the presidential elections has not been set by promising that “nominations for presidential candidates will open March 10 and last four weeks” and vowing that the election “will be held before the end of June”:

Syria ignores calls for an end to the violence, with diplomatic consequences:

“Adnan is being held in ‘administrative detention,’ under which an Israeli military judge can imprison Palestinians for six-month periods without charge. Palestinians don’t get to see evidence against them”:

Mourning the loss of a premier journalist on Middle East affairs:

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