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Fragile Oasis (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

We Don’t Say ‘Slav’ Democracy Troubled in Ukraine, Why Talk of ‘Arab’ Failures

The troubles that Ukraine is having in its post-Soviet politics are very similar to the difficulties that have beset many countries of the Arab world in the past few years.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



Stan Brewer

Truthdigger of the Week: Shoshana Hebshi

Shoshana Hebshi, our Truthdigger of the Week, had the courage to blog about her experience traveling on the anniversary of 9/11, bringing to light the truth about where America stands on racial profiling 10 years after the Twin Towers fell.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Vectorportal (CC-BY)

Fear and Racial Profiling on Frontier Flight 623

Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Arab, half-Jewish mother from Ohio, thought it would be easy to fly on the anniversary of Sept. 11. But that was before her flight landed in Detroit, where she was promptly handcuffed and carted off to the airport detention facility for questioning.

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Erik - parked in Cairo these days

10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

At Least 35 Dead in Yemen Protests

At least 35 people were shot dead and hundreds more wounded on Friday when Yemeni soldiers opened fire on protesters marching through the country’s capital of Sanaa.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Pro-Democracy Fever Comes to Algeria

Are we seeing the next “Battle of Algiers”? Coming only a day after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, thousands of people defied a government ban to hold a pro-democracy rally in Algeria.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE


Israel’s Hope Kindergarten

In a biting bit of Israeli comedy, this video shows an Israeli kindergarten class that learns, for example, the perils of disillusioned leftism and the proper way to describe an Arab (“Sorry, I meant demographic threat ... ”).

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
AP / Tsafrir Abayov

Israel’s Lieberman Proposes Redrawing Borders

Israels notoriously racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has proposed that any future peace deal with the Palestinians should focus on a redrawing of his country’s borders, excluding much of Israel’s Arab citizenry while including illegal Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE


Turkish flag
AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Turkey Ratchets Up Tensions With Israel Over Gaza Flotilla Incident

Israel’s raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza happened over a month ago, but Turkish officials haven’t forgotten the divisive incident; in fact, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threw down the diplomatic gauntlet on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


Yemeni Militants Kill 11, Free Prisoners

A group of heavily armed militants in military uniforms stormed a Yemeni intelligence headquarters Saturday, killing 11 and reportedly freeing several prisoners. The gunmen were suspected to be local al-Qaida members.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


Miss USA
AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

Arab-American Wins Miss USA Crown

Donald Trump’s Miss USA pageant represents yet another bizarre cultural spectacle involving the conflation of capitalism, sexism and nationalism topped with a sparkly tiara, but this time, the winner’s story is slightly less predictable.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Zionism Gets a Turbo Boost

Some Israeli settlers are taking Zionism to a whole new level. Some 200 settlers, living illegally on occupied Palestinian land, marched on the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem to assert their supposed right to live on occupied land as well as to affirm “Jewish sovereignty over the whole city.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Pan-African News Wire File

Sudan Heads to the Polls

Sudan’s three-day election period begins Sunday, a contest that many see as deeply flawed. Several opposition parties have declined to participate and many of the country’s 2.5 million refugees are not registered to vote.

Posted on Apr 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Abbas Walks the Talk

The prospect of Palestinian-Israeli “proximity talks” in the Middle East has hit another expected bump: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not attend any such talks unless Israel halts settlement construction.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


sniffing dog
Flickr / mikebaird

Study Says Fido’s Family Tree Has Arabian Roots

A research team out of UCLA thinks it may have traced the pedigree of domesticated dogs back to their earliest origins, and the paw prints apparently lead to the general vicinity of the Middle East, instead of the East Asian region they’d previously targeted.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti: A View From the Middle East

How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE


Anne Frank's diary
AP / Evert Elzinga

How the Anti-Semites of Hezbollah Have Sent Anne Frank Back Into Hiding

“This young woman who upsets people ...” was the headline in Lebanon’s L’Orient Littáraire yesterday. The teenager was Anne Frank, who died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 after being betrayed to the Nazi authorities, along with her family, in her Amsterdam “safe house.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

Rights Group Fires Back at Israel

Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel and its backers of waging a campaign of misinformation in an effort to discredit the group. HRW has been a leading voice in condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton in Morocco
AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar

Clinton Hits Another Diplomatic Snag on Mideast Tour

Hillary Clinton continued her diplomatic spree in the Middle East on Monday, meeting with Arab heads of state in Morocco, and she once again found herself revisiting, and perhaps revising, her words when she read a statement qualifying a comment she’d made last weekend about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


Buildings Destroyed in Gaza
Maan Images / Wissam Nassar

Next Stop: Tensiontown, Israel

As the death toll of Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip moves past 1,000, tensions between Arab Israelis and Jewish Israelis are growing. Some of the country’s Arab population is increasingly vocal in denouncing the bombings, while some Israeli politicians are trying to ban the re-election of Arabs to parliament on the grounds of alleged national disloyalty.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE


Shoe protest

Shoe Ambush Sparks Pride and Protest Among Arabs

Muntadhar al-Zaidi’s now-legendary flying shoes made headlines in the Arab world after the Iraqi journalist registered his disapproval of George W. Bush’s foreign policy choices during the U.S. president’s news conference in Baghdad on Sunday.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in crowd

McCain Tries to Cool Anti-Obama Fervor

Here’s the video footage of John McCain attempting to calm his riled-up audience by calling Barack Obama a “decent” person (and also not an “Arab,” as one bewildered audience member claims) during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Booed at Rally for Calling Obama ‘Decent’

Looks like John McCain is attempting to put a lid on the hostility directed at his rival, Barack Obama, during McCain-Palin rallies, but some of the Republican presidential candidate’s supporters aren’t happy with this suggested change of tone.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Biden and Obama

Mosaic: The DNC as Seen From the Arab World

Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate sent a clear and unpleasant message to the Arab world, as did the absence of former President Jimmy Carter from the lineup of speakers at the Denver convention last week.

Posted on Aug 30, 2008 READ MORE


MIR oil report

The ‘Have-Oils’ and the Have-Nots

Skyrocketing oil and natural gas prices in the second quarter of this year led ExxonMobil to report the highest profit ever by an American company. Despite falling production and rising operating costs, Exxon brought in $138 billion in revenue and reported an astounding net income of $11.7 billion. Who else is profiting?

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


MIR Egypt bread shortage

Mosaic: Egypt’s Bread War

Some Arab countries’ economies are getting a boost from the rise in oil prices, but you wouldn’t know it from the shortages of staples like bread— a major cause for concern in Egypt, where long lines and soaring costs are sparking serious unrest.

Posted on Mar 21, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Muhammed Muheisen

Bush Endorses Palestinian State

President Bush, commenting Thursday in Jerusalem, spoke out in favor of the creation of an independent Palestinian state. He followed that strong suggestion with another: financial compensation for Palestinian refugees forced to leave their homes in areas that are now part of Israel.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008 READ MORE


Saudi women
news.bbc.co.uk

Saudi Court Punishes Rape Victim

A Saudi woman has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail by an appeals court because she was riding in a car with a man when she was attacked and gang-raped by seven men. It is forbidden in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to be together. She was 19 at the time of the attack.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Lebanese Strike a Blow at U.S.-Backed Government

True, the U.S. may be able to “spread democracy” to other nations throughout the world, but, as The Independent’s Robert Fisk points out, that doesn’t mean that the U.S. can control how those nations exercise their democratic rights.  Take Lebanon, for example, where, Fisk wryly notes, “The Arabs have, once more, followed democracy and voted for the wrong man.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 READ MORE


israel map
sitesatlas.com

Israeli Textbook Gives Arab View of the State’s Birth

A top Israeli education official has authorized a textbook for exclusive use in Arab Israeli schools that tells a different side of the story of Israel’s creation in 1948.  For starters, the text acknowledges that Palestinians dubbed the historical event “al nakba” (the catastrophe).

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 READ MORE


bombed out
AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari

Israel’s Primal Myth: A Barrier to Peace

Forget about Hamas, the wall, Gaza and the occupied territories. There can be no peace in the Middle East until Israel and the Palestinians deal with one key issue: the Palestinian demand that Israel recognize their right of return. 

Posted on Jul 21, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert
latimes.com

Israel Warms to Peace Initiative

Responding to a Saudi peace proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has invited all Arab heads of state to meet in Jerusalem for talks. Israel had rejected similar proposals, but Olmert now takes a different view, saying a multilateral meeting would be “worth the effort.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq report
Bloomberg

Iraq Panel: Situation ‘Grave and Deteriorating’

The U.S. should pull nearly all combat troops out of Iraq by 2008 and push for a broad diplomatic and political solution—or face a “slide toward chaos,” according to the long-awaited Iraq Study Group’s report.

  • A line from the report: “U.S. forces seem to be caught in a mission that has no foreseeable end.”
  • Read the entire report here

  • Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Arab street opinion
    From James Hill / The New York Times

    Anti-U.S. Feeling Leaves Arab Reformers Isolated

    From the N.Y. Times: “Moderate reformers across the Arab world say American support for Israel?s battle with Hezbollah has put them on the defensive, tarring them by association and boosting Islamist parties.” As usual, it comes back to America’s unflinching support of Israel, and Muslim fury at Israeli occupation of Arab lands.

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Arab Support Swings to Hezbollah

    Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have all started sounding off about Israeli aggression. And even Al Qaeda, which is normally hostile to all Shiite groups, has thrown its support behind the militants fighting against the vaunted Israeli military.

    Posted on Jul 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Fake Sheikh
    From georgegalloway.com

    ‘Fake Sheikh’ Reporter Gets Taste of His Own Medicine

    Mazher Mahmood, a British reporter who dresses up as a wealthy Arab businessman to entrap high-profile victims in sting operations, has been publicly outed by a member of Parliament.

  • N.Y. Times story
  • Fake Sheikh’ home page (created by the M.P.)
  • Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Faltering of Arab Democracy Is Seen

    The New York Times reports that many Middle Eastern countries that made moves toward democracy are now pulling back, emboldened to ignore Bush’s demands in the wake of the Iraq debacle.

    Posted on Apr 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Mutilated_body
    From Max Becherer / Polaris / The New York Times

    Bound, Blindfolded and Dead: The Face of Atrocity in Baghdad

    As Baghdad’s murder rate triples from 11 to 33 a day, bodies are turning up with horrific signs of torture. “This is sectarian cleansing,” says a Kurdish member of parliament.

    Posted on Mar 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Abu Ghraib Closing? Don’t Cheer Just Yet

    Some sources are reporting that the U.S. has decided to close the notorious prison and transfer its prisoners elsewhere, but don’t celebrate just yet: The seeds for future abuse are already well sown.

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Coast Guard Had Security Qualms on Port Deal

    The Coast Guard warned weeks ago that it couldn’t be sure that the UAE wasn’t supporting terrorists. The disclosure came during Monday’s hearings about the Arab country’s attempts to take over control of major U.S. ports. Check out the unclassified Coast Guard document.
    Wanna know why 64% of people disapprove of this deal? Consider how much time and energy Bush & Co. have spent scaring the American public with “what if” scenarios about Arab threats (see: Saddam).

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Israel to Halt Payments to Palestinians

    As Palestinians swore in their Hamas-dominated parliament, Israel froze contact with the “terrorist” group, and stopped a planned transfer of funds.
    Hamas dismissed the effect of the sanctions, and former President Jimmy Carter warns in an Op-Ed that America risks severe consequences if it conspires with Israel to disrupt the transfer of power to Hamas.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

    In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
    At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections

    With America sticking its guns in the eyes of so many Arabs, is it any wonder that Muslim hard-liners have gained so much popular support? Do we need any further proof of the neocon fallacy of Rumsfeld-style shake-n-bake democracy? | story
    And with right-wing pretenders lingering over Sharon’s deathbed, have prospects for peace in the Mideast ever looked more distant?

    Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.
    AP

    U.S. Soldier Gets No Jail Time for Killing Iraqi General

    The American interrogator sat on the general’s chest and covered up his mouth—both of which were apparently approved techniques. The defense claimed that the actions did not directly cause the general’s death. | story
    We can’t help but suspect that much of the Arab world might come to a different conclusion.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    How Bush Created a Theocracy in Iraq

    Retracing the steps of Shiite religious leaders and parties who have come to dominate the post-invasion process.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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