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CIA World Factbook

Smells Like Regime Change (Update)

Coalition jets appear to have given the Libyan rebels a big assist by bombing the birthplace of Moammar Gadhafi, a city called Sirte that is about halfway between Benghazi and Tripoli. Not to tell NATO its business, but how exactly does clearing a path for the rebels advancing toward Libya’s capital fit the U.N. mandate to protect civilians?

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



DoD / R.D. Ward

Iraq’s PM Heads to Iran for Advice

Nouri al-Maliki is more than influenced by the Shiite clerics in Iran who have done so much for the troubled Iraqi prime minister. Maliki just schlepped over the border for a powwow with Iranian bigwigs. Tehran’s spokesman said the PM was in town to exchange views, but for all we know he just needed a hug. (continued)

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



Iraq Electoral Commission

Iraq’s Election Results Stand

The Iraqi electoral commission has upheld the results of the country’s parliamentary election after a partial recount demanded by the incumbent prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition finished second in the voting.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jessica J. Wilkes

They Don’t Build Democracies Like They Used To

Iraq’s recent election was supposed to remove Nouri al-Maliki from power, but the prime minister, sounding rather like a Bond villain, declared “the game is still very much on.” Now a governmental commission created to keep Baathists out of public life says that on the night before the election it banned six candidates who went on to win.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Allies in Europe Begin to Pull Back

The U.S. devotes large sums of money to subsidizing the participation in Afghanistan of small NATO countries and publicizing the affair as a true coalition operation, but NATO-nation political and public support for the war is faint and grudging because few believe the mission is realistic.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. Department of State

Labor Joins Israel’s Far-Right Government

Israel’s next government just got a little less ultraconservative, as Labor has agreed to join the coalition-in-progress of conservatives, nationalists and religious fundamentalists in exchange for a commitment to continue negotiations with the Palestinians. It remains to be seen, however, whether Labor’s MPs can stomach the agreement.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009 READ MORE


Israel’s Right-Wing Government Takes Shape

Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a step closer to the prime minister’s office by signing a deal with ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, who will become Israel’s foreign minister if Netanyahu is able to put the finishing touches on a governing coalition. The ascendancy of both men is a major blow to the peace process.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum

Israel (Almost) Has a Woman Prime Minister

Though it wasn’t immediately official, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni won control of the country’s ruling Kadima party and, if she is successful in forming a governing coalition, will be the first woman prime minister in more than three decades. Livni is currently Israel’s lead negotiator with the Palestinians and, according to the newspaper Haaretz, was seen as likelier to reach a deal than her party rivals. Update

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
nytimes.com

Israeli Right Sees Opening in Political Chaos

As if the situation in the Middle East couldn’t get any worse, this week’s news that scandal-plagued Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will resign has been seized upon by right-wing Israeli politicians, who believe the parliamentary chaos caused by Olmert’s departure will open the door for a return to hard-line, ultranationalist government.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


boy and soldier
AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

Trading Spaces, Iraq Edition

Sectarian violence has driven millions of Iraqis from their homes. Now that the violence has abated in one formerly upscale Baghdad neighborhood, residents are returning to find squatters who refuse to leave and a government and occupying army unwilling to kick them out.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf Rivals Join Forces

It wasn’t a good Sunday for Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, as the leaders of Pakistan’s two biggest opposition parties agreed to set aside enough of their differences to form a coalition. Their first order of business is to strip the president of a number of his powers.

Posted on Mar 9, 2008 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Aid Groups Slam Gaza Blockade

A coalition of human rights and development groups has condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza as the worst humanitarian crisis the territory has suffered since 1967. The Israeli government has defended the blockade as a necessary strategy against rocket attacks, a claim the aid groups reject.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


The British Are Leaving!

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Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


Brits Bid Basra Cheerio

British forces have relocated to the Basra airport, leaving Iraq’s No. 2 city in the hands of Iraqis for the first time since the invasion. For many locals, it was a welcome withdrawal: “We are pleased that the Iraqi army are now taking over the situation. We as an Iraqi people reject occupation. We reject colonialism. We want our freedom,” one resident told the AP.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Blair
radaronline.com

Checking In With the Willing

Radar Online checks in with Mongolia, Bulgaria and the other member nations of the “coalition of the willing” still fighting in Iraq. Albania, true to its love of George W. Bush, promises to see the war through to the end, with its 120 troops. Reminder: Of the roughly 162,000 troops fighting in Iraq, 150,000 are American, 7,100 are British and the rest, a hodgepodge of nations from Armenia to the Ukraine—and that’s not counting the mercenaries.

Posted on Jun 13, 2007 READ MORE


Karzai
irfwp.org

Furor in Afghanistan Over Civilian Deaths

Afghan President Hamid Karzai berated foreign military leaders after local police reported roughly 50 civilian deaths, including women and children, from a U.S.-led operation. He told the top brass his people’s patience was “wearing thin.” The U.S. says it is not aware of any civilian deaths, but a U.N. team investigated and found the report credible.

Posted on May 2, 2007 READ MORE


Iraqi with hammer
AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Saddam Has the Last Laugh

The man who once famously took a sledgehammer to Saddam Hussein’s statue now says “the Americans are worse than the dictatorship.” That’s a growing sentiment in George W. Bush’s Iraq, where a majority of people view attacks on coalition forces as acceptable.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush

A Coalition of the Unwilling

While America is still begrudgingly coming to terms with the climate crisis, British politicians, scientists and newspapers have been shouting from the rooftops for years. So why is the U.S. so far behind its closest ally? Truthdig foreign correspondent Sarah Stillman spoke with more than 20 experts to find out.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Coffin
from jwharrison.com

‘Friendly Fire’ Caught on Tape

Britain’s Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of a “top secret” tape that depicts the adolescent joy of two U.S. fighter pilots as they gunned down a British convoy, killing Lance Cpl. Matty Hull and injuring four others.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Sadr
msnbcmedia.msn.com

Sadr Considers Cease-Fire

Muqtada al-Sadr may call for a monthlong unilateral cease-fire amid the formation of a new political coalition in Iraq.  Sadr is set to meet Thursday with key Shiite political leaders and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to discuss his role, or lack thereof, in the changing political landscape.

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Ralph Reed
From wikipedia.org

Christian Coalition Losing Chapters

State affiliates are severing ties with the conservative evangelical organization, in part because it’s diverting attention from abortion and same-sex marriage to address other issues—like the environment.
So: The Christian Coalition begins supporting a non-hateful cause that could actually improve the world, and it gets deserted by affiliates that see same-sex marriage as a greater threat than global warming.
In other words, the Christian Coalition got out-crazied!

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert

Colbert on Ralph Reed’s Golden Rule: ‘Screw Unto Others’

The “Colbert Report” host rips Ralph Reed, who recently lost the Georgia Lt. Gov. race. When a wave of mock sympathy ran through the audience over Reed’s demise, Colbert said, “Send [Reed] your strength. He’s like Tinkerbell.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


Save the Internet (No Joke)

A coalition of conservatives and progressives has formed to defeat a law that would allow Internet provider companies to decide which sites load up the fastest—based on who pays them the most. Such a law would upend the even playing field that every site on the Web now enjoys. Check it out and contact your congressperson.
When a right-wing blog like Instapundit and a left-wing organization like MoveOn.org get together on something, it’s worth paying attention to.

Posted on Apr 22, 2006 READ MORE


Senate Panel Passes Immigration Bill

The bill, which requires approval by the full Senate, clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, and will allow some 1.5 million workers to seek temporary jobs legally.
This is a big win for the hundreds of thousands of people who joined protest marches this past weekend.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Seventeen U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq Over Weekend

Twelve die in Blackhawk helicopter crash, five in other attacks | more

Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


Who Will Rule After Bush’s ‘Victory’?

The big winners in Iraq will be Iran’s ayatollahs, sponsors of their fellow Shiite theocrats who are the main U.S. surrogates on the ground in Iraq.  To make sure, they’ve arranged a double whammy:

Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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