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Israel Is Likely to Attack Iran, CIA Veteran Robert Baer Warns

Robert Baer, the veteran CIA operations officer whose book was the basis for the film “Syriana,” says an Israeli attack on Iran is likely and warns that the U.S. could be drawn into yet another conflict.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press

Pro-Gov’t Protesters Descend Upon U.S., French Embassies in Syria

Syrian protesters siding with Prime Minister Bashar Assad’s regime made their displeasure with the U.S. and France apparent, after those countries showed support for the opposition, by attacking their embassies in Damascus on Monday.

Posted on Jul 11, 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


Syria Has Seen Similar Bloodshed Before

History comes full circle in Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez al-Assad’s army stormed into the ancient cities to end an Islamist uprising.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Assad Arranges Rallies in Praise of Regime

Tens of thousands of Syrians took to the streets in support of President Bashar al-Assad in demonstrations across the country Tuesday, many at the behest of the government and their employers. (more)

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Gay Girl in Damascus’? Not So Much

In a curious case of scrambled online identities, a 40-year-old American man has been outed as the writer of an attention-grabbing blog by the name of A Gay Girl in Damascus, which was supposedly written by a Syrian-American lesbian.

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

You Can’t March if You’re Dead

For the second time in three weeks, Israeli forces opened fire on pro-Palestinian protesters, killing as many as 20 (that figure comes from Syrian television by way of the BBC, and is disputed by Israel).

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Syria Turns Facebook on Protesters

Syrian authorities are busy proving Julian Assange right as they use what he called “the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented” to keep tabs on their country’s digital dissidents. (more)

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Flickr / Syria-Frames-Of-Freedom

Syrian Revolt: 900 Dead and Counting

The number of people killed in the current Syrian uprising soared above 900 on Saturday when security officers fired on a crowd marching in memory of others lost to state violence during the two-month struggle. (more)

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

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AP / Mohammed Zaatari

Israel Opens Fire on Protesters (Video)

As many as 13 are dead and scores more injured after Israeli forces shot at protesters Sunday. Crowds gathered near the borders of Gaza, Lebanon and Syria to condemn the founding of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said of the dead, “Their blood will not go to waste.” (more)

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EU to Place Sanctions on Syria

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Syria next week in response to the Assad regime’s latest violent crackdowns, which have killed as many as 16 protesters.

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Al-Jazeera: ‘Return Our Journalist’

Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvaz, 39, has gone missing after landing in Damascus on Friday to cover the events in Syria, the news agency says. Dozens of journalists are reported to have been detained by the Syrian government since the uprisings began in mid-March.

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Syrian Security Forces Besiege City With Tanks, Snipers

The city of Deraa, where Syria’s anti-government protest movement began nearly two months ago, has become a giant death trap, with tanks leveling entire neighborhoods and snipers taking out anyone who comes in their sights ... (more)

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European Leaders Threaten Sanctions Against Syria

British, French and Italian leaders say they will apply economic pressure against Syria if President Bashar al-Assad doesn’t end the violence against demonstrators.

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Syria Ends Emergency Rule as Opposition Gains Momentum

Observers say the concessions could mark the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad. (more)

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria Moves to End Emergency Rule

After weeks of anti-government protests that show no sign of cooling, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has decided to try to quell the dissent with honey rather than vinegar, overturning a national state of emergency that has lasted nearly 50 years.

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Al-Jazeera English

27 Killed in Latest Syrian Protest

At least 27 demonstrators are dead at the hands of Syrian security forces as new protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad erupted Friday in the southern city of Daraa.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

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AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syrian Protests Turn Deadly

At least 20 people were killed when Syrian police opened fire on anti-government protesters near the southern city of Daraa as demonstrations against the regime of Bashar al-Assad continued across the country.

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AP / Hossam Ali

Cops Disperse Syrian Funeral for Protesters

A crowd of 20,000 people at a funeral for six slain protesters in the southern Syrian town of Dara’a was dispersed by police with tear gas and truncheons Saturday.

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Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Warren Christopher, secretary of state in the Clinton administration, died Friday at the age of 85. Christopher was a skilled negotiator and figured prominently in helping resolve a number of crises during the Clinton and Carter years.

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AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Egypt’s Effects Go Beyond Its Borders

What’s happening in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere around Egypt is likely to lead to substantial changes in that country that could well be contagious across the region.

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AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad Holds Rally at Lebanon-Israel Border

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made quite a provocative gesture by staging a pro-Hezbollah rally at a Lebanese border town near Israel on Thursday—a scene that was not lost on the Israeli military.

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Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


The Tortured Logic Continues

“Extraordinary rendition” is White House-speak for kidnapping. Just ask Maher Arar. He’s a Canadian citizen who was “rendered” by the U.S. to Syria, where he was tortured for almost a year.

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state.gov

That’s Why They Call It Diplomacy

The chances of peace in the Middle East over the next four to eight years have something to do with what Hillary Clinton is able to achieve there. We’re getting a first glimpse this week, as Clinton makes overtures to Syria, Iran and the Palestinians while trying not to threaten Israel’s BFF status.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE



Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Michael J. Ayotte

It’s Obama’s War Now

Combat troops are to be pulled out of Iraq by August 2010, President Obama said, but some 50,000 occupation troops will remain behind. Someone should let the Iraqis know the distinction.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

A Choice Between Peace and Peril

Bibi Netanyahu’s assumption of power in Israel sets the stage for a huge campaign by the Israeli government, and its well-oiled lobby groups in Washington, to push us into a war with Iran, but a stable relationship with Iran would do more to protect Israel and our interests in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Sebastian Scheiner

With Gaza, Journalists Fail Again

The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Abdel Kareem Hana

The Language of Death

Israel will, from now on, speak to the Palestinians in the language of death. And the language of death is all the Palestinians will be able to speak back. The slaughter—let’s stop pretending this is a war—is empowering an array of radical Islamists inside and outside of Gaza.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Khaled Omar

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of President Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state? It is not.

Posted on Jan 6, 2009 READ MORE


Why Obama Can Keep Gates

If the prospect of appointing Hillary Clinton as secretary of state irritates the Obama base, what will they make of keeping the man who has executed President Bush’s policies at the Pentagon?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

Secret Rumsfeld Order OK’d Raids in All Nations

Since 2004, U.S. operatives have been crossing the borders of friends and foes alike in a secret global hunt for al-Qaida. According to a bombshell report in The New York Times, a dozen or so raids have been conducted in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere since Donald Rumsfeld issued a secret order with the backing of the president.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


‘What Happens in Syria Stays in Syria’

The Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates whether the recent U.S. attack in Syria was motivated by John McCain’s sagging polls.

Posted on Nov 2, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Raid
latimes.com

Did Syria OK U.S. Attack?

While President Bush may not be too keen on diplomacy with U.S. “enemies,” talks of a military nature might be more his cup of tea. An Israeli intelligence expert says that Sunday’s U.S. attack inside Syrian territory may have been the result of a covert agreement between the two states to kill an al-Qaida operative.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008 READ MORE



goarmy.com

U.S. Attack in Syria Kills 8

Syrian authorities have demanded to know why U.S. forces crossed the Iraq-Syria border and killed eight people. A U.S. official said the raid—the first ever on Syrian soil—targeted foreign fighters. Damascus said the dead were Syrian civilians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


The Cost of Saakashvili’s Folly

The West’s response to the situation in Georgia evades acknowledgement of the damage Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has done to the United States and NATO, and to Georgia itself, which for the foreseeable future will now be a nation of limited sovereignty, and an awkward embarrassment to its Western allies.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Film Gets Up Close With Iraqi Refugees

Two million Iraqis are living as refugees in Syria and Jordan, and the U.S. seems to be doing nothing to help the vast majority of them despite occupying their country while posing as a savior. A new film, “The Hard Way Home,” produced by the BBC to give faces to that depressing number, is available on YouTube in six parts. Here is the first.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Succeeds by Doing Nothing

Without a shot being fired, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ensured that anyone who wants anything in the Middle East has got to talk to Syria. He’s done nothing—and he’s won.

Posted on Aug 3, 2008 READ MORE


Israel’s Olmert to Hang It Up

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, beset by accusations of corruption and bribery, announced Wednesday that he will resign after an internal Kadima Party election to choose a new leader on Sept. 17.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


Educating the U.S. About the Middle East

“You in the West have a moral duty in Europe to educate the United States more about the Middle East. If they don’t listen to you, they will not listen to us. They will continue with their mistakes.” I don’t think they’re going to listen, I mutter.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


Sudan crash
bbc.co.uk

Dozens Killed in Sudan Plane Crash

A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


MIR May 23 report

Two Mideast Peace Stories, for a Change

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at two welcome developments in the Middle East: On Wednesday, Israel and Syria said they had begun indirect talks in Turkey, the first confirmation in eight years of negotiations between the long-time enemies. On that same day, the Gulf state of Qatar scored a diplomatic coup by pulling off a deal intended to end Lebanon’s protracted crisis.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


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