Monthly Archives: March 2011

Iraq’s Maliki says Bahrain may ignite sectarian war

Reuters: We did not move to support the Shi’ites in Bahrain but we called for interference in Bahraini affairs to be stopped and don’t want to make it a sectarian issue. Because if it happens, it will be like a … Continue reading

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Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests

The Guardian has really showed its worth through its coverage of the revolutionary movements in the Middle East. Here’s its latest gem, an interactive timeline of Middle East protests.

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Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt

If the Muslim Brotherhood was a force even during times when he had to operate in relatively secrecy, it makes sense that it’s power is growing faster than before now that it can operate freely. NYT: In post-revolutionary Egypt, where … Continue reading

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Revolt in Syria

See the video.

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Calls on Facebook for a 3rd Palestinian Uprising

In keeping with recent history, organizers are now using facebook to call for a third intifada, or uprising, in “all” of Palestine. Here’s the link. It has been reported that Israeli authorities have asked facebook to take down this page. … Continue reading

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Celebrity Deaths Happen in Threes

They say celebrity deaths happen in threes. After these history-making moments, they’ll look back and say “Arab dictators fall in 3s” or 4s or 5s.  First Ben Ali, 2nd Mubarak, and now Saleh and Gaddafi cutting in front of each … Continue reading

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In U.S. poll, 60 percent back Libya military action

Reuters: “Sixty percent of Americans support the U.S. and allied military action in Libya to impose a no-fly zone to protect civilians from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found.” You know what this tells … Continue reading

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Don’t forget about the struggle in Bahrain

Latest al-Jazeera video.

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Rebel Insider Concedes Weaknesses in Libya

NYT: Mr. Tarhouni acknowledged the dilemma, saying that without heavy artillery and planes, the rebels were left to rely on the young people who had first faced the colonel’s army with stones. “Now they’re carrying arms,” he said.  “Rightfully so.”

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Netanyahu is freaking out

In 1979, Egypt, the most powerful Arab country and the leader of the movement against Israel, signed peace with Israel, and left the struggle (and was banished from the Arab League). In the same year, Iran, a  one-time staunch ally … Continue reading

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Despite the lack of coverage, Gaza still suffers

Dr. Sara Roy was my master’s thesis adviser at Harvard. She’s brilliant and her recent article on Foreign Policy is stinging: “Indeed, most Gazans have been impoverished and too many have known hunger, a reality (in the form of a … Continue reading

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Libyan rumors

There are unconfirmed reports of great significance. 1. Qaddafi’s son Khamis may have died in a suicide attack, which if true, is a major blow to Qaddafi and his armed forces because Khamis is a key figure in Qaddafi’s loyalist … Continue reading

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Demonstrations in Syria enter 5th day

No country is exempt, some are just less vulnerable to protest because the fear factor is higher.  Syria, where its intelligence agency and security services are among the more efficient and ruthless in region, is now experiencing its 5th day … Continue reading

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