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Bomb ‘kills senior Egypt policeman’

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, officials say.
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Pirates rob Japanese tanker in Malacca Strait

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pirates raided a Japanese tanker in the Malacca Strait and pilfered several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday.
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On Eve of Saint George’s Day, BBC Reminds Us of His Links to Palestine

April 23rd, 2014 No comments

Tomorrow,  April 23, is Saint George’s Day; St. George is of course a patron saint of England (and many other places including Georgia), and the BBC notes “Why St. George is a Palestinian hero.” I suspect my readers may already know what the BBC may assume its listeners do not: because he was a local boy, of course.

The early martyr and reputed dragon-slayer was traditionally born to a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Roman Palestine, and closely associated with the town of Lydda (today known as Lod).

He is said to have been martyred under Diocletian in 303 AD, but remains a popular saint in Palestinian Christian tradition, and also venerated by Muslims due to a popular identification with al-Khidr.

Sorry, the dragon story seems to have come along later.

And I guess I should quote Henry V:

I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’


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Former AP photographer Harry Koundakjian dies

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

This June 15, 2012 photo shows retired Associated Press photographer and photo editor Harry Koundakjian at the 2012 Alumni Reception at the AP's New York headquarters in New York. Koundakjian died Monday, April 21, 2014, in New York. He was 83. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Koundakjian, a former photographer and photo editor for The Associated Press in the Middle East and New York City, has died. He was 83.

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Syria Sets Presidential Election Date

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Yesterday Syria announced that it will hold Presidential elections on June 3. I am not making this up; Bashar al-Asad plans to hold elections in the midst of the Syrian civil war.

Bassam Haddad has an interview with NPR which you can listen to at Jadaliyya.

Meanwhile, this is making the rounds on social media:


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Search for MH370 reveals a military vulnerability for China

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 is pictured during a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370, in the south Indian OceanBy Greg Torode and Michael Martina HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – When Chinese naval supply vessel Qiandaohu entered Australia's Albany Port this month to replenish Chinese warships helping search for a missing Malaysian airliner, it highlighted a strategic headache for Beijing – its lack of offshore bases and friendly ports to call on. China's deployment for the search – 18 warships, smaller coastguard vessels, a civilian cargo ship and an Antarctic icebreaker – has stretched the supply lines and logistics of its rapidly expanding navy, Chinese analysts and regional military attaches say. China's naval planners know they will have to fill this strategic gap to meet Beijing's desire for a fully operational blue-water navy by 2050 – especially if access around Southeast Asia or beyond is needed in times of tension. China is determined to eventually challenge Washington's traditional naval dominance across the Asia Pacific and is keen to be able to protect its own strategic interests across the Indian Ocean and Middle East.

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MERS death toll hits 81 in Saudi

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Saudi medical staff and a security guard stand at the closed gate of the emergency department as exit and entry is banned at King Fahd Hospital, on April 9, 2014 in JeddahThe MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the country. A 73-year-old Saudi who suffered from chronic illnesses died in Riyadh and a compatriot diagnosed with the virus, aged 54, died in the port city of Jeddah, the health ministry said late Monday. The World Health Organisation said on April 17 that it has been informed of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS worldwide, including 93 deaths. Saudi Arabia on Monday dismissed its health minister, Abdullah al-Rabiah, without any explanation.

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First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Head of the Hamas government Haniyeh waves outside his office in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's position. Few Palestinians expect a breakthrough in the deadlock that has paralyzed Palestinian politics, and many have low expectations of any resolution to the seemingly endless duel. A deal could restore a measure of sovereignty to Abbas in Gaza and boost his negotiating power with Israel in any future peace talks, although such a partnership could also provoke a backlash from Israel against the PLO in the occupied West Bank.

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Yemen identifying dead ‘militants’

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

Yemen is carrying out DNA tests to identify suspected militants killed in air strikes in recent days, amid reports they include al-Qaeda leaders.
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Spread of MERS in Saudi Arabia accelerates with 17 new cases

April 22nd, 2014 No comments

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has discovered another 17 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as the total number of confirmed infections of the SARS-like disease has jumped by a third in the kingdom in the past week. King Abdullah replaced the health minister, Abdullah al-Rabeeah, on Monday amid growing public disquiet at the spread of the disease, which was discovered two years ago and kills around a third of sufferers. Rabeeah said on Sunday he did not know why there had been a surge but said it might be part of a seasonal pattern since there had also been a rise in infections last April and May. However, the jump is of particular concern as Saudi Arabia is expected to have a large influx of pilgrims from across the world in July during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, followed in early October by the arrival of millions of people to perform the annual Haj in Mecca and Medina. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second-largest city where many of the new cases have been discovered, is the main entry point for pilgrims visiting nearby Mecca, site of the holiest places in Islam but where there have been no confirmed cases so far.
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