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No impunity for Al-Assad France

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

France has said despite the Arab League making proposal of safe exit for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, it would not earn him an impunity, Xinhua reported. “In the end, for him … there will be …
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The Arab bloody season

July 19th, 2012 Comments off
We may have just entered a full-fledged Arab Bloody Season: that will spread from Syria to Lebanon and beyond.  Brace yourselves for a tough Ramadan.

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Annan urges Security Council to act decisively on Syria

July 18th, 2012 Comments off

Kofi AnnanThe UN and Arab League peace envoy on Syria Kofi Annan has urged UN Security Council members to take "strong and concerted action" to end the violence in Syria, a statement said Wednesday.

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Defected or not defected

July 16th, 2012 Comments off
From Akram, Angry Arab correspondent in Syria:  “Commenting on the case of the “defected” Manaf Tlas, Jihad Makdissi, the spokesperson of the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the following:

The legal situation of Gen. Tlas is that he is an officer in the Syrian Arab Army who chose to leave the country without permission and who knows that the motto of the Syrian Arab Army is “Homeland, Honor, Loyalty”, and I cannot speak on his behalf or about his political viewpoints

Are we witnessing the birth of a new spirit of tolerance towards professional military officers having their own “political point of view” that may differ from the official positions of the regime? Or it’s something else that we need time to understand?”

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Moderate but Islamist…

July 13th, 2012 Comments off


A variety of Islamophobes have comfortable media niches, including “opinion writer” Charles Krauthammer, whose Krauthammering away at Islam as a political force in yesterday’s Washington Post is yet another low blow. Krauthammer admits, almost laments, that Libya “appears to have elected a relatively moderate pro-Western government.” But, then who cares since “Libya is less a country than an oil well with a long beach and myriad tribes.” I suppose one could expand on this to argue that Texas is less a state than an oil well with a long beach and myriad rednecks. Libya is a country, Mr. Krauthammer, and one that is struggling to remake itself after decades of a dictator that the West loved to hate but actually did nothing to undo. Ah, but after all, this is obviously an exception in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring.”

They say that ignorance is bliss, so consider the bliss as Krauthammer’s view unfolds: “Tunisia and Morocco, the most Westernized of all Arab countries, elected Islamist governments. ” The most “Westernized”? This might come as a surprise to the Lebanese, unless they fail to qualify as Arab. Does he mean that they happen to be rather close to Europe? Is being “Westernized” a geographical issue? Does being “Westernized” mean accepting American foreign policy without reservations or having access to iphones and Hollywood movies? Morocco, by the way, is still a kingdom and not part of the “Arab Spring.”

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Links 9-13 July 2012

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

Please do continue to leave suggestions on how to improve the links list (presentation, frequency, etc.), I am listening.



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Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring | United States Institute of Peace:

Another one for the ever expanding reading list – which I look forward to seeing eventually … 

it’s available as a pdf report. There was also an earlier report in the series.   Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics
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Annan talks with Syria neighbours

July 11th, 2012 Comments off

UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan holds talks in Iraq and Iran to discuss possible solutions for ending the conflict in Syria.
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What Drives the Kremlin’s Syria Policy

July 9th, 2012 Comments off
“…There is a generally pessimistic perception in Russia of the consequences of the Arab Spring for the Middle East as a whole, and of the possible results of a Syrian revolution in particular. Moscow considers secular authoritarian regimes to be the only realistic alternative to radical Islamic influences in Arab states. After many years of suffering from Islamic-inspired terrorism and extremism in the North Caucasus, Russian public opinion is on the side of Assad. Moscow sees Assad not so much a bad dictator, but as a leader fighting against an uprising of Islamic barbarism.
The active support for the rebels fighting Assad from Saudi Arabia and Qatar only reinforces Russia’s deep suspicion of the Islamic character of the Syrian insurgency. Russia has long been concerned about Saudi Arabia’s export of radical Wahhabi ideology across the Middle East and beyond, including parts of the North Caucasus. …”



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Annan Syria talks ‘constructive’

July 9th, 2012 Comments off

The UN and Arab League’s envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, says he has held “constructive and candid” talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
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