Posts Tagged ‘cause’

Arab Spring bringing little relief to Palestinian cause

July 8th, 2012 Comments off

Will the Arab Spring serve the cause of Palestine?” is a question that has been repeatedly asked, in various ways, over the last year and a half. Many media discussions have been formulated …
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Syrian regime torture

May 16th, 2012 Comments off

Palestinian-Syrian writer, Salmah Kilah, shows signs of torture on his body, after he was released from Syrian regime prisons.  The Syrian regime interrogator also insulted the Palestinian people and their cause.  This is a regime that does not have a legitimacy of one second.

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Infiltration in Syria

March 20th, 2012 Comments off
Based on the damage that the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army have done to the cause of the Syrian popular uprising, I am convinced that both groups are deeply infiltrated by the regime agents.  

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Al-Shabab’s tweets [@HSMPress]

December 18th, 2011 Comments off

Jason Burke, Guardian, Al-Shabab’s tweets won’t boost its cause, 16 Dec 2011

"Somalia’s al-Shabab militants are now using Twitter. You can follow the account @HSMPress – derived from the Shabab’s full name, Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen, or Movement of Freedom Fighter Youth – for pithy updates on their violent campaign to bring a rigorous version of conservative Islam to east Africa and
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Retreat from Iraq no cause to rejoice

December 17th, 2011 Comments off

So the Yanks are going home.
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The West has it figured: "If it’s not Amina, it will be Angelina who will bring down Bashar Assad!"

June 19th, 2011 Comments off

“… Hollywood do-gooder Angelina Jolie met with Syrian refugees in Turkey today. Though there are fewer than 10,000 of them so far, Jolie could help their plight become a cause célèbre and push governments to take stronger action against the Syrian regime …”

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Afghan Protests against Qur’an-Burning cause Deaths

April 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Some 2000 protesters came out in Qandahar on Friday, meeting police fire that left 9 dead and 73 injured, when they protested the burning of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, by a crazed American pastor. In the northern city of Mazar-i Sharif, thousands demonstrated, and a mob attacked a UN outpost and killed 5, with the same number of protesters being killed by police.

I think Afghan intellectuals and leaders know that Terry Jones is a minor nut job. But this issue allows some of them to organize to protest the over 100,000 US troops in their country, which is really what they are objecting to.

The decision of the Obama administration to do wide-ranging counter-insurgency rather than targeted counter-terrorism in Afghanistan has left that country full of frustrations with the US heavy footprint.

Aljazeera English has video:

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It’s Official: Tunisia Now Freer than the U.S.

March 8th, 2011 Comments off

Tunisian Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi announced on Monday the dissolution of the country’s secret police arm. This step toward democracy is the most important taken by any Arab country for decades.

Euronews has video:

Tunisia’s interim government also abolished the ‘Ministry of Information,’ which had been in charge of censorship, allowing a free press to flourish. Of course censorship, especially habits of self–censorship, does not actually disappear with the stroke of a pen. Employees of state t.v. have struck recently to protest what they consider government censorship of their news reports.

An Arab country with neither secret police nor censorship is unprecedented in recent decades. Tunisia is inspiring similar demands in Egypt and Jordan. When skeptics wonder if the Revolutions of 2011 would really change anything essential in the region, they would be wise to keep an eye on these two developments in Tunisia, which, if consolidated, would represent an epochal transformation of culture and politics.

In the United States, the fourth amendment had been intended to prevent unreasonable and arbitrary domestic surveillance of Americans. It says,

‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.’

Not only were people not to be spied upon by the government without a warrant, but warrants were not to be issued without probable cause.

Arguably, Tunisians are now freer than Americans. The US government thinks our private emails are actually public. The FBI and NSA routinely read our email and they and other branches of the US government issue security letters in the place of warrants allowing them to tap phones and monitor whom we call, and even to call up our library records and conduct searches of our homes without telling us about it. Millions of telephone records were turned over to George W. Bush by our weaselly telecom companies. Courts allow government agents to sneak onto our property and put GPS tracking devices under our automobiles without so much as a warrant or even probable cause. Mr. Obama thinks this way of proceeding is a dandy idea.

The Fourth Amendment is on the verge of vanishing, and this attack on the Constitution is being abetted by pusillanimous and corrupt judges and fascistic elements in our national security apparatus. Freedom of peaceable assembly is also being whittled away in the United States of America via devices such as ‘free speech zones;’ the founding generation intended that the whole of the United States be a free speech zone. Many of the protests in the Middle East being cheered on by Americans would be illegal in this country.

Few among the public even seem to care about these assaults on our liberties here. At least the youth of the Middle East can generate a little passion over censorship and unreasonable surveillance. Makes an old Madisonian tear up a little.

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Protest Cartoons

February 15th, 2011 Comments off

Political cartoons can be a cause for genuine laughter (not like the infamous Danish cartoon controversy). There were quite a few that appeared during the Egyptian protests, but this is my favorite.

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Saudi donations to the Palestinian cause

December 17th, 2010 Comments off

An source who wishes to remain anonymous sent me this:  “I volunteered in a Palestinian NGO based in Beirut last summer and was told by a co-worker that Saudis who donate often come there secretively and give the donations in cash, out of fear of the Saudi government.”

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