Posts Tagged ‘region’

Saudi arrests protesters in eastern Shiite region

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Saudi authorities detained a number of protesters Friday in the restive eastern Shiite region after they set tires ablaze during an overnight rally, the kingdom’s official news agency reported.
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UAE sends food parcels to Pakistans tribal region

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent 20,000 food parcels costing a total of $1 million to be distributed among needy families in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region. The food will be distributed …
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"You won’t be able to reshape that country without messing up the entire region."

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

“…“Syria has become a convenient battlefield for everyone, a place to divide the Arab world, said Farid Khazan, a Lebanese lawmaker and a professor of political science at American University of Beirut. “You won’t be able to reshape that country without messing up the entire region.”Tensions between Sunnis and Shiites in Syria have already destabilized communities in northern Lebanon and Iraq, according to U.S. and Mideast strategists. In Jordan, officials fear that the rise of fundamentalist Sunni groups in Syria, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, could threaten King Abdullah’s monarchy……
The conflict has huge ramifications for neighboring countries. As violence rises, Syrians are fleeing in ever-larger numbers. Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled to Lebanon since Thursday, while thousands more are pouring into Iraq by land and by air, and Jordan says that more than 100,000 Syrians are now within its borders.
Lebanon has already had several sectarian clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria’s regime. Lebanon also is a stage for regional rivalries to play out between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which back feuding Lebanese political factions.
“I don’t think Lebanon has ever been through a situation this sensitive and complicated as right now. The divisions are very deep,” a senior Hezbollah official said. …”

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Good news for Arab peoples

July 18th, 2012 Comments off
The Americans remain committed not to “democracy” but to stability, a strategy identified by US academic and government consultant Samuel P Huntington in his classic academic book of 1968 on the importance of political order and stability in the changing Third World for imperial interests. That democracy is seen as inherently unstable and dictatorship as ensuring stability is no longer a viable course of action for members of the US administration, though they are still undecided on whether this understanding should be abandoned in some countries while maintained in others. Whereas the region continues to lack the democracy for which its people have been fighting for more than a century, despite the “Arab Spring” and the regime changes it elicited, the main achievement of the uprisings has so far been an instability that could end up changing the strategic rules of the game that the United States introduced to the region after World War II. And that is good news for the Arab peoples.”

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The view from Kenya

July 9th, 2012 Comments off
“I for one do not know whether Iran’s nuclear programme is for bombs or lamps, but hey, why should the Americans tell Iran what Iran can and cannot do? In a region dominated by the nuclear might of Israel, pampered minion of the United States, who would not want to arm themselves? Honestly, I do not know why countries like Syria, Egypt and other Arab states have not waded into the radioactive argument.” (thanks Bu’ush)

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Syrian military holds exercises in show of force

July 8th, 2012 Comments off

This citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Monday, July 4, 2012, purports to show a Free Syrian Army soldier aiming his weapon in the northern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province, Syria. Syria's military began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside "aggression," the state-run news agency said Sunday an apparent warning to other countries not to intervene in the country's crisis. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, SNN)THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTOIn a show of force, Syria began large-scale military exercises Sunday to simulate defending the country against outside "aggression." Damascus' staunch ally Iran warned of a "catastrophe" in the region if no political solution to the 16-month-old Syrian conflict is found.

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Rod Nordland

June 29th, 2012 Comments off
So my sources tell me that Mr. Nordland (who is doing a lousy job covering Lebanon and Syria as of late) had worked for Newsweek and was an expert on “terrorist” links before becoming a roving correspondent for the Times. Your typical Times correspondent without language and culture and region training. Good luck.

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Palestinians in Lebanon

June 26th, 2012 Comments off
Over the course of the past three decades, the Palestinian refugees have been turned into Lebanon’s whipping boys. That was the case after the army launched its campaign against them in the Saida region after the exile of General Michel Aoun – those in charge at the time thought that would appease the dejected Christians. It was also the case in the insane campaign against Nahr al-Bared a few years ago, an abominable military assault launched under the banner of going after terrorists and criminals.  The outcome, in both cases, was to subject the residents of the camps and their environs to further killing, persecution and displacement and to unending humiliation, in the name of security and the law. The Palestinian Authority has never stood by its people. It has always treated the refugees in the camps as second-class subjects, if not commodities to be bought and sold as part of the political game. It regularly tries to keep them quiet by dispensing cash to a few big shots, which is quickly spent on turf wars in the already ravaged alleyways.  The “civilized” world, for its part, is only interested in dismantling the Palestinians’ social structures in the diaspora, as in historic Palestine.”

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Tabsir Redux: Is There a Middle East?

June 25th, 2012 Comments off

[The following post is about a conference held five years ago, but the papers from the conference have been published in a new volume edited by the late Michael E. Bonine, Abbas Amanat and Michael Ezekiel Gaspar entitled Is There a Middle East?. This is a book well worth reading and owing.]

Is there a Middle East? At first glance we either have a very silly question or an occasion for an academic conference. In this case it was the latter at Yale University this past weekend. The Council for Middle East Studies of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies hosted a dozen scholars from various disciplines. Papers were given on the history of the term “Middle East,” its geographical borders in maps and mental templates, how the region implied has been imagined, colonially appropriated and the continuing relevance of the region in a world hooked on oil and stymied by regional terrorism.

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NATO to meet after Turkey accuses Syria over downed jet

June 24th, 2012 Comments off

View of the main entrance to the NATO headquarters in BrusselsNATO said it will hold an emergency meeting after Ankara on Sunday accused Syria of downing a Turkish jet in international airspace, raising fears that tensions could soar in the tinderbox region.

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