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  • First day ends in UAE elections ~ However....the voters were carefully chosen....

    12/16/2006 10:39:30 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 376+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 16 December 2006, 17:36 GMT | BBC Staff
    First day ends in UAE elections Only 1% of citizens will be allowed to vote Polling has ended on the first day of landmark national elections in the United Arab Emirates, in which under 1% of citizens are allowed to vote.Voters hand-picked by the government are choosing half of the Federal National Council, an advisory body. Voting began in two of the UAE's seven emirates, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. Other emirates vote during the coming week. Early results confirmed a woman, Amal Abdullah al-Kubaissi, as the winner of one of four seats in Abu Dhabi. "This is an honour...
  • Bush: Freedom Has Brought Hope to Millions

    08/20/2006 1:46:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 50 replies · 961+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2006 – The advance of freedom will help protect the U.S. homeland, defeat terrorism and bring hope to people around the world, President Bush said yesterday. “Freedom has brought hope to millions, and it's helped foster the development of young democracies from Baghdad to Beirut,” Bush said in his weekly radio address to the nation. The recent conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is part of a broader struggle between freedom and terror that is unfolding in the Middle East, he said. The president said it was not a coincidence that the two nations that are building...
  • Other Arabs Noting Iraq's March to Democracy, Abizaid Says

    03/15/2006 3:07:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 461+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – Arabs throughout the Middle East are taking note of Iraq's extraordinary march toward democracy, the commander of U.S. Central Command said here yesterday. "It's interesting when I go around the rest of the Arab world; everybody wants to talk about Iraqi politics," Army Gen. John Abizaid told a congressional subcommittee on military and veterans affairs. "That's interesting because they can talk about Iraqi politics, but can't necessarily talk about politics in their own countries." Abizaid said he believes the Iraqi people are confident they will be better off in the future than they were under...
  • King Of Nepal Calls For Talks On Democracy

    02/19/2006 5:23:01 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 416+ views
    King of Nepal calls for talks on democracy (Filed: 20/02/2006) Nepal's King Gyanendra made his first formal approach to the country's estranged political parties yesterday, urging them to join talks and try to put democracy back on track a year after he seized absolute power and fired the government. "We, therefore, call on all willing political parties to come forth to fully activate, at the earliest, the stalled democratic process in the greater interest of the nation," King Gyanendra said in a national democracy day statement. The king also urged anti-monarchy Maoist rebels to shun violence and rejoin the mainstream....
  • US to devote 75 million dollars to promoting democracy in Iran

    02/15/2006 9:45:08 AM PST · by freedom44 · 11 replies · 333+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/15/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US administration will ask Congress for another 75 million dollars to boost democracy in Iran amid growing concern over Tehran's nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. She told a Senate committee the money, which amounts to more than a doubling of the funding for pro-democracy activities in Iran, would go to stepped-up radio and television broadcasts and other programs. "The United States has been at the forefront of nations seeking to take Iran to the UN Security Council on fears that it is seeking nuclear weapons," Rice said in prepared testimony for the Senate...
  • Bush is right, the Middle East is ripe for democracy

    02/02/2006 12:25:08 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 17 replies · 598+ views
    The Australian ^ | 3rd February 2006 | Michael Costello
    THE election of Hamas in Palestine, together with the strong showing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and of the Shia parties in Iraq, is being cited by many on the Left and the Right as proof that it's naive folly for the US to not just support but propagate democracy to the world at large, and the Middle East in particular. The reasons given for this are many. They are wrong. Let's begin with the most common, which is that, although these elections were free and fair, they are likely to produce a Hamas government committed to the destruction...
  • Democratic Disaster?

    01/30/2006 8:17:03 AM PST · by Valin · 12 replies · 1,030+ views
    American Enterprise Online ^ | 1/30/06 | Alan Dowd
    A year ago this time, it appeared as if freedom, at long last, was working its miracles in the stubborn sands of the Arab world. The Purple Thumb Revolution was sweeping through Iraq; Palestinians had given Mahmoud Abbas a resounding democratic mandate; and the Cedar Revolution was primed to push Syria’s puppets out of Lebanon. With a mix of worry and wonder, Fouad Ajami played Middle East meteorologist and concluded, “Now, the Arabs, grasping for a new world, and the Americans, who have helped usher in this unprecedented moment, together ride this storm wave of freedom.” Last week, the storm...
  • Daniel Pipes: Region not ripe for democracy

    01/29/2006 12:32:31 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 58 replies · 1,377+ views
    The Australian ^ | 1/30/2006 | Daniel Pipes
    NOW that Hamas has apparently won the Palestinian elections, the West is hoist with its own petard. On the one hand, Hamas is a terrorist group that unabashedly targets Israeli civilians and calls for the elimination of the Jewish state. On the other hand, it just won what observers deem to have been a reasonably fair election, and so enjoys the legitimacy that comes from the ballot box. Every foreign ministry now confronts a dilemma: nudge Hamas to moderation or give up on it as irredeemably extremist? Meet Hamas members or avoid them? Continue to donate to the Palestinian Authority...
  • Three Cheers for the Bush Doctrine

    01/27/2006 11:38:40 AM PST · by Austin Willard Wright · 30 replies · 1,697+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | May 27, 2005 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    Jon Stewart, the sage of Comedy Central, is one of the few to be honest about it. "What if Bush ... has been right about this all along? I feel like my world view will not sustain itself and I may ... implode." Daniel Schorr, another critic of the Bush foreign policy, ventured, a bit more grudgingly, that Bush "may have had it right." Right on what? That America, using power harnessed to democratic ideals, could begin a transformation of the Arab world from endless tyranny and intolerance to decent governance and democratization. Two years ago, shortly before the invasion...
  • Poll: Afghans, Iraqis most optimistic

    01/24/2006 3:56:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,667+ views
    UPI via The Washington Times ^ | Jan. 24, 2006 | Unkn
    An international poll done for Britain's BBC says Iraqis and Afghans are most optimistic about their economic future, while Italians are among the downcast. Joining the Italians in the pessimism category at people in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo, says the poll of 37,500 people in 32 nations. Joining the Afghans and Iraqis in the optimistic category are Canadians who are bullish not only about their own finances (64 percent), but also about their country (63 percent). In Afghanistan, 70 percent of respondents said their own circumstances are improving, and 57 percent said the country overall is on...
  • Bush: Progress Toward Freer, More Peaceful World Made in 2005

    12/31/2005 10:05:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 31, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2005 – This has been a year of strong progress toward a freer, more peaceful world and a more prosperous America, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address today. "This year we watched the Iraqi people defy the terrorists and suicide bombers and hold three successful elections, voting to choose the only constitutional, democratic government in the Arab world," Bush said." We also saw the people of Afghanistan elect a democratic parliament in a nation that only a few years ago was ruled by the Taliban. "These are amazing achievements in the history of...
  • Out of disaster comes the peace (Indonesia)

    12/29/2005 8:49:48 PM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 409+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/30/05 | Nick Meo
    THE last batch of combat soldiers in Aceh assembled on the dockside yesterday in full kit and armed to the teeth, ready to embark on their troopships as the final act of a bloody 29-year guerrilla war. Supaidin Adi Saputra, Aceh’s military commander, told them they should be proud of fighting to keep Indonesia intact — then told the watching Acehnese: “The flame of peace is burning and we must not let anyone extinguish it.” The head of the feared Indonesian military in Aceh was doing what was almost unthink-able only a year ago; telling its people that the war,...
  • Aceh rebels disband armed wing

    12/27/2005 9:01:46 PM PST · by Valin · 307+ views
    AP ^ | 12/28/05
    PEACE ACCORD: The move was part of an agreement that ends Asia's longest-running separatist insurgency, and sets the stage for the guerillas to run in elections Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing yesterday, fulfilling a crucial part of a tsunami-inspired peace accord to end one of Asia's longest separatist conflicts and paving the way for the guerillas to enter politics. "The Acehnese national army, or the armed wing of the Free Aceh Movement, has demobilized and disbanded," Sofyan Daud, one of the group's commanders, told reporters. "The Aceh national army is now part of civil society, and will...
  • Democracy Is Spreading, Freedom House Finds

    12/25/2005 6:42:43 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 25 replies · 665+ views
    NY Sun ^ | December 20, 2005 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    WASHINGTON - As the political battle intensifies over President Bush's efforts to spread democracy to Iraq and the Middle East, an influential human rights organization, Freedom House, has found that the past year brought significant improvements in personal and political rights across the region. Reports of increased freedom emerged from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian territories, and observers attributed the results to the Bush administration's support of fledgling democracies worldwide.
  • In the Mideast, Democratic Momentum

    12/19/2005 3:06:06 AM PST · by liberallarry · 28 replies · 739+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2005 | Jackson Diehl
    Though Iraq has now held the freest election in Arab history, conventional wisdom in Washington and the Middle East still dismisses the Bush administration's hope that its military intervention will catalyze democratic change around the region... That's one of the perverse effects of the war: Amid all the noise of suicide bombings, talk of a quagmire for U.S. troops and a sectarian conflict that could lead to Iraq's disintegration, most people haven't noticed that in the rest of the Arab Middle East, the political momentum of the past year has been . . . distinctly democratic.... any honest examination of...
  • King shocks tiny nation by saying he'll quit

    12/19/2005 10:22:12 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 44 replies · 1,474+ views
    Chicago-Sun Times ^ | DEC 19, 2005
    GAUHATI, India -- The king of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has said he will step down as ruler in 2008 and hold the country's first national elections for a parliamentary democracy, state media reported Sunday. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck said he will be succeeded by his son, the crown prince. ''Bhutan will remain strong and glorious and our country will achieve greater prosperity with the sun of peace and happiness shining on our people,'' the king said. The king has been circulating a draft constitution for months that would end almost 100 years of monarchical rule in the...
  • Bush's New Arab World

    12/15/2005 11:57:05 AM PST · by flixxx · 2 replies · 527+ views
    the weeklystandard ^ | 12 15 05 | Duncan Currie
    REMEMBER THE "Arab Spring"? That ephemeral blip of, oh, six or seven weeks last February and March when scattered Bush critics second-guessed their opposition to the Iraq war and the president's Mideast-democracy project? Given that most Americans now deem the war a mistake, it's easy to forget that, only 9 months ago, conservatives and liberals alike were hailing George W. Bush as the 400-pound gorilla of a nascent transformation in Arab politics.
  • UAE to hold first elections

    12/01/2005 5:19:05 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 408+ views
    CNN ^ | Thursday, December 1, 2005
    The United Arab Emirates will hold its first limited elections for half of its consultative National Council, part of a move towards reform, the Gulf Arab country's president said on Thursday. "In light of the changes and reforms our region is witnessing ... we decided to begin activating the National Assembly by electing half of its members," Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayahan said in a speech to mark the UAE's national day. The speech, carried on state news agency WAM, gave no date for the election to the council, whose 40 members are currently all appointed by the seven semi-autonomous emirates...
  • Egyptians Vote in Rare Contested Election

    11/09/2005 5:40:59 AM PST · by Wiz · 158+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2005 Nov 9 | Nadia Abou El-Magd
    CAIRO, Egypt - Egyptians cast ballots Wednesday in their most robustly contested parliamentary election in more than 50 years, but no one expected the vote to unseat the long-dominant party of President Hosni Mubarak. Democracy campaigners see the elections as a test of the 77-year-old Mubarak's promise to open up the political system. Popular confidence in the polls will be demonstrated by the turnout. The ruling National Democratic Party is pushing for a large turnout after the disappointment of a September vote, when Mubarak was returned to power. Only 23 percent of 32 million registered voters took part. An independent...
  • Freedom on the March in Liberia (Bush's Fault Alert)

    11/07/2005 6:32:41 PM PST · by HHKrepublican_2 · 4 replies · 310+ views
    Election officials and UN peacekeepers say everything is ready for Liberia's presidential run-off on Tuesday - the first after the end of 14 years of war. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of rival supporters marched through the capital, Monrovia but there were no reports of any trouble. Ex-football star George Weah is facing Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf - seeking to be Africa's first elected female leader. Some 15,000 UN troops are in Liberia to ensure the election goes smoothly. They say they will deal swiftly with any trouble-makers. They are being supported by some 3,000 newly trained Liberian police who were...
  • Faith in Democracy

    11/05/2005 7:36:10 AM PST · by mal · 1 replies · 169+ views
    THE STIRRINGS OF A NEW wave of democracy are underway in one of the least probable regions of the world: the Middle East and Central Asia. Elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Palestinian territory, and Lebanon, together with rumblings of liberalization in Egypt, are tangible signs of a growing desire for democratic forms. While the ultimate prospects for success are uncertain--waves of democracy have been partly reversed before--all observers agree that the outcome will hinge in part on meeting the enormous challenges stemming from the interactions of faith and politics. The influence of religion, especially Islam, is considerable throughout the region,...
  • Iraq's Draft Constitution Adopted By Voters

    10/25/2005 4:10:40 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 120 replies · 3,494+ views
    NBC-5 Chicago ^ | 10/25/05
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Final results indicate that Iraq's draft constitution has been adopted by Iraqis voting in the Oct. 15 referendum.
  • Iraqi Voting Strikes Blow for Freedom, Bush Says

    10/15/2005 2:16:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 574+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 15, 2005 | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2005 – The millions of Iraqis who voted in their country's landmark Oct. 15, 2005, constitutional referendum have dealt a catastrophic blow to the worldwide al Qaeda terrorist network, which would like to subjugate them and the entire Middle East to a jihadist, terrorist tyranny, President Bush said today in his weekly radio address. "By casting their ballots," Bush said, "the Iraqi people deal a severe blow to the terrorists and send a clear message to the world: Iraqis will decide the future of their country through peaceful elections, not violent insurgency ... . "The terrorists," he...
  • Afghanistan Releases First Election Results

    10/06/2005 1:27:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 343+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | October 6, 2005 | Waheedullah Massoud
    KABUL -- War-scarred Afghanistan took another step on Thursday toward forming its first parliament in more than three decades when the first provisional results from last month's landmark vote were released. But with key warlords and members of the ousted Taliban regime dominating initial counting in some areas, there was concern that the new body would become mired in the old power struggles that have broken down this destitute nation. "We have now completed the physical process of counting the ballot papers in all provinces across Afghanistan," said Peter Erben, head of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) that organized...
  • Afghans enjoy successful election day [Update 9/23/2005]

    09/24/2005 7:43:26 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 5 replies · 295+ views
    U.S. Central Command ^ | 9/23/2005 | U.S. Central Command
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – The people of Afghanistan woke up this morning to a brighter future, after successfully voting in their new leadership in a day marked by limited violence near only a handful of voting stations. Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and international military forces ensured more than 12.5 million registered voters had an opportunity to participate in the National Assembly Elections in a relatively safe and secure environment. Jahwedolah, an ANP patrolman said, “It’s a historical day that we have today…it will be good for our future and we will have a good future.” “The election...
  • Successful Afghan Elections Prove Critics Wrong, Rumsfeld Says

    09/21/2005 4:24:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 388+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2005 – The successful parliamentary elections in Afghanistan Sept. 18 have proven wrong all critics of U.S. efforts in that country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a Pentagon news briefing today. Critics of the war in Afghanistan were not just wrong, they were harmful because they made the cause seem hopeless, Rumsfeld said. The millions of Afghan citizens who turned out to vote proved them wrong, and terrorists weren't able to affect the elections, he said. "Terrorists have done everything in their power to try to intimidate the millions of Afghan voters and the literally thousands...
  • Afghans Enjoy Successful Election Day

    09/19/2005 6:15:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 263+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 19, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2005 – The people of Afghanistan successfully voted in new leaders Sept. 18. Limited violence was reported near only a handful of voting stations, military officials said. Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and international military forces ensured more than 12.5 million registered voters had an opportunity to participate in the National Assembly elections in a relatively safe and secure environment. "It's a historical day that we have today. ... It will be good for our future, and we will have a good future," Jahwedolah, an Afghan police patrolman, said. The election results will not be known...
  • Millions vote in Afghanistan (reposted again)

    09/19/2005 2:49:11 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 9 replies · 399+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | 19 September 2005 | Daniel Cooney
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Some filed into schools to cast their ballots amid lessons still scrawled on blackboards. Others stepped over piles of shoes to vote in mosques. In remote areas, tents served as polling stations. Across Afghanistan, millions lined up at polling stations in defiance of a Taliban boycott call and militant attacks to vote for a new parliament Sunday. It was the last formal step in starting a democracy aimed at ending decades of rule by the gun. “Today is a magnificent day for Afghanistan,” said Ali Safar, 62, standing in line to vote in Kabul. “We want dignity,...
  • President Bush Congratulates Afghan People and Government on Successful Parliamentary Elections

    09/18/2005 6:38:44 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 14 replies · 465+ views
    whitehouse.gov ^ | September 18, 2005 | President George W. Bush
    President Congratulates Afghan People and Government on Successful Parliamentary Elections I congratulate the Afghan people and Afghan Government for today's successful parliamentary elections, which are a major step forward in Afghanistan's development as a democratic state governed by the rule of law. Braving deadly attacks and threats of violence, Afghans voted in large numbers for representatives to their new National Assembly and Provincial Councils. We commend the tremendous progress that the Afghan people havemade in recent years, and we pledge the full support of the United States as Afghanistan acts to meet the new challenges ahead. # # #...
  • Afghans vote in historic elections amid attacks

    09/18/2005 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Linda1956 · 29 replies · 1,343+ views
    MSNBC Associated Press ^ | 09/18/05 | The Associated Press
    Updated: 1:48 p.m. ET Sept. 18, 2005 KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghans chose a legislature for the first time in decades Sunday, embracing their newly recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques. Violence in the hours before voting began and during the day killed 15 people, including a French commando in the U.S.-led coalition that is helping Afghans build a democracy after a quarter-century of conflict. But there were no signs of a spectacular attack threatened by Taliban militants to disrupt the vote. Sunday’s vote was considered the last formal step...
  • Democracy spreads: It's Bush's fault

    06/03/2005 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Mikmur · 7 replies · 603+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 6/3 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “When the people realize they have the power to expose the deceit underlying a government prone to repression, it is the beginning of that regime's end,” - Peter Ackerman, The Boston Globe A resilient, yet experimental venture by the Bush Administration into uncharted waters has proven largely beneficial, as democracy sweeps several countries once occupied by tyrants. The winds of change are blowing across the world as jubilant demonstrators are taking back their God-given right to freedom once usurped by fascist dictators. An unshaken vision of international democracy in coordination with the deep desire of individuals across the world to...
  • Democracy Spreads - It's Bush's Fault

    05/30/2005 10:13:43 PM PDT · by Cyrus the Great · 11 replies · 658+ views
    Conservative Nest ^ | 05/31/05 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “When the people realize they have the power to expose the deceit underlying a government prone to repression, it is the beginning of that regime's end,” Peter Ackerman, Fletcher School graduate and Tufts trustee, op-ed in The Boston Globe A resilient, yet experimental venture by the Bush Administration into uncharted waters has proven largely beneficial as democracy sweeps several countries once occupied by tyrants. The winds of change are blowing across the world as jubilant demonstrators are taking back their God-given right to freedom once usurped by fascist dictators. An unshaken vision of international democracy in coordination with the deep...
  • Another Election in the Middle East.

    05/29/2005 4:49:31 PM PDT · by Wrangler22 · 167+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | May 29, 2005 | John Kuethe
    When President Bush began the war on terror he also began the process of planting the seeds of Democracy in the Middle East. No President has succeeded in sucessfully bringing Democracy to the region, but now we have had elections in Afghanistan, Egypt, and Iraq. We have seen Syria pull out of Lebanon and we now have Lebanon's long-awaited legislative elections. They will begin Sunday in Beirut and in other regions over the following three Sundays in a four stage process. . .
  • Birth of a Nation: With the Syrians gone, Lebanon finds its identity.

    05/27/2005 10:24:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 649+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | May 28, 2005 | Bret Stephens
    Beirut, Lebanon – In September 1986, Raymond Bouban, a 21-year-old Maronite Catholic, was detained by Syrian officers and taken to their intelligence headquarters, in the city's Beau Rivage district. The following day, the mukhabarat accused him of involvement in a rocket attack on their headquarters that had taken place the previous July. Mr. Bouban protested his innocence: He'd been in Europe at the time and had the stamps in his passport to prove it. But the Syrians claimed not to believe him, and demanded a written confession. Mr. Bouban refused. So the torture began. "You know what is a 'German...
  • Democracy Spreads - It's Bush's Fault!

    05/27/2005 2:01:23 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 12 replies · 652+ views
    PersianMirror ^ | 05/27/05 | Slater Bakhtavar
    “When the people realize they have the power to expose the deceit underlying a government prone to repression, it is the beginning of that regime's end,” Peter Ackerman – Fletcher School graduate and Tufts trustee – wrote in an op-ed published in The Boston Globe. A resilient, yet experimental venture by the Bush administration into uncharted waters has proven largely beneficial as democracy sweeps several countries once occupied by tyrants. The winds of change are blowing across the world as jubilant demonstrators are taking back their God-given right to freedom once usurped by fascist dictators. An unshaken vision of...
  • BUSH’S REVERSE DOMINO THEORY- Let Freedom Ring.

    05/21/2005 6:14:03 PM PDT · by WJHII · 1 replies · 221+ views
    nbeaujon.com ^ | 03/01/2005 | N. Beaujon
    The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is ….wait, that’s only the sound of Theocratic Dictatorships Toppling. BUSH’S REVERSE DOMINO THEORY- Let Freedom Ring. by N. Beaujon George Bush may be the worst threat to Fascism in history. Tragically, freedom is spreading and the world’s most beloved terrorist states are falling. What have Bush’s foreign policy wrought? The US has invaded and toppled Afghanistan’s repressive, fundamentalist Taliban regime. They have been replaced by the pro-western, articulate and uber snazzy dresser Hamid Karzai. Democratically held elections recently went off without a hitch and for the first time in 25 years women were...
  • Bush Country - The Middle East embraces democracy--and the American President (great piece!)

    05/22/2005 3:15:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 608+ views
    OPINION JOURNAL.COM ^ | MAY 22, 2005 | FOUAD AJAMI
    "George W. Bush has unleashed a tsunami on this region," a shrewd Kuwaiti merchant who knows the way of his world said to me. The man had no patience with the standard refrain that Arab reform had to come from within, that a foreign power cannot alter the age-old ways of the Arabs. "Everything here--the borders of these states, the oil explorations that remade the life of this world, the political outcomes that favored the elites now in the saddle--came from the outside. This moment of possibility for the Arabs is no exception." A Jordanian of deep political experience at...
  • Arab allies test US 'freedom' agenda

    05/16/2005 11:00:51 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 371+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 17, 2005 | Dan Murphy
    Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazief's meeting with President Bush Wednesday comes at a troubling time for the president's Middle East agenda. The administration's calls for radical change in the region are now butting up against clear resistance from its closest Arab allies. Some, like the monarchies of Bahrain and Jordan, simply continue to limit political competition. Others, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are cracking down on reformists. Egypt has arrested thousands of political opponents in the past two weeks, while Saudi Arabia sentenced three activists on Sunday to up to nine years in jail for "sowing dissent." The actions of...
  • Henry A. Kissinger: Realists vs. idealists

    05/12/2005 7:59:31 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 10 replies · 460+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 12 May 2005 | Henry A. Kissinger
    Extraordinary advances of democracy have occurred in recent months: elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine and Palestine; local elections in Saudi Arabia; Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon; the opening up of the presidential election in Egypt, and upheavals against entrenched authoritarians in Kyrgyzstan. Rarely have conditions seemed so fluid and the environment so malleable. This welcome trend was partly triggered by President George W. Bush's Middle East policy and accelerated by his second inaugural address, which elevated the progress of freedom in the world to the defining objective of American foreign policy. Pundits have interpreted these events as a victory of "idealists"...
  • With Syria leaving Lebanon, can democracy be soon behind?

    04/29/2005 6:56:38 AM PDT · by FlyLow · 4 replies · 226+ views
    JWR ^ | 4-29-05 | Jack Kelly
    The last of 14,000 Syrian troops left Lebanon Tuesday, four days ahead of the deadline set by the United Nations Security Council. Nearly 30 years of occupation was over. Maybe. Lebanese from all walks of life cheered as the Syrians packed up. "We are very happy to see them go," Rafi Tamorian, 25, a resident of the ethnic Armenian town of Anjar, headquarters since 1976 of Syria's intelligence service, told the British newspaper the Times. "They have been treading on our hearts for too long." "The Syrians don't understand this country," the administrator of a hospital in a village in...
  • Left on the wrong side of history

    04/14/2005 6:23:46 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 526+ views
    The Australian ^ | 15th April 2005 | Michael Costello
    HOW has it happened that the Left of politics across the world has ended up opposing a foreign policy philosophy of spreading democracy in favour of supporting the traditional conservative agenda of stability, sovereignty and the status quo? Because that is what the Left is doing in its hostile reaction to George W. Bush's second inaugural address. It is entirely understandable that the Left is viscerally anti-Bush. His political strategy is not based on the democratic approach of seeking the middle ground, but on sharpening differences and divisions, of defaming and intimidating those who do not support him as appeasers,...
  • Lebanese government to be formed Monday -- PM

    04/09/2005 8:39:34 PM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 344+ views
    BEIRUT, April 9 (KUNA) -- Lebanese Premier Omar Karami said Saturday that the new government is scheduled to be announced Monday, indicating that the fourthcoming government will comfort citizens and ease economic conditions in the country. A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said Lebanese President Emile Lahud and Karami had returned home from Rome today, qouting the latter as saying he "held talks on board the plane over the new government's lineup". Regarding the draft election law sent earlier to the parliament, the statement quoted Karami as saying the future government would pull out the draft as soon as...
  • Mark Steyn: The Bush Bandwagon

    03/09/2005 9:26:41 AM PST · by quidnunc · 21 replies · 2,345+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | March 7, 2005 | Mark Steyn
    Come on, lads. You don’t want to be the last to leap aboard the bandwagon. The New York Times are running front page stories with headlines like “Unexpected Whiff Of Freedom Proves Bracing For The Middle East”. Daniel Schorr, the dean of conventional wisdom at National Public Radio, was for once almost ahead of the game, concluding his most recent editorial with a strange combination of words that had never before passed his lips in that particular order: “Bush may have had it right.” Did he simply muff the reading? Did he mean to say: “Bush may have had it —...
  • Newsweek: What Bush Got Right (the shot heard round the world?)

    03/07/2005 8:38:11 PM PST · by mowkeka · 11 replies · 1,039+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Fareed Zakaria
    Newsweek Headline: What Bush Got Right. An actual sentence from the article: Perhaps Arabs and Muslims are not some strange species after all. It is their rulers who are strange....
  • "Was Bush right after all?" asks UK newspaper

    03/07/2005 5:55:27 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies · 1,407+ views
  • Um, `Could Bush be right?'

    03/06/2005 3:33:58 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 52 replies · 2,230+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 6, 2005 | Editorial
    Who on Earth wants to be known as the last foe of freedom? Not Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who Thursday joined a chorus of leaders telling Syrian President Bashar Assad to end his nation's three-decade occupation of Lebanon. Not Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who abruptly announced plans to hold the first free, multiparty election in his country's history. Not President Mahmoud Abbas, whose path to Palestinian independence is now blocked less by Israel than by peace-averse militant groups such as Islamic Jihad and Hamas. And certainly not the brave peoples of Afghanistan, of Georgia, of Ukraine, of Iraq,...
  • A Sudden, Powerful Stirring (You really should read this!)

    03/05/2005 9:09:14 PM PST · by quidnunc · 49 replies · 1,856+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | March 14, 2005 | Fouad Ajami
    In retrospect, it was an appearance by President George W. Bush before the National Endowment for Democracy, in November 2003, that signaled the birth of a new "diplomacy of freedom" in the Arab world. The American military effort in Iraq was in its early stages then; the euphoria of the military campaign had ended, and a war of attrition had begun. Saddam Hussein was still on the loose, and there was no trace of those vaunted weapons of mass destruction that had taken us to war. At that uncertain hour, Bush proposed nothing less than a break with the ways...
  • In the Middle East, the democratic genie is out of the bottle

    03/05/2005 9:19:48 AM PST · by mal · 3 replies · 366+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/14/2005 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    HAVE THE IRAQI ELECTIONS PRODUCED a democratic earthquake that has changed forever the fundamental political dynamics in the Muslim Middle East? Only the culturally deaf, dumb, and blind--for example, Michigan's Democratic senator Carl Levin--can't see what George W. Bush's war against Saddam Hussein has wrought. The issue is not whether the basic understanding of contemporary Muslim political legitimacy has been overturned--it has--but how forcefully the regimes in place will resist the growing Muslim democratic ethic. And the crucial question for the United States is whether the Bush administration will realize that the most consequential regimes in place--Hosni Mubarak's in Egypt,...
  • Political change beginning across Middle East

    03/04/2005 6:40:34 PM PST · by anonymoussierra · 5 replies · 334+ views
    America News Information ^ | America News Information
    WASHINGTON - Iraqis and Palestinians have voted in free elections. Lebanese have demonstrated peacefully to demand an end to Syrian occupation. In Egypt and Saudi Arabia, long-serving rulers have made modest concessions to democracy. For President Bush (news - web sites) and his aides, the rapid-fire cascade of events across the Middle East in recent weeks is further proof that their decision to push democracy in the region and make it a top foreign policy goal was the right one. Yet it's unclear whether the surprising changes coursing through an energy-rich region full of ethnic and religious conflicts will make...
  • Gaddafi says freedom must bloom in Libya

    03/02/2005 3:10:38 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 22 replies · 2,191+ views
    SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi urged his people on Wednesday to let "freedoms blossom" but made no mention of democratic goals like political parties that the United States wants to promote in the Middle East. Gaddafi, whose oil-rich country was a pariah state until he renounced weapons of mass destruction just over a year ago, branded the United States, Britain and Italy as dictatorships and invited them to learn "genuine democracy" in Libya. Gaddafi was speaking on the 28th anniversary of the establishment of the Libyan Jamahiriyah (popular republic), when Libyans were given the right to air...