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  • 'I Wish I Could Die': Meeting the Man Who Helped Trigger the Arab Spring

    01/21/2016 10:43:02 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 26 replies
    SPIEGEL ONLINE ^ | January 21, 2016 | Clemens Höges
    Hosni Kaliya pulls a cigarette out his pack with his mouth. When he poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire, most of his right hand was consumed by the flames and all that remains is a stump without fingers. He still has four fingers on his left hand, but they jut out like claws, burned, stiff and contorted. His fingernails are curled. He wears black wool gloves with the fingertips cut off, so that they won't dangle emptily. A knit cap protects Kaliya's head, where his hair was burned off, and his unusually small ears. But the...
  • Zawahiri: Coming To Egypt

    04/01/2013 5:17:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 1, 2013 | Walid Shoebat
    Zawahiri: Coming To EgyptPosted By Walid Shoebat On April 1, 2013 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments Several Egyptian newspapers like Masr Al-Jadeeda, Al-Istiklal and Medan have published the story of a secret meeting in Pakistan between Ayman Zawahiri, the main man of al-Qaeda, and Muhammad Morsi of Egypt. According to the reports, in this meeting Morsi promised to smuggle Zawahiri back to Egypt.The leak came from an investigative report by Bloch Pakistan Newspaper. The paper stated that since Zawahiri had to travel between Pakistan and Afghanistan to remain in hiding, an agreement was reached in secret...
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    06/04/2015 11:12:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • More than 300,000 people killed in Syria since 2011

    06/09/2015 7:49:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    UPI ^ | June 9, 2015 | FRED LAMBERT
    DAMASCUS, Syria, June 9 (UPI) -- A human rights observer group says more than 320,000 people have been killed in the Syrian Civil War since 2011. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it documented 230,618 deaths in the Syrian Civil War between March 2011, when the conflict began, and June 8, 2015.
  • Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings

    02/16/2011 7:40:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 110 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/16/11 | Mark Landler
    WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. Mr. Obama’s order, known as a Presidential Study Directive, identified likely flashpoints, most notably Egypt, and solicited proposals for how the administration could push for political change in countries with autocratic rulers who are also valuable allies of the United States, these officials said.
  • Prosecutors Said to Recommend Charges Against Former Gen. David Petraeus

    01/09/2015 3:10:52 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 9, 2015 | By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against retired Gen. David H. Petraeus for providing classified information to his former mistress while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison. The Justice Department investigation stems from an affair Mr. Petraeus had with Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, and focuses on whether he gave her access to his C.I.A. email account and other...
  • Obama USING Marxist Experience to PROMOTE Muslim Expansion

    10/28/2014 2:52:12 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | October 28, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    There are several debates when it comes to Barack Obama. One has to do with whether he is more Marxist or more Muslim. The answer may involve his usage of one to promote the elevation of the other ... Though Brzezinski rightly expressed concerns that the ‘Arab Spring’ could turn into the ‘Arab Winter’, he essentially advocated a repeat of his 1979 Afghanistan strategy in Libya ... After Gadhafi was overthrown, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi and the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Tripoli. Those of us with much less worldly experience knew it was a bad idea. How...
  • ROBERT SPENCER DEFINES THE WAR AGAINST JIHAD

    05/19/2014 3:09:27 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19,2014 | Andrew E. Harrod
    "America is at war; and has been since at least September 11, 2001, but no one is really sure who with," Robert Spencer writes in his recently released Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth about the War We're In. Thankfully, Spencer's important book makes a significant contribution in clarifying this catastrophic confusion.
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West – but not all – who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the country’s interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • Arab Winter Comes to America

    05/05/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 5, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Robert Spencer will be speaking at the Freedom Center’s Wednesday Morning Club in Los Angeles on Monday, May 12, 2014. For more info, click here. It may be warm outside now, but from colder hearts a winter blizzard is blowing. These cold hearts are frozen in the endless winter of Islam that leaves them empty of mercy for even their own daughters. The title of Robert Spencer’s new book, “Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In” may reference the now infamous Arab Spring, but its focus is more on domestic policy than on foreign policy....
  • West Acts Like 'Bull in China Shop' in Middle East – Russian PM

    08/04/2013 10:26:34 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized Sunday the West's interference in the Middle East, describing it as a "bull in a china shop." In an interview with RT, Medvedev said he agreed with the interviewer that the West often purposefully pushed whole nations to the point of no return, beyond which it was very difficult to convince the warring sides to attempt negotiations. "Our Western partners sometimes behave like a bull in a china shop — they squeeze in, crush everything and then don't know what to do next. I often find myself astonished at their analysts and how inconsistent their...
  • Report: Obama lied about firing anti-Israel advisor

    11/10/2008 12:06:44 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies · 93+ views
    Israel Today ^ | 11/10/08 | staff
    Robert Malley, a top Middle East advisor that US President-elect Barack Obama promised months ago would play no role in his administration due to ties to Hamas, has reportedly been sent out on the next administration's first diplomatic mission. According to a report in Middle East Newsline, Obama dispatched Malley to Egypt and Syria late last week with a message that the he intends to mend and bolster relations with both nations, and to give greater weight to their concerns regarding regional conflicts than did President George W. Bush. During the Democratic Party primaries, Obama was lashed by critics for...
  • Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’

    05/17/2013 7:16:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-16-2013 | Caroline B. Glick - OP/ED
    May 16, 2013 Column One: Obama and the ‘official truth’ Caroline B. Glick Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole. As many reporters have noted, the parole violation in question would not generally lead to anything more than a court hearing. But in Nakoula’s case, it led to a year in a federal penitentiary. Because he wasn’t really arrested for violating the terms of his parole. Nakoula was arrested for producing...
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Sunday Shows: Democrats back away from Obama on Benghazi, Syria

    05/05/2013 2:53:59 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 5, 2012
    Democrats on Sunday morning's news shows appeared to back away from President Barack Obama on his administration's response to the Benghazi terror attack and his blurry "red line" on Syria's chemical weapons. On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) admitted that the Obama administration's talking points on Benghazi, edited to remove references to extremism and blaming protests against an anti-Islamic YouTube video for the violence, were "false. They were wrong. There were no protests outside the Benghazi compound." On CBS News' Face the Nation, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, also admitted that...
  • Steep-Trajectory munitions expected to attack Israel from West Bank

    04/02/2013 4:54:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies
    IMRA ^ | 4-1-13
    ...in my view, the most significant aspect, which we have not yet experienced out of the West Bank, will involve the capability to launch steep-trajectory munitions at Israeli towns in the Judea and Samaria sector as well as at Israeli cities in the inner plain, the coastal plane and northern Samaria. Tamas (Steep-Trajectory) instead of Hamas During the anticipated confrontation in the West Bank, Palestinian steep-trajectory fire will replace suicide bombers as the preferred method for attacking Israel's homefront. Col. (Res.) Atai Shelach addresses the challenges facing the IDF in this particular theater Atai Shelach IsraelDefense 30/3/2013 http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=483&ArticleID=2038 Tamas (Steep-Trajectory)...
  • Obama's Good War

    03/31/2011 12:48:57 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2011 | James Lewis
    Well, well, well, so Obama has embarked on his third war in little more than two years. You've got to admit that "flexibility" is his middle name. Or at least one of his middle names: Barack Barry Hussein "Flexibility" Soetoro Obama, Jr. Those are the names we know so far, but The Donald thinks there might be more. Whodda thunk? Here we are barely into the first week of what started out as a "No-Fly Zone" and it is now turning out to be Air Al Qaida. Ten years ago, AQ had a mere four civilian airplanes to crash into...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Chaos grows as Tunisia buries assassinated opposition leader

    02/08/2013 5:54:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | Feb. 08 2013, 8:10 PM EST
    Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried as a martyr for freedom and democracy in a country that is threatened with the loss of both, as an uprising against the ruling Islamist party gained momentum. Mr. Belaid’s assassination triggered a ferocious backlash against the main Islamist party, Ennahda, one that continued during the funeral Friday, attended by as many as 100,000 people. The midafternoon funeral on Friday was a largely peaceful event marred by bouts of violence – and brief periods of panic – as crowds tried to outrun billowing clouds of tear gas aimed at demonstrators and looters on...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Tide of Salafism threatens the Arab spring

    02/10/2013 10:02:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Late last year, largely unnoticed in the West, Tunisia's president, Moncef Marzouki, gave an interview to Chatham House's The World Today. Commenting on a recent attack by Salafists—ultra-conservative Sunnis—on the United States embassy in Tunis, he remarked in an unguarded moment: "We didn't realise how dangerous and violent these Salafists could be ... They are a tiny minority within a tiny minority. They don't represent society or the state. They cannot be a real danger to society or government, but they can be very harmful to the image of the government." It appears that Marzouki was wrong. Following the assassination...
  • Clinton won't testify on Benghazi due to illness

    12/16/2012 11:17:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 70 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 15, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won't testify to Congress next week on Benghazi, after fainting and suffering a concussion Saturday and due to her ongoing stomach ailment. "While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines said in a statement. "She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with Department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office...
  • Morsi declares expanded powers, bans breakup of assembly penning constitution

    11/22/2012 1:50:57 PM PST · by Founding Father · 10 replies
    RT ^ | 22 November, 2012
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made several decrees Thursday that will shape the country’s constitution and, he says, safeguard its “revolutionary” future. They include a ruling that none of his decisions can be overturned by any authority. Morsi gave the Constituent Assembly a two month deadline to finish drafting a new constitution, ruling that no authority may dissolve it until the country's defining document is completed. He further ruled that no authority may dissolve the Shura Council, the upper house of Egypt's parliament. In a move likely to bring criticism that the Egyptian president is inappropriately expanding his powers, he also...
  • Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh (0bama taking notes?)

    11/22/2012 4:32:37 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    CAIRO — Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers on Thursday, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh" and raising questions about the gains of last year's uprising which ousted Hosni Mubarak. The move is a blow to the pro-democracy movement that toppled the long-time president, himself derided by many as a pharaoh, and raises concerns that Islamists will be further ensconced in power. Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday. "The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," according to a decree...
  • Obama Sends $147 Million to Hamas-Run Gaza(Flashback to April 2012)

    11/19/2012 6:59:24 PM PST · by Revel · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 4-13-12 | AWR Hawkins
    Against GOP objections, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the Obama administration is sending $147 million in funding to the West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza. Despite a “hold by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,” the administration is arguing the money needs to be sent on humanitarian grounds. They did not, however, explain how they plan to force Hamas to use the money for humanitarian purposes. And while “administrations generally do not disburse funding over the objections of lawmakers on relevant committees,” those associated with Obama have proven more than willing to sidestep Congress to place...
  • The Libya Lie (Victor Davis Hanson)

    10/18/2012 10:33:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | October 18, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Almost everything we have been told about Libya over the last two years is untrue.</p> <p>A free Libya was supposed to be proof of President Obama’s enlightened “reset” Middle East policy. When insurgency broke out there, the United States joined France and Great Britain in bombing Moammar Qaddafi out of power — and supposedly empowering a democratic Arab Spring regime. Not a single American life was lost.</p>
  • Obama Refuses to Say Whether Hillary Clinton Is to Blame for Benghazi

    10/16/2012 8:16:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 94 replies
    President Barack Obama posed for a photo-op this morning in Virginia, where he is getting ready for tonight's presidential debate. He ventured out for a photo-op, and had this very brief exchange with a reporter:
  • In Arab Spring, Obama Finds a Sharp Test (and Fails Utterly)

    09/25/2012 3:15:12 PM PDT · by mojito · 17 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | 9/24/2012 | HELENE COOPER and ROBERT F. WORTH
    President Hosni Mubarak did not even wait for President Obama’s words to be translated before he shot back. “You don’t understand this part of the world,” the Egyptian leader broke in. “You’re young.” Mr. Obama, during a tense telephone call the evening of Feb. 1, 2011, had just told Mr. Mubarak that his speech, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, had not gone far enough. Mr. Mubarak had to step down, the president said. Minutes later, a grim Mr. Obama appeared before hastily summoned cameras in the Grand Foyer of the White House. The...
  • Jordan On The Brink: Muslim Brotherhood Mobilize (50K demonstrators) for King Abdullah’s overthrow

    09/25/2012 4:03:18 PM PDT · by drewh · 90 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | September 25, 2012, 8:50
    Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face "Arab Spring" style street pressure for his abdication. Middle East sources report that Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne. For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders – Egypt and Libya to the south and Syria to the north, with unpredictable consequences with regard to...
  • Busted!… State Department Scrubs Damning Memo From Website Following Deadly 9-11 Consulate Attacks

    09/15/2012 6:53:03 PM PDT · by Fred · 132 replies
    GateWay Pundit ^ | 091512 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday September 12, 2012 blogger Speak With Authority discovered that five days before 9-11, the US State Department sent out a memo announcing no credible security threats against the United States on the anniversary of 9-11. The Overseas Security Advisory Council, who posted the memo, is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security under the U.S. Department of State. The OSAC memo said: Terrorism and Important Dates Global 9/6/2012 OSAC currently has no credible information to suggest that al-Qa’ida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September...
  • One Year Ago: Barack Obama Declared Peace in Our Time at the United Nations

    09/14/2012 4:35:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 14, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Al Jazeera is reporting that American and Israeli flags are being burned in London. Israeli and US flags being burned in London according to Al Jazeera. We know that the University of Texas has evacuated their campus after a phoned-in bomb threat from Al-Qaeda. No bombs were found. Fargo, North Dakota, state university has ordered all employees and students off campus after receiving a bomb threat. But everything's okay because I got an e-mail from the Obama campaign. Ambassadors are being murdered, former SEALs are dying, embassies are burning across the Middle East, but don't worry, we...
  • In Tunisia, Clinton cites promise of Arab Spring

    02/25/2012 7:44:02 AM PST · by qaz123 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 25Feb12 | Matthew Lee
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday appealed to countries in the Mideast and North Africa to make good on the promise of reform offered by the Arab Spring and not abandon the democratic goals that sparked revolts throughout the region. In Tunisia, the catalyst for the tumult that engulfed the region last year, Clinton urged the continued embrace of reforms would serve as a powerful example elsewhere. Her comments came amid concerns that transitions in Egypt and elsewhere are faltering and at risk of being hijacked by extremists.
  • Obama's Chickens Come Home To Roost In Egypt

    02/14/2012 5:48:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 14, 2012
    Mideast: As the president sneaks more money in the budget for Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood thugs he helped install in Cairo show their gratitude by threatening to attack Israel. For three decades, the U.S. essentially paid Egypt not to attack our closest ally in the region. The policy worked to maintain peace. But Obama nullified that deal by backing Islamist revolutionaries against reliably pro-U.S. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Now the bribe has lost its effect. The new Egyptian leadership, led by the virulently anti-Jewish Muslim Brotherhood, this week issued a warning to Washington that it should understand that "what was...
  • Obama proposes $800 million in aid for "Arab Spring"

    02/13/2012 11:04:19 AM PST · by jakerobins · 46 replies · 7+ views
    The White House announced plans on Monday to help "Arab Spring" countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining U.S. military aid to Egypt. In his annual budget message to Congress, President Barack Obama asked that military aid to Egypt be kept at the level of recent years -- $1.3 billion -- despite a crisis triggered by an Egyptian probe targeting American democracy activists.
  • How About $800 Million for the Arab Spring? (Obama's foreign aid to anti-Christian "spring")

    02/14/2012 12:46:01 PM PST · by Milagros · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Guy has been bringing you the dirty domestic details of Obama's latest budget, but tucked away in the mounds of text and numbers, President Obama has allocated a cool $800 million to go towards the "Arab Spring."
  • Radical Cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed Threatens Syria with a Wave of Suicide Bombs

    01/25/2012 4:54:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    CANADA.com (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH) ^ | JANUARY 25, 2012 7:06 PM | BY RUTH SHERLOCK, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
    "Radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed threatens Syria with a wave of suicide bombs" SNIPPET: "Omar Bakri Mohammed, the radical cleric banned from Britain for glorifying terrorism, has told The Daily Telegraph from his base in the Middle East that al-Qaida is poised to wage war against the Syrian regime. Bakri, once nicknamed the Tottenham Ayatollah, said hard-line Salafi Muslim groups, including al-Qaida, and his al-Ghuraba group were ready to help their "Muslim brothers" with a campaign of suicide attacks against Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president." SNIPPET: "Speaking from his new home in Lebanon, the self-styled cleric, who caused controversy after...
  • In Miami, Gingrich calls for 'Cuban spring'

    01/13/2012 2:20:37 PM PST · by Milagros · 12 replies
    sunshinestatenews. ^ | Jan 13, 2012
    Newt Gingrich gets a Cuban coffee this morning at the window at Versailles in Miami's ... Newt Gingrich Promises to Fight for a 'Cuban Spring'
  • Egypt's ElBaradei: Liberals 'decimated' in vote

    12/04/2011 10:37:04 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | SARAH EL DEEB and MARJORIE OLSTER
    CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's top reformist leader said Sunday the liberal youth behind the country's uprising have been "decimated" in parliamentary elections dominated by Islamists and expressed concern about the rise of hard-line religious elements advocating extremist ideas such as banning women from driving. Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Prize laureate and possible presidential candidate, said he hopes moderate Islamists will rein in the extremists and send a reassuring message to the world that Egypt will not go down an ultraconservative religious path.
  • The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone (Barry Rubin On US ME Policy Unrealism Alert)

    12/02/2011 4:46:07 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone: Four Examples You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling By Barry Rubin Ah, the gap between Middle East reality and official U.S. government-approved reality. Here are four examples: –“Here is the next challenge for the citizen movements that are advancing from Tunisia to Syria — and eventually, surely, to repressive non-Arab states such as Iran and China. Once they...
  • Hope and Change in Egypt... (Western Mass Media Apologists For Islamist Totalitarianism Alert)

    12/01/2011 5:20:45 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Much of the mass media seems to be saying, to paraphrase John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “All we are saying is give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance.” There are three arguments supporting this policy that are worth discussing in large part because the Muslim Brotherhood’s advocates don’t have any others. The first, which one hears everywhere, is that the Muslim Brotherhood is full of factions that are moderate and hip young people who want real democracy. If this were true it should be easy to prove. Here are some of the ways to do that: Who are the leaders of...
  • It Is Time to Retire the Term "Arab Spring"

    11/25/2011 7:55:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    It's November, and the revolutions of the Arab Spring still fill the streets from northern Africa across the Middle East. Important votes, massive rallies and outbursts of indefensible government brutality continue to command headlines in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and Yemen. Bahrain reels from confirmation of its government's abuses during protests earlier in the year. Jordan trembles at the possibility of its own crisis. Rumblings are felt in Saudi Arabia and in Iran. In none of these places have the uprisings of the Spring produced the full or final reforms sought. In every place, entrenched elites squirm and dig in...
  • Arab Winter

    11/25/2011 11:49:33 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    MichaelYoussef.com ^ | 11-23-11 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    After making numerous phone calls and speaking to many Christian leaders in Egypt this week, I have learned that what is really happening on the ground is far removed from the television reporters’ happy endorsement of democracy seekers. To describe what is really going on around the country as “barbaric” would be an understatement. While some of the protestors may be true democracy lovers, the widespread terrorism on display defies all human decency. The truth about recent events in Egypt reveals that the country has disintegrated into a total anarchy and barbarianism that would make the Vikings blush. Peaceful Christians...
  • Islamist Winds in Egypt? 'No Jews Allowed' at Holy Site

    10/11/2011 6:57:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/9/2011 | Maayana Miskin
    Arab Winter: Egypt has completely barred Jews from visiting the tomb of Rabbi Abuhatzeira, grandfather of the “Baba Sali.” ... The decision, issued by regional ruler Mukhtar el-Hamlawi, was reported by the Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa. El-Hamlawi reported that a Cairo court had ruled that celebrations are forbidden at the tomb, and Jewish visitors would be barred for that reason. In addition, he said, “We prohibit Jews from visiting the tomb because we identify with the Palestinian people, and because we do not want to offend the Egyptian public’s sensitivities.” Egyptian opposition parties, led by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood,...
  • Amnesty: Libyan rebels may be guilty of war crimes (Arab <strike>spring</strike> winter)

    09/13/2011 6:15:46 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies
    KansasCity.com ^ | Sep. 12, 2011 | D. Melvin
    Rebels fighting to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi committed unlawful killings and torture, Amnesty International said in a report released on Tuesday. The 100-plus page report, based on three months of investigation in Libya, draws no equivalency between the crimes of Gadhafi loyalists and those of the former rebels, who now hold power in Tripoli: The Gadhafi forces' crimes were greater, the list of them is longer, and they may have amounted to crimes against humanity, the report said. But it said the crimes of the rebels were not insignificant.
  • International Pressure Rises on Syrian Dictatorship over Crackdown

    08/26/2011 1:39:08 PM PDT · by Tzfat · 3 replies
    The Mideast Update ^ | August 26, 2011 | Joshua Spurlock
    As Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime collapses, another Middle East autocrat is facing more and more heat internationally: Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. The latest indication that Assad is losing ground in his battle with anti-regime protesters came on Wednesday when a key ally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, offered at least veiled criticism of Syria’s violence against its own people—and in an interview on a TV station affiliated with one of Syria’s closest patrons, Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.