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  • 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 (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...
  • Global Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Launch New Tunisian Organization

    01/13/2012 7:52:46 AM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies ^ | 1-12-12 | GlobalMB
    A new organization called the “Sharq Forum” has announced its launch from Tunisia and that the head of its preparatory committee is former Al Jazeera general manager Wadah Khanfar. According to a press release: Press Release 10 January 2011Arab scholars and politicians are preparing to launch from the Tunisian capital, Tunis, a new initiative called the Sharq Forum. The Forum is an independent global institution designed to implant the values of engagement, dialogue and democracy in Arab countries; and contribute to building a stable political future with economic prosperity. It seeks to nurture political consciousness, exchange of expertise, set out...
  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 9:42:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Sunday, January 1, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...
  • Iran and the Islamist Spring

    12/30/2011 10:04:13 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Al-Ahram Weekly ^ | December 31, 2011 | Amani Maged
    Yes, that's what the mainstream in Tehran call it, though it seems to be inspiring both camps... in Tehran. The Arab Spring has undoubtedly cast its shadow over the Islamic Republic of Iran and, perhaps, sent refreshing breezes through the streets of the Iranian capital and other cities. Certainly, too, the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen have had a direct impact on the bilateral relations between Tehran and each of these countries and even countries with diplomatic relations with the revolutionary countries, such as Turkey. Such large and politically central countries as Egypt and Syria would...
  • Prepare For Darker Mideast

    12/22/2011 8:17:39 PM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    YNet ^ | 22 Dec 2011 | Giulio Meotti
    In Tunisia, the country that had the highest percentage of mini-skirts in the Arab world, Islamism got 40% of the vote. In Morocco, which was once considered a pillar of Arab secularism, the Islamists won 30%. Meanwhile, some 70% of Egypt’s new Parliament is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and the salafists, who praised Osama bin Laden last April. In Libya, Islamic law supporters and former al-Qaeda bosses took power after Gaddafi’s fall. The Syrian National Council, the opposition group to Assad’s rule, has 19 members: 15 Islamists, 2 Christians and 2 Druze.
  • Tunisia's President Calls on Jews to Return

    12/20/2011 1:01:18 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/11 | Elad Benari
    Tunisia’s newly elected president on Monday called the country’s Jewish population to return to his country, The Associated Press reported. During a meeting with the country’s Grand Rabbi Haim Bittan, President Moncef Marzouki said that Tunisia’s Jews are full-fledged citizens and those who had left the country were welcome to return. Today, Tunisia has a Jewish population of only 1,500, but in the 1960s there were 100,000 Jews in the country. Most left following the 1967 Six Day War, but the emigration to Israel started in the 1050's. Most Tunisian Jews now live on the resort island of Djerba, near...
  • Nasrallah makes rare appearance, speaks on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

    12/10/2011 5:38:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Arab American [sic] News [sic] ^ | Friday, December 9, 2001 | Compiled sources
    Nasrallah making his first public appearance since July 2008, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed hundreds of thousands of followers in the south part of Beirut on Tuesday, Dec. 6... Nasrallah reaffirmed his support for reforms in Syria, saying once again that "some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq. We remain on our stance; we support the reforms in Syria, and we are with a resisting government," he said... "Regarding the Golan Heights, head of the Syrian National Council stated that he will refer the issue to the international community, and therefore this serves...
  • Nobel winner says Arab Spring will banish terror

    12/09/2011 5:41:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | BJOERN H. AMLAND and KARL RITTER
    OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman says she believes the pro-democracy revolts that have swept the Arab world will help "drive out" al-Qaida terrorists. Karman told The Associated Press on the eve of Saturday's award ceremony that the autocratic leaders that were toppled from Tunisia to her native Yemen created an environment where extremism could grow.
  • Tunisia: Islamic Students Besiege University

    11/29/2011 2:44:09 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    ISRAEL NATIONAL - News Brief ^ | November 29, 2011 05:44 Reported | n/a
    SNIPPET: "A group of 40 Islamic students besieged a university near the capital city in Tunisia and held students and teachers hostage."
  • MPAC Proud to Host Radical Tunisian Leader

    11/29/2011 1:55:22 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    SNIPPET: "A radical Tunisian Islamist leader, denied an entry visa into the United States during the 1990s, is scheduled to make two appearances on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's Ennahda Party, will attend a forum on the Arab Spring at the Cannon Office Building, an announcement from the event's sponsor, the Muslim Public Affairs Council's (MPAC) said. He'll also attend a special dinner Tuesday evening. Ghannouchi's Ennahda Party recently won the majority in the first free parliamentary elections since the ouster of Tunisia's longtime ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali." SNIPPET: "In a May interview with the...
  • Deal fails to put end to violence

    11/26/2011 10:13:37 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies
    The News ^ | 25 November 2011 | JAMAL AL-JASHIMI
    President Barack Obama welcomed the decision, saying the U.S. would stand by the Yemeni people “as they embark on this historic transition.” Saleh signed the U.S.-backed power-transfer deal; (ending his 33-year rule), brokered by neighboring countries, Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh in exchange for immunity from prosecution. If the deal holds, he’ll be the fourth leader to lose power in the wave of Arab Spring uprisings this year, following longtime dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
  • Arab League suspends Syrian membership, calls for sanctions against Assad’s regime

    11/12/2011 5:52:26 AM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | November 12 3011 | Al Arabiya and Agencies
    The Arab League voted to suspend SyriaÂ’s membership at its meeting on Saturday and said it would impose economic and political sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad as well as call for the withdrawal of Arab ambassadors from Damascus. The Arab foreign ministers meeting at the LeagueÂ’s headquarters in Cairo also called on the Syrian army to cease its involvement in the killing of civilians and invited the Syrian opposition for transition talks. Opponents of Assad were hoping that the Arab League would suspend SyriaÂ’s membership after Assad pressed ahead with a military crackdown on the unrest despite an...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Makes Fools of Naive West

    11/05/2011 3:27:23 PM PDT · by opentalk · 15 replies · 1+ views
    YID with LID ^ | November 3, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    Can you imagine this? The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood lied! And can you imagine this: the two civilians who are Egypt’s greatest hope for avoiding an Islamist dictatorship are very worried. Let’s start with the Brotherhood. First, it promised to run candidates for only one-third of the parliamentary seats, saying this would proof of its moderation and willingness to share power. But a little later, it raised that number to 50 percent but said that’s all and they wouldn’t run a candidate for president. Again, we were told: they’re moderate! Next, it created a front party to run a candidate for...
  • The Second Gilded Age: Has America Become an Oligarchy? (Barfwarnung)

    10/28/2011 11:28:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/28/2011 | Thomas Schulz
    … Inequality in America is greater than it has been in almost a century. Those fortunate enough to belong to the 1 percent, made up of the super-rich, stand on one side of the divide; the remaining 99 percent on the other. Even for a country that has always accepted opposite extremes as part of its identity, the chasm has simply grown too vast. Those who succeed in the US are congratulated rather than berated. Resenting other people's wealth is viewed as supporting class struggle, which is something very frowned upon. Still, statistics indicate that the growing disparity is genuinely...
  • Islamist party sweeps Tunisian vote

    10/28/2011 9:13:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    AFP ^ | October 28, 2011 | Mariette le Roux
    A Tunisian Islamist party has emerged victorious in the Arab Spring's first elections, taking 41.47 per cent of votes cast nine months after the ouster of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali... The Islamist Ennahda party now has the single-biggest share of the assembly that will rewrite the constitution, appoint a president and form a caretaker government, elections chief Kamel Jendoubi told journalists in Tunis. He also announced the invalidation of six candidates' lists of the Petition for Justice and Development, including one in Sidi Bouzid, notably due to "financial irregularities". ... The provisional results put two leftist parties in...
  • Partial results: Tunisian Islamists lead in vote

    10/25/2011 10:12:00 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 25, 2011
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- A moderate, once-banned Islamist party in Tunisia is on track to win the largest number of seats in the first elections prompted by the Arab Spring uprisings, according to partial domestic results Tuesday. The Tunisian electoral commission said the Ennahda party has won 18 out of 44 domestic seats so far in a 217-member assembly meant to write a new constitution.
  • Good news: Libya embraces shari’a law while Islamists poised to win big in Tunisian elections

    10/25/2011 6:59:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/25/2011 | Allahpundit
    No worries. It’s moderate shari’a. “Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” he said, citing as an example the law on marriage passed during the slain dictator’s 42-year tenure that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.“The law of divorce and marriage… This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped,” Abdel Jalil said.His comments have provoked criticism and calls for restraint both in Libya and in Europe, amid fears that the Arab Spring may give rise to a potentially intolerant Islamist resurgence.Many Libyans awaiting Sunday’s historic speech expressed surprise at the decision by...
  • Libyan leader seeks to calm West on Sharia fears

    10/24/2011 2:50:11 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | HAMZA HENDAWI and KIM GAMEL
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- After giving a speech that emphasized the Islamization of Libya, the head of the transitional government on Monday tried to reassure the Western powers who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi that the country's new leaders are moderate Muslims. Just as in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists have emerged from yet another Arab Spring uprising as the most powerful group in the country. How far they will go will be decided at the ballot box - in Tunisia this week, in Egypt in November and in Libya within eight months.
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • Islamists set for power after strong vote for Muslim parties in Tunisia's first [elections]...

    10/24/2011 10:50:37 AM PDT · by americanophile · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th October 2011 | Damien Gayle
    Tunisia's main Islamist party is on its way to power after the first truly free and fair elections in the country's history. Early results from individual voting stations carried by local radio stations this morning put the Islamist Ennahda Party in the lead in many constituencies. Tunisians voted yesterday to elect a constituent assembly in the first elections emerging from the so-called Arab Spring uprisings around the Middle East. Electoral officials are still counting the votes and results are not expected until later today or tomorrow. Boubker Bethabet, secretary general of Tunisia's election commission, said that more than 90 per...
  • Early sign in Tunisia of strong Islamist vote

    10/24/2011 5:51:04 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 10/24/11 | PAUL SCHEMM
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities counted votes Monday in carefully watched elections, with early signs that a once-banned Islamist party is leading in many constituencies in the country that unleashed uprisings across the Arab world. Tunisia was known for decades for its repressive leadership but also for its progressive legislation on women and families, which secular-leaning Tunisians fear the moderate Islamist party Ennahda would roll back if it takes a commanding number of seats in the new assembly being created by Sunday's elections. Ennahda believes that Islam should be the reference point for the country's system and laws but...
  • None Dare Call It Socialism

    10/23/2011 1:33:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies ^ | 10/17/2011 | Daniel J. Flynn
    he Berlin Wall fell twenty-two falls ago. Did the news only now reach the Mediterranean? Those who cannot identify the present are condemned to repeat the past. Rampant stupidity has that effect on a maxim. George Santayana presumed too much when he mocked people who merely forgot yesterday. We can’t even get today straight. This year is socialism’s worst since the Berlin Wall fell. Just don’t say it aloud. We aren’t supposed to notice that the same mindset that crippled Budapest, Berlin, and Belgrade beats down Damascus and Athens. It is Eastern Europe along the Mediterranean. It is 1989 again...
  • 'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry

    10/23/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 15 replies
    'Arab Spring': The chilly cruel winter reality of Arab racism and Islamic bigotry Not that ethnic racism and religious bigotry weren't rampant before the so-called "Arab spring" sprung about. But the intolerance tide seems to be only worsening, and without an Arab dictator to "hold" various factions together, vulnerability expand, risks rise. --- RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY: As the D.B. puts it: "Violence Against Egypt's Copts in an Intolerant Arab Spring.. The elephant in the room of the Arab Spring is now the mistreatment of minority communities—Christians and others—across the Arab world." FPM asks: Hillary Clinton Promises to Save Egypt's Christians? ......
  • Islamists may do well in first Arab Spring vote [Tunisia]

    10/23/2011 2:35:17 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 10/23/11 | Staff
    Tunis: Islamists are expected to do well in Tunisia's first democratic election today, ten months after autocratic leader Zine Al Abidine Bin Ali fled following a popular uprising that set off protest movements around the Arab world. The Al Nahda party will almost certainly win a share of power after the vote, which will set a democratic standard for other Arab countries where uprisings have triggered political change or governments have tried to rush reforms to stave off unrest. Today's vote is for an assembly which will draft a new constitution to replace the one Bin Ali manipulated to entrench...
  • Arab Spring… Islamist Party Set to Win Tunisian Elections Today (Hussein's plan coming together)

    10/23/2011 11:45:00 AM PDT · by Signalman · 8 replies ^ | 10/23/2011 | Jim Hoft
    A year ago, Tunisia was a moderate pro-Western nation. Fast forward to this week — The Islamist Party is expected to win the Tunisian elections today. Thanks Barack.
  • UPDATE 5-Huge Turnout In Tunisia's Arab Spring Election

    10/23/2011 7:51:15 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23 Oct 2011 | Tarek Amara and Christian Lowe
    TUNIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Tunisian voters poured into polling stations to vote on Sunday in their country's first free election, 10 months after a vegetable seller set fire to himself in an act of protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings. The leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting "terrorist" -- highlighting tensions between Islamists and secularists that are also being felt in other countries touched by the Arab Spring.
  • Tunisian religious radicals riot over TV image of Allah, firebomb TV station executive's house

    10/22/2011 9:48:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/22/2011 | Asma Ghribi
    On October 14 a Tunisian television station aired “Persepolis,” an animated movie about a girl coming of age during the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. The film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes film festival, but its depiction of Allah as an old, bearded man upset Tunisia’s ultra-conservative Muslim radicals. After two days of mostly peaceful protests, one group estimated to be as large as 100 men rioted — torching the home of Nabil Karoui, the TV station’s top executive. Witnesses said the rioters arrived in taxicabs, armed with Molotov cocktails and knives. A similar group attempted to...
  • 'Six killed' in Tunisian clashes near Algeria

    09/23/2011 4:48:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Google News ^ | Friday, September 23, 2011 | AFP
    Clashes this week between Tunisian soldiers and an armed group that crossed the border from Algeria left six dead among the infiltrators, a western diplomatic source said Friday... A regional security source who asked not to be named said that "it was about a score of heavily armed terrorists of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) who attacked the Tunisian troops." The fighting took place on Wednesday when the Tunisian army neutralised an armed convoy of nine vehicles fitted with anti-aircraft guns that crossed over from the Algerian desert near Bir Znigra... According to the diplomatic source, seven attackers were...
  • Gaddafi's prime minister arrested in Tunisia

    09/22/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Sept 22nd 2011 | Ian Black
    Muammar Gaddafi's last prime minister has been arrested in Tunisia, becoming the most senior member of the former Libyan regime to be detained since the government's overthrow by Nato-backed rebels a month ago, it emerged on Thursday. Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi was caught near the border with Algeria and jailed for six months for illegal entry, though he is likely to be handed over to Libya to face investigation, since the government in Tunis recognises the new ruling national transitional council (NTC) in Tripoli. Gaddafi himself and his sons Seif al-Islam and Mutasim are thought to be still on the run...
  • Erdogan in Egypt Monday; Also to Visit Libya, Tunisia

    09/12/2011 4:12:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Voice of America 'blogs ^ | Monday, September 12th, 2011 | unattributed
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan departs Monday on a four-day diplomatic visit to North Africa, in a trip aimed at expanding Turkey's growing influence in a region full of political upheaval. Prime Minister Erdogan will begin his trip in Cairo, where he is expected to meet with the head of Egypt's ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Mr. Erdogan's Egyptian counterpart, Essam Sharaf. The Turkish leader also plans to lay out his regional foreign policy vision during meetings with the Arab League, as well as with the young leaders who helped oust former Egyptian president Hosni...
  • "We Muslims can mass-murder each other - But don't dare defend yourself by eliminating some of us!"

    08/26/2011 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies
    Where's the so-called "angry Arab street?"When will the hypocritic Arab-Muslim world start giving a 'dime' about its own people. Arab-Muslim on Arab-Muslim crimes against humanity - routine. The "moderate" voice of Islamic-Arabs: "We can kill each other by the thousands!"(Syria, Hamah massacre - 1982, Daraa, Jisr al-Shughour and Hama massacres, mass torture of kids - 2011), Black September [Jordanians vs "Palestinians"] 1970 , Iraqis vs Iraqis since 2003, "Palestinians" VS each other (Hamas/Fatah 2007), "Palestinians" & Hezbollah using civilians (routine), Libyans (2011 massacres), Bahrainians [Shiite Apartheid VS Sunni], Algerians (100,000 dead in the 1970s') Yemen (2011), Tunisia (2011), Egypt (2011),...
  • How Egyptian and Tunisian youth hacked the Arab Spring

    08/23/2011 2:54:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Technology Review ^ | September/October 2011 | John Pollock
    Takriz began as a tiny self-described "cyber think tank" in 1998. Although it has grown into a loose network of several thousand, the Takrizards, or Taks, rarely cooperate with journalists and carefully guard their anonymity. "Takriz" itself is an elusive word. It's a street-slang profanity that expresses a feeling of frustrated anger... But what Le Monde called the group's "irreducible insolence" belies a professional focus. ĂşFoetus, a technology consultant with an MBA and half a dozen languages, is a slight figure with a booming voice. He plays off his childhood friend Waterman, a big but more retiring man with a...
  • Egypt Puts Off Elections

    07/21/2011 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/11 | Chana Yaar
    Egypt's ruling military council has put off national elections, as did the transitional government in Tunisia earlier this summer. In the case of Cairo, however, elections originally set for September are now being moved back. The government has also postponed the swearing-in of its new cabinet after protesters again complained that the latest changes did not go far enough. In addition, the transitional government also rejected suggestions for international observers to oversee the polls, preferring instead to restrict the privilege to independent Egypt-based groups only. According to a statement by Maj.-Gen. Mamdouh Shaheen, the “electoral process” is to begin in...
  • Tunisian police fire in air to disperse rioters (More Islamist Spring action)

    07/17/2011 10:35:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/17/11
    Tunisian police fired into the air to disperse rioters in the capital early on Sunday, and were attacked by crowds throwing petrol bombs in another city, in the most violent clashes yet involving Islamists. The rioting is the starkest sign to date of the friction between Tunisia's secular establishment and Islamists who have been growing more assertive since the country's autocratic leader was ousted in a revolution six months ago. Sunday's violence was sparked by an incident on Friday when police, trying to break up an anti-government demonstration in the center of Tunis, fired tear gas inside a mosque. In...
  • The Cynical Dairy Farmer's Guide to the New Middle East

    07/09/2011 9:45:15 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | JUNE 15, 2011 | BY KARIM SADJADPOUR
    Herewith then is a satirical effort to simplify the essence of Middle Eastern governments so that, in the immortal words of George W. Bush, "the boys in Lubbock" can read it. And, rather than symbolizing property, the cows here symbolize people, which -- funny enough -- is how most Middle Eastern regimes have traditionally viewed their populations.
  • Saudi Arabia's No Good, Very Bad Year: Riyadh's royals are having a rough time

    07/04/2011 5:23:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 15, 2011 | Simon Henderson
    It's hard to imagine a more disastrous year for Saudi foreign policy. In January, Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled from riotous mobs to exile in the Saudi port city of Jeddah. Now the new regime in Tunis wants him back to put him on trial. In February, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime Saudi ally, was forced from office. In the space of days, Washington went from words of support for Mubarak to saying it was time to go. Then in March, after Bahrain looked as if it may concede the principle of a government ruled through the...
  • Inequality between rich and poor in US worse than Cameroon, Yemen

    06/21/2011 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies ^ | June 2011 | Asian News International
    The gap between America's rich and poor is reportedly at an extreme high, much higher than many developing countries like Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and even Yemen. According to the Central Investigative Agency's (CIA) World Fact Book, which ranks countries in terms of how 'equally' wealth is distributed, the U.S. is the 42nd most unequal country in the world, the Daily Mail reports. It has been ranked way behind the European Union and the United Kingdom in terms of equality of pay. In fact, the situation is so extreme that it has even been placed behind countries such as Cameroon,...
  • How pasta became the world's favourite food

    06/15/2011 6:50:47 PM PDT · by decimon · 49 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | June 15, 2011 | Caroline McClatchey
    Pasta has topped a global survey of the world's favourite foods. So how did the dish so closely associated with Italy become a staple of so many tables around the globe? While not everyone knows the difference between farfalle, fettuccine and fusilli, many people have slurped over a bowl of spaghetti bolognese or tucked into a plate of lasagne. Certainly in British households, spaghetti bolognese has been a regular feature of mealtimes since the 1960s. It's become a staple of children's diets, while a tuna-pasta-sweetcorn concoction can probably be credited with sustaining many students through their years at university. But...
  • Saudi Arabian airline accused of serving 'donkey meat'

    06/13/2011 11:08:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, June 13, 2011
    Airline official says some of the imported meat served is diseased or donkey fleshSaudi Arabian Airlines could have served its passengers donkey meat, ignoring warnings by a local government food control body that imported meat from Tunisia could be diseased or is donkey meat. A Saudi Airlines executive made the accusations in a television interview this week, prompting many Saudis to write to local newspapers calling for the prosecution of those responsible for such an act. Abdullah Al Bubou, a senior inspector at the supply division in the Airlines, said Saudi Arabia’s General Food and Drugs Authority had repeatedly warned...
  • Update: U.S. Government Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Libya Crisis

    06/10/2011 6:08:31 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    State Department ^ | June 9, 2011 | Office of the Spokesperson
    Fact SheetOffice of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 9, 2011 The United States is deeply concerned about the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced and caught up in the Libya conflict. We continue to call upon Libyan authorities to provide humanitarian actors with full access to those in need and to ensure the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian assistance. We applaud the hospitality extended by neighboring states to those who have had to flee the country.As of June 9, 2011, the U.S. government is providing over $80 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the...
  • Time Up For Sit-tight Leaders in Africa

    05/28/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Codewit World News - Sharing Nigerian and African News ^ | Saturday, May 28, 2011 | Obi Ebuka Onochie
    "Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike" Plato (BC 427 - 374BC). Open rigging and clinging brazenly to power have become common features of emerging democracies in the world today especially in Africa. Many Countries in Africa have become accustomed to "sit-tight dictators" or military style of leadership, with democracy being propelled by the West for their replacement. This is at the centre of the on-going conflict in many emerging democratic nations. Democratization of the world today as being championed by United States of...
  • Libya: Mugabe slams 'naive' Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon

    05/24/2011 1:04:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | May 20, 2011
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says South Africa, Nigeria and Gabon were “naive” to vote for a United Nations Security Council resolution which has been used by Western countries to carry out a sustained bombardment of Libya. “Our African countries were naďve, absolutely naďve, to vote with the West when the West had its interests, you know, its own motives ... ulterior motives,” Mugabe said in an interview published on Friday. “These motives include wanting to re-occupy our countries. They are in search of our resources, in search of political control. It's now the reversal of the freedoms that we attained through...
  • G-8: Nations, banks to give $40B for Arab Spring

    05/27/2011 3:23:24 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 18 replies
    AP ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jamey Keaten
    DEAUVILLE, France – Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide $40 billion in funding for Arab nations trying to establish true democracies, officials said at a Group of Eight summit Friday. Officials didn't fully detail the sources of the money, or how it would be used, but the thrust was clearly to underpin democracy in Egypt and Tunisia — where huge public uprisings ousted autocratic regimes this year — and put pressure on repressive rulers in Syria and Libya. The overall message from President Barack Obama and the other G-8 leaders meeting in this Normandy resort appeared to...
  • G8 Leaders Vow $20 Billion in Aid to Egypt and Tunisia

    05/27/2011 8:09:26 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 11 replies
    While Republicans and Democrats in Washington dueled over job creation in America, President Obama was overseas in the French resort-town of Deauville working to spur job creation in the Middle East--among a laundry list of other international matters. With the so-called "Arab Spring" heating up into what some are now calling the "Arab Summer," leaders of the Group of Eight, more commonly known as the G8, have committed to help grow free economies and jobs in the region. Yet with several countries in the Middle East still engaged in serious conflict and uncertain political futures, the prospect for noticeable employment...
  • Lindsey Graham: Obama “Did a Really Good Job” in Mideast Speech

    05/22/2011 9:19:21 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2011-05-20
    (snip) Shortly after Obama’s speech, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters that he is prepared to go out on a limb for the president to support his plan for investing billions of dollars to spur democracy in the Middle East and North Africa. “I am willing to take the bruises and stand by Obama to engage countries like Egypt and Tunisia and stay involved in Libya and finish the job in Iraq,” Graham said. “I am willing to take American dollars at a time when we’re flat broke, go back home and suffer the consequences of sending aid to Egypt...
  • Obama will call for billions in aid to Egypt and Tunisia

    05/19/2011 11:07:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | May. 19, 2011 | Margaret Talev -
    Barack Obama will use his speech to the Arab world Thursday to call for billions of dollars in financial assistance to Egypt and Tunisia as part of a comprehensive approach to the "Arab Spring" movement that he hopes will boost democratic reforms and America's reputation in the region. The aid package, which would unfold over two to three years, would include an estimated $1 billion in debt cancellation, $1 billion in loan guarantees and several billion more in financing from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank,
  • Obama to offer debt relief to Egypt in Mideast speech (while putting US further in debt)

    05/18/2011 6:44:17 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/18/2011 | By Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama will unveil an economic aid program for Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday as part of a broad effort to support democratic reform in the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. officials said. Senior advisers to Obama, previewing parts of his speech, said Wednesday the United States would offer debt relief totaling roughly $1 billion "over a few years" to Egypt through a debt swap mechanism that would invest the money to boost youth employment and support entrepreneurs. Washington would also loan or guarantee loans up to a total of $1 billion through the Overseas Private Investment Corp...
  • Qaddafi's Wife And Daughter Flee For Tunisia (Can the end be far?)

    05/18/2011 1:55:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 05/18/2011 | Robert Johnson
    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's wife Safia and daughter Aisha, have fled to Tunisia and are living in a hotel on the island of Djerba, according to the Al Jazeera. Aisha's husband has also been wounded in conflict with opposition forces. This comes after news that Libya's oil minister, Shukri Ghanem, also fled the country for Tunisia. Libyan officials deny Ghanem ran and insist he is on a diplomatic trip. An air strike three weeks ago killed Qaddafi's youngest son and three of his grandchildren. NATO led forces continue their assault against the Libyan leader that began in late March.
  • Tunisia warns Libya over shelling of border town

    05/07/2011 11:06:57 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2011
    Tunisia warned Libya that it considered the shelling of a border town on Saturday "extremely dangerous" and said it would take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty. Close to 100 shells or mortar rounds fell on or near the Tunisian border town of Dehiba on Saturday, causing no injuries but doing damage to one house, a Reuters witness said. The shelling sent residents scurrying for safety. The town has been hit repeatedly by stray shells in recent weeks as forces loyal to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi battle rebels for control of the Dehiba-Wazzin border crossing. The crossing gives the rebels,...
  • Libya: pro-Gaddafi forces cross into Tunisia

    04/29/2011 12:53:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/29/2011 | Unattributed
    Pro-Gaddafi forces fired shells into the town of Dehiba, damaging buildings and injuring at least one resident, and a group of them drove into the town in a truck, local people and a Reuters photographer in the town said. The Libyan government troops were pursuing anti-Gaddafi rebels from the restive Western Mountains region of Libya who fled into Tunisia in the past few days after Gaddafi forces overran the border post the rebels had earlier seized. "There were lots of clashes in the town this morning. Lots of gunshots. The Tunisian military clashed with Gaddafi's forces ... Some of Gaddafi's...