Israel’s ‘Trigger Happy’ Ways

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 6:00 pm

From Alex Kane at Mondoweiss:
“The immediate cause of the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, which featured rockets and mortars fired into Israel and air attacks on the coastal enclave, occurred over the last two days. But the roots of the latest fighting are Israeli violations of the November 2012 truce between Hamas and Israel, and the years-long blockade and occupation crippling the Gaza Strip.”

 

MENA Mashup: Putin, Rohani, Syria, and Turkey

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 8:00 pm

I always hate to see a good man forced to eat crow.

MENA Mashup: Clueless in Syria and Faust Wants His Soul Back

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 8:00 pm

Pepe is right (again) when he concludes that the Partitioning of Syria has been the Neo/Ziocon’s main objective all along. Divide et Impera…!

Things Fall Apart…

By: Sunday March 24, 2013 7:06 am

With Lebanon in political upheaval, largely due to the Syrian crisis, what is Hezbollah’s role in Syria, and elsewhere…

Increasingly Venal Justice Department Settles on Gentle Punishment for Ex-Blackwater Executives

By: Friday February 22, 2013 5:45 pm

Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide executives pled guilty to one count of “failing to make and maintain records related to firearms.” They were sentenced by a federal judge to three years probation, four months house arrest with stipulations and fined five thousand dollars.

To understand how gentle this sentence happens to be and how it clearly shows the United States Justice Department threw the case, Gary Jackson, former president of Blackwater, and William Wheeler Mathews Jr., a former vice president, were indicted on April 16, 2010, on twelve counts and five counts respectively.

Turkey/Syria War Prospect Becomes More Real

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 10:21 am

The crisis between Turkey and Syria intensified today. Turkey’s top military commander warned the Syrians that his country would “respond more strongly” to persistent cross-border attacks that have already killed a handful of Turkish nationals. Turkey has already responded with shelling against targets inside Syria. This threatens opening up a second front in Syria’s civil war, escalating it into a regional conflict. Both sides claim that they want no wider war, but will “defend its territory,” which in the end will look increasingly like a war.

Protests Throughout the Arab World Today as Uprising Continues

By: Friday April 1, 2011 5:15 pm

The Arab protests have typically used Friday prayers as a rallying point, and today was no different in multiple hot spots.

Crackdown in Syria: Dozens Shot in Protests

By: Friday March 25, 2011 11:46 am

Faced with large protests across the country, Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters today in several cities.

More on the Pan-Arab Uprising

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 6:10 pm

Just to cast the spotlight more broadly, as I did yesterday, here are some of the events happening elsewhere in the Muslim world.

Egyptian Protests Reflective of a Pan-Arab Uprising

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 4:00 pm

Looking at this as a pan-Arab uprising changes the calculations dramatically. From the United States’ perspective, it forces policymakers to think about how to properly deal with an entire region seeking to pull off the shackles of monarchies and authoritarian dictatorships, not one rogue protest movement in one country or another. That Arab Spring that George Bush and the neocons would come to the region simply by bombing the bejeezus out of Iraq is here because of completely different factors. It’s clear that our policymakers have no idea how to react. Thinking about this in a regional sense rather than protecting this or that ruling regime may help.

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