We round up news stories from the last 24 hours, including items about Saudi Arabia, Syria, African drug wars, Greek euro exit, too big to fail, income distribution, airline fees, Wall Street looting, Kochs, American decline, Michele Bachmann, and more.
|By: David Dayen Thursday July 19, 2012 8:09 am|
Yesterday’s attack on the seat of power in Syria has completely changed the dynamic in that country. Fighting continues in the neighborhoods surrounding Damascus, the capital, including in patches close to government buildings and the presidential palace. Residents can surely feel the difference between a regime in control and one that can face attacks at the highest levels at any time. The attack will probably lead to even less constraints by the regime, if that’s possible, on the use of deadly force.
|By: SouthernDragon Wednesday March 14, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current topics that may be of interest.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 5, 2012 6:15 am|
Dayen’s news roundup from the past weekend, including stories about Rush Limbaugh, BP Gulf Spill Settlement, recess appointments, bank mortgage settlement, Joe Stieglitz, Mike Konczal, ocean accidification, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, and much more.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 29, 2011 1:00 pm|
Maybe this is the new big plan for the economy: sell as many weapons to the Middle East as possible. Let a million Rosie the Riveters bloom. That this buildup endangers an entire region, one holding the keys to the current energy infrastructure of the world, is just a sidelight to this, I guess.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 28, 2011 1:30 pm|
The Iranian threat to close off the Strait of Hormuz would have implications across the board. 15 million barrels of oil pass through it every day. This, incidentally, is the entire acknowledged purpose of the US military presence in the Middle East: to ensure safe shipping for hydrocarbon tankers.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 7, 2011 6:45 pm|
In the aftermath of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moved to increase airport security. Passengers flying “non-stop” to the US were subject to enhanced screenings, including in some cases a full-body pat-down. But, immediately, TSA realized that this placed an “extraordinary burden” on airports and airlines and TSA moved to develop a “regime” that would subject a “reduced pool” of passengers to “enhanced screenings.”
On January 13, 2010, it was announced a list of fourteen countries of interest. The list included: Cuba, Sudan, Syria, Iran (four countries on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism) and Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen. The new regime meant all passengers traveling from any of the fourteen countries would, regardless of nationality or US citizenship, be subject to increased security and possible violations of privacy.
Newly published cables from WikiLeaks shed light on reactions from leaders of countries on the list.
|By: David Dayen Monday August 8, 2011 9:40 am|
The uprising in Syria may have reached a tipping point. The Arab League has ended its silence on Bashar al-Assad’s brutal repression of protesters and condemned the violence, expressing “growing concern and serious distress” at the attacks. But more important, Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador, a crucial vote of no confidence in the Assad regime.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 23, 2011 6:30 pm|
The injured, exiled President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, could return to the country as early as tomorrow.
|By: Ruth Calvo Saturday June 18, 2011 5:06 pm|
Welcome to the open road, sisters in Saudi Arabia. There, in a celebration of freedom that has become regular Friday fare in the Middle East and North Africa, women took the wheel and drove themselves about. While no actual law constrains them, women are under a fatwa against taking off driving a car – and are subject to being detained when they do.