December 23, 2012

Why Bahrain's Monarchy Hates Journalists

Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

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The Sunni monarchy in Bahrain doesn't want witnesses as it tightens its chokehold over a largely Shiite population. Almost every evening, there are clashes between the police and protesters, with both sides growing more enraged and violent.

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December 23, 2012
For Arabs, a State of Abandonment
Rami Khouri, The Daily Star
The variety of Arab government systems, ruling establishments and socio-economic conditions varies immensely across the region, but the fundamental imbalance and distortion in citizen-state relations is pervasive. This flaw is... more ››
December 18, 2012
Obama AWOL from the Middle East
James Jay Carafano, National Interest
The Army term is AWOL: Absent Without Leave. Take off without permission from your commander and you’re AWOL. Today, mounting evidence suggests the president might be AWOL on Middle East policy—ignoring, without the... more ››
December 19, 2012
U.S. Munitions to Blame for Iraq Birth Defects?
Alex Smoltczyk, Spiegel
The guns have been silent in Iraq for years, but in Basra and Fallujah the number of birth defects and cancer cases is on the rise. Locals believe that American uranium-tipped munitions are to blame and some researchers think... more ››
December 19, 2012
Syria's Many Newtown Massacres
Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon
When world affairs are your business, tragedy is, perforce. No one I know wants to hear that many classrooms of children are being pulverized weekly, or that young girls are being given sedatives as agents of their own government... more ››
December 21, 2012
U.S. Left Syrian Children to the Devil
Fouad Ajami, Bloomberg
The barbarisms inflicted on the young in Syria continue unabated while Americans grieve for the children of Newtown, Connecticut. In the U.S., we try to fathom the cruelty, and the faces of the first-graders torment us. Similar... more ››