Category Archives: middle east

Benghazi Is Not A Tom Clancy Novel

On CNN yesterday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) expressed dissonant disapproval of the president’s failure to teleport reinforcements to the US consulate in Benghazi. You have to admire the way he twists reality here: Look, we have to make priorities and … Continue reading

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On Armies and Revolution

A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier stands in line during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, Sudan, on July 5, 2011. The last king of France had blown his treasury on foreign wars, including the American … Continue reading

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Watch Out! Here Comes the Empire of Qatar

The Economist warns that a wide assortment of foreign actors stands to undermine the independence of the new Libya. And there’s a surprise: The worst offender is Qatar, according to several Tripoli-based diplomats. The small Gulf state was instrumental in … Continue reading

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Bobby McFerrin in Riyadh

Alaa Wardi covering Fi Hagat by Nancy Ajram. I’ve watched this ten times already to identify each part he’s doing. Ajram’s original here.

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Rock in the Arab World

As I said about Libya this morning, I have faith in the power of rock and roll. Arab kids love rock — so much that they have adapted it for their own uses, which is exactly how culture happens. This … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Violence in Bahrain

The protests were peaceful, the regime wasn’t. Two were killed, dozens injured, and one ABC correspondent beaten. But that is how nonviolence works — by exposing the oppressor. This is as consequential to Bahrainis as the Pettus bridge to the … Continue reading

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Your Time Is Now

In the northern neighborhoods of Tehran the other night, cries of “death to the dictator” and “death to Khamenei.” Video after the jump…

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Morning Awful: Mubarak Mummy Curse

A joke in Arabic: mubah-rak (as the Egyptian despot’s name is pronounced) means “blessed,” and indeed the man is blessed with great wealth. Barak (or Barack, in the presidential spelling) is a blessing, so mu barak is a “non-blessing.” In … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Egypt Crackdown

With Friday bringing crowds of millions to the streets, Cairo’s oligarchy has shut off the internet in that country — an ominous sign of approaching bloodbath. The Mubarak regime appears ready to put down the Jasmine Revolution with that ginormous … Continue reading

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Assassination Squad Unmasked By Police

Today’s edition of Virtual Reality Living contains this tale, via AP, of an assassinated Hamas leader in Dubai and a security-video review that unmasked the assassination ring down to the details. Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim showed the news conference … Continue reading

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Peace Breaks Out

The United States has already begun talking to Tehran about the nuclear issue. Actually, to be more specific, Barack Obama has been talking to Iran for almost a year. Foreign Policy has the story: Over the past year, our sources … Continue reading

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