“He gave me a lesson in democracy and said: ‘We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that’s the fate of the Middle East,’” Ben-Eliezer said. “‘They may be talking about democracy but they don’t know what they’re talking about and the result will be extremism and [...]
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“The President must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. I therefore believe President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical. It’s his opportunity to write his own legacy. He has given 60 years of his life to the service of his country and this is an ideal moment for him to show the [...]
EGYPT: Al Jazeera and White House Mixed Messaging in the Age of Wikileak Cables, Twitter and Facebook
**UPDATES BELOW** This has been an extraordinary week. What follows is a remarkable story I’ve done my best to unpack and requires a lot of investment on your part. I don’t claim this is perfectly packaged, but I’ve done the very best I can on a story I think is historic, including news late last [...]
…I’m skeptical too. But I found it unsatisfying to settle for such skepticism as I watched the massive demonstrations unfold in Egypt on my Twitter feed while moderating a panel discussion on Tunisia yesterday (I plead guilty). As I’ve been arguing for the last month, something does seem to be happening at a regional level, [...]
**UPDATED** The big news around the sphere is Pres. Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight. But not around here, as something serious is brewing in Egypt… and so far no one is covering it, but that won’t last long. Just a few moments ago (6:45 pm EST)… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Protests have brought Cairo to a [...]
Italy’s Foreign Minister Frattini called the Wikileaks release the “Sept. 11 of world diplomacy.” Republicans are jumping on the leak, as expected, because transparency scares the bejeezus out of the Right. Rep. Pete Hoekstra using hyperbole to say what allies might ask, “‘Can the United States be trusted? Can the United States keep a secret?’” [...]
It is time Israel realized that it has obligations to the United States, as well as the United States to Israel, and that it become far more careful about the extent to which it test the limits of U.S. patience and exploits the support of American Jews. This does not mean taking a single action [...]
UPDATE (2:00 a.m.): Taliban claim in phone call to AP that Kabul car bomb contained 500kg of explosives, via Voice of America (VOA) South Asia Bureau Chief Steven L. Herman. At least 70 wounded after blast outside NATO HQ. Afghanistan has quietly passed a law permitting Shia men to deny their wives food and sustenance [...]
–updated below– Coming after Netanyahu calling Emanuel and Axelrod both “self-hating Jews,” the latest salvo from another prominent Israeli is not as insulting, but certainly as obtuse. Ignoring that Pres. Obama has already met with PM Netanyahu, Mr. Benn’s argument today sounds alarmingly like a spoiled brat having a tantrum. So far, Israelis have embraced [...]
Iranian elections are heating up, with Ahmadinejad coming at Mousavi using his wife just last week. I’ll be going to a forum today where pre-election polling out of Iran will be released. I’ll liveblog it if opportunity permits. Meanwhile in Lebanon, huge voter turnout over the weekend handed a victory to Saad Hariri, the son [...]
New podcast is up. Features include: Hot Topics (Susan Boyle, McAuliffe); Hunting Sotmayor; Petreaus on Gitmo – Torture; Israel, Obama, Saudis, Egypt. In other news today, Newt keeps pushing, now calling Judge Sotomayor “un-American” in an email blast. Michael Scherer at Time has the whole email. Not even reading it is believing. You read that [...]
Hezbollah isn’t happy. Joe Biden’s surprise visit is causing them indigestion. It’s the most senior U.S. official sent to Lebanon in 26 years, which comes too close to the June 7th election for Hezbollah’s comfort. Biden said he had come to show U.S. support for Lebanon’s sovereignty, which “cannot and will not be traded away.” [...]
If ever Pres. Obama was waiting for his moment, he gets one this week. It’s a chance to negate the clamor over torture photos, as well as military commissions. To catapult over questions of his Supreme pick. A moment where he can walk around the every day conflicts and stand apart from the pettiness that’s [...]
Earth to Saudis, get a grip. Oh, but not on your woman. Arab News, a Saudi English-language daily newspaper based in Riyadh, reported that Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that “if a person gives SR 1,200 [$320] to his wife and she spends 900 riyals [$240] to purchase an abaya [the black cover that women in [...]
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