Split Screens in Egypt

By |February 4th, 2011|

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution supporting democracy in Egypt and calling on President Hosni Mubarak to begin the process of transferring power and creating a caretaker government as attacks on anti-government protesters entered their second day. --- Senate passes resolution calling on Hosni Mubarak to begin transfer of power in Egypt I cannot [...]

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Enter the Muslim Brotherhood

By |January 31st, 2011|

**UPDATED BELOW** Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy So the Brotherhood would support the maintenance of a secular government? When the Muslim Brotherhood uses the word "secular," it does not mean no religion "“ we are talking about what we call a "civilized state." What if an Egyptian extremist [...]

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What Will Pres. Obama Do Next?

By |January 30th, 2011|

Pres. Mubarak shutting down Al Jazeera in Cairo is going directly against what Pres. Obama said needed to be done by the Egyptian President, which poses a real opportunity and thorny challenge for our President that didn't need another one. Now, ElBaradei is part of the picture in a real way, the National Coalition for [...]

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By |January 30th, 2011|

They also said that some members of the administration were influenced by Israel's concern at losing a reliable peace partner. - Laura Rozen It's the legacy of U.S. Middle East policy. All the settlements combined won't get Israel out of the one they missed. And rightly or wrongly Pres. Obama is already being blamed. "You [...]

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EGYPT: Omar Suleiman Named Egyptian V.P.

By |January 29th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Omar Suleiman, intelligence chief who was also a negotiator between the Israelis and Palestinians, has been named Egyptian VP. Mr. Mubarak has never appointed a vice president since he came into power in 1981. Will it be simply a transitional move when Mubarak steps down? We'll have to wait and see. This is the [...]

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EGYPT: Al Jazeera Strips the Bark Off of State’s P.J. Crowley

By |January 27th, 2011|

Well, this was embarrassing. AL JAZEERA: "Has anyone in the Administration spoken to Pres. Mubarak?" P.J. Crowley: uh... hummena... hummena... hummena... Oh, but "We're seeing a fascinating dynamic unfold in the Middle East." This man needs a vacation. It's as bad as Sect. Clinton's first statement after the protests erupted, bolstering Mubarak against the people [...]

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Arab Eruptions

By |January 26th, 2011|

...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, [...]

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Al Jazeera Meets Wikileaks

By |January 24th, 2011|

The Palestinian Authority proposed an unprecedented land swap to the Israeli government, offering to annex virtually all of the illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. - The "napkin map" revealed If old media wasn't screwed after Wikileaks they are now. It's also weird to be reading headlines talking about the end of the peace talks. [...]

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Will Pres. Obama Support the U.N. Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements?

By |January 21st, 2011|

**UPDATED** That's the million dollar question people are asking, though they're doing it by saying he "must" support it, because it mirrors his own policies. Though the experts on the region are correct, the U.N. resolution does mirror the Obama administration's policy, right now Obama is gearing up for 2012 and to say this puts [...]

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Ehud Barak Quits Labor, Netanyahu-Lieberman Hardliners Win

By |January 17th, 2011|

From my viewpoint, this picture by Tess Scheflan perfectly encapsulates Ehud Barak's actions. According to varied reports, Labor is either like Tunisia, "divided into militias," or an ameba, take your pick. One thing Ehud Barak quitting Labor and forming Atzmaut means is that the hardliners against negotiations with the Palestinians are in charge until we [...]

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