|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|The Globalization of State Terror||Mike Whitney - Palestine Chronicle -
The “evil ideology” that underscores the war on terror is predicated on two basic theories; preemption and enemy combatants. Both of these run counter to fundamental principles of human rights and democratic governance.||31/7/2005|
|Egypt`s Mubarak to stand again for president||Sophie Claudet - AFP - CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday confirmed that he would seek a fifth mandate in the country`s first-ever competitive presidential polls in September, ending months of speculation about his future.
|The Muslim mind is on fire||Youssef M. Ibrahim - The Middle East Times - The latest reliable report confirms that on average 33 Iraqis die every day, executed by Iraqis and foreign jihadis and suicide bombers, not by US or British soldiers.||31/7/2005|
|Iraq`s imperatives mirror a fractured Arab world ||Rami G. Khouri - The Jordan Times - The terror attacks in London and Egypt and Condoleezza Rice`s visit to the Arab region last week slightly diverted focus from events in Iraq. ||30/7/2005|
|Mubarak Egypt`s veteran ruler faces up to reform ||Sophie Claudet - Agence France-Presse - CAIRO - After 24 years as Egyptian president where his grip on power has been almost unchallenged, Hosni Mubarak will have to face up to unprecedented demands for reform if he wins a historic fifth term.
|Saudia: Battling the cancer within||Prince Turki Al Faisal and Lord George Carey - What makes a man take his own life and the lives of dozens of innocent people: mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters the heroes and heroines of everyday life?
|SOS - Stop the Wall!||ISM News Relay - Black smoke will be seen rising at 10 a.m. on Thursday July 28 along the path of the Apartheid Wall in the central West Bank region from Marda to Qalandia ||27/7/2005|
|Mubarak to run for fifth presidential term||Daily Star staff - Key opponents slam president`s promises to introduce reforms and scrap emergency law
|Why jihadists target the West?||Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor - A recent global upsurge in Islamist terrorism is rekindling a debate over the extremists` motivations that first spiked after the 9/11 attacks: Is the violence aimed at who we (the West) are - or at what we do?
|What does Syria intend?||Walid Choucair - The Daily Star - Lebanese-Syrian relations swing between high tension and talk of near solutions, which raises questions about the continuous contradictory signs coming from Damascus regarding the future of those relations.
|Iraq is the new `epicenter` of global terrorism: Al-Qaeda expert||Agence France Presse - SINGAPORE: Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the "epicenter" of international terrorism and escalated the threat of Islamic extremist violence around the globe, security expert Rohan Gunaratna said. ||30/7/2005|
|Syria expels hundreds of Lebanese managers||Osama Habib - Daily Star staff - Analyst says Damascus is only hurting itself by giving skilled engineers the boot||30/7/2005|
|Egypt opposition leader registers for poll||Agence France Presse - CAIRO: Outspoken Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour registered to challenge President Hosni Mubarak in September`s landmark presidential election yesterday - and swiftly became embroiled in a row with his rival.||30/7/2005|
|Army General Advised Using Dogs at Abu Ghraib, Officer Testifies||Josh White - Washington Post||28/7/2005|
| Iraq police accused of torture||Richard Galpin - BBC - systematic abuse alleged by Sunnis against mainly Shiite police||28/7/2005|
|Lebanese close civil war chapters ||Kim Ghattas - BBC News, Beirut - Supporters of the former warlord Samir Geagea danced in the streets, offering chocolate and popping bottles of champagne as soon as news spread that their leader had left his cell at the ministry of defence.||26/7/2005|
|The World Speaks on Iraq||Richard Falk - The Nation - The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) held its culminating session in
Istanbul June 24-27, the last and most elaborate of sixteen
condemnations of the Iraq War held worldwide in the past two years, in
Barcelona, Tokyo, Brussels, Seoul, New York, London, Mumbai and other
|Wall preventing Mes`ha Village from using waste disposal||Amin Abu Wardeh - Palestine News Net - Residents of Mes`ha Village west of Salfit report that Israeli occupation forces will not allow Palestinians to use their garbage cans which are now on the "other side" of the Wall. ||25/7/2005|
|Shock in Sharm||Serene Assir - Al Aharam Weekly - reports from Sharm El-Sheikh on the havoc wreaked on two of its most vibrant districts and the angst of the resort`s residents and tourists - Scores die in bombings||25/7/2005|
|Here`s what America can do to be loved by Muslims||Craig Charney - The Daily Star - The research showed that the United States can improve its image in the Muslim world, despite the widespread anti-Americanism there. Perceptions matter. Muslims do not hate Americans for "who we are" or "what we do;" they are angry at what they perceive the U.S. has done in Iraq, the war on terrorism, Palestine, and to Muslims in America.
|Iraq: This is now an unwinnable conflict||Patrick Cockburn - As he completes another tour of duty in the chaos of Iraq,
award-winning reporter Patrick Cockburn charts how Bush and Blair`s
`winnable war` turned into a mess that is inspiring a worldwide
|Defying U.S. Efforts, Guerrillas in Iraq Refocus and Strengthen||Dexter Filkins And David S. Cloud - The New York Times - Despite months of assurances that their forces were on the wane, the
guerrillas and terrorists battling the American-backed enterprise
here appear to be growing more violent, more resilient and more
sophisticated than ever.
|Bomber Targets Iraqi Police Post; As Many as 40 Killed Outside Station||Naseer Nouri and Omar Fekeiki - Washington Post - BAGHDAD, July 25 -- A suicide bomber, blocked by a traffic jam from reaching his intended target, a police station in Baghdad, exploded a truck laden with explosives on the busy street outside Sunday, killing at least 22 people and wounding 30, Iraqi officials said.
|Barbaric But Not Unexpected||Ramzy Baroud - CommonDreams.org - "The answer lies in an immediate halt of all military aggressions perpetrated in the name of civilization and democratization by the super powers against vulnerable and defenseless countries. This void can only be filled by sensible diplomacy, cultural integration and dialogue to achieve what cluster bombs have utterly failed to deliver. Otherwise the "inevitable" attacks on London will go on with the same certainty as the promise of each new day.
|Egyptian protestors tackle joblessness for first time||Ola Galal - Middle East Times - Egypt in recent months has witnessed a spate of protests by opposition groups voicing a broad range of complaints ranging from the 24-year-old Emergency Law, to changes in electoral rules, to President Hosni Mubarak`s grooming of his son Gamal to replace him.
|Opinion: Lebanon`s political volcano ready to erupt||Claude Salhani - Midle East Times - The Lebanese like to reiterate they have learned the lessons of the 15-year civil war and that the risk of another fratricidal conflict is unthinkable. But in spite of its recent tumultuous history, Lebanon is sitting atop an over-active political volcano, risking eruption at any moment.
|Record the Middle East: What would you hear?||By Joanna Cattanach - The Daily Star - After September 11, 2001, Americans asked themselves: Why do they hate us? At the time we didn`t know who "they" were. Even now I doubt many do. Some Americans still believe the September 11 terrorists were Iraqi, and the Bush administration has done little to dissuade them of this notion.
|Islamist wind blows ever stronger in the Middle East||Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - Hizbullah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East today would relate easily to the words of that great American philosopher Bob Dylan, who once wrote that, "you don`t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."||23/7/2005|
|Another day of protest against the Wall||Marcy Newman - Electronic Intifada - Time is so short and my experiences are so intense I fear that I cannot fully convey the gravity of daily life and what I am witnessing here. It especially worries me that the world`s eyes are myopically focused on the pullout in Ghaza, the anti-disengagement protesters, most of whom are illegal Israeli settlers from the West Bank.
|Teenager killed at Israeli checkpoint||Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint by remote control from behind sniper towers shot at cars and commuters who tried to pass through. A 14-year-old boy, Ragheb al-Abed al-Masri, was killed while waiting to cross to Khan Yunis. Gaza is under closure for the 5th successive day with attendant suffering, delays and frustration for the population.||22/7/2005|
|The Plot of the Eastern Segregation Wall||Link to ARIJ - "In light of the predicament negotiation status between the Palestinians and the Israeli, the latter is looking to snatch opportunities to fasten its grip on Palestinian lands, mainly in the eastern slice of the West Bank area by stirring up development projects, which aims to clutch the settlers to the lands and even increase their numbers."||21/7/2005|
|The Israeli Government thrust the “Jerusalem Envelope” Plan||Link to ARIJ -
"It seems that Israel has reached a point where it believes that the denial of the true motivation, which steers the Segregation Wall project is no longer viable and that the truth `shall set them free` in a sense that they will no longer have to vary their list of justifications but simply say `we are building a border`."||21/7/2005|
| Construction of the Annexation Wall||
Excerpt from the Weekly Report July 14-20,
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights||21/7/2005|
|Times: Israeli Agents Are in Iraq...Maybe||Marc Perelman
Forward - "Buried in the middle of a short July 14 news story about Turkey`s
request that Iraq extradite two Islamists held at the infamous Abu
Ghraib prison, The New York Times made a stunning allegation:
Israeli intelligence officials are operating in Iraq."||21/7/2005|
| Lawyers challenge EU and UK over inaction on Palestine||War on Want - Electronic Intifada - "
Lawyers acting for campaigns group War on Want will today (Monday
18 July) send letters to President Jose Manuel Barroso of the
European Commission and UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
challenging them to provide evidence of any action they have taken
to curtail human rights abuses against Palestinians living under
Israeli military occupation.
|Arab countries seek new UN push on Israeli barrier||Irwin Arieff - Reuters - UNITED NATIONS, July 20 (Reuters) - Arab nations launched a new diplomatic offensive on Wednesday against Israel`s West Bank barrier at the United Nations, where the Security Council agreed to hold a next-day debate on the Middle East.
|The Museum of Palestine: Keys to the past||Robert Fisk - The independent - In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians fled their homes, never to return. One of them, Mahmoud Dakwar, has made it his mission to preserve a record of this vanished society for its descendants, as Robert Fisk reports from Matchouk, southern Lebanon
|Beirut clashes follow Geagea amnesty ||Al Jazeera - At least one person has been killed and several others wounded in clashes that broke out in Beirut after the Lebanese parliament granted former militia leader Samir Geagea amnesty.
|Let`s ensure, for once, that what doesn`t bleed leads||Miftah - One of the paramount rules of journalism is: "If it bleeds, it leads." If a story is violent, it should be priority news. Following this philosophy has thus increasingly turned the front pages of our newspapers red in recent years. ||19/7/2005|
|Bashar Assad ensured the Baath was here to stay||Sami Moubayed - The Daily Star - When the Baath Party held its conference in Damascus last June 6-9, it had no intention of advancing reform in Syria. It wanted to repair Syria. This distinction is critical to interpreting what is going on.
|Syria - Eradication of illiteracy the `most important` objective||UNDP - Report POVERTY IN SYRIA 1996-2004 - says re-allocation of public health funds for preventive care also critical. Editor`s note: This report is the first output from an ongoing process of collaboration between the Syrian government, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and other national and international stakeholders to devise a poverty reduction strategy for Syria.
|Did Washington try to manipulate Iraq`s election?||Seymour M. Hersh - The New Yorker - The January 30th election in Iraq was publicly perceived as a political triumph for George W. Bush and a vindication of his decision t overturn the regime of Saddam Hussein.
|Iraqis Stunned by the Violence of a Bombing||Kirk Semple - The New York Times - BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 17 - Even in Iraq, where shocking killings have become part of daily life, some acts are so profoundly violent that the country seems to pause, trying to fathom what happened.
|Switzerland urges Israel to dismantle the wall in future ||George Rishmawi - The Associated Press - Switzerland, in its capacity as guardian of the Geneva Conventions, urged Israel on Friday to promise to dismantle its West Bank separation wall in the future.
|Zarqawi: Everywhere and nowhere ||Dahr Jamail - Asia Times - AMMAN, Jordan - A remarkable proportion of the violence taking place in Iraq is regularly credited to the Jordanian Ahmad al-Khalayleh, better known as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and his al-Qaeda-linked organization in Iraq.
|The new face of Lebanon||Sami Moubayed - Asia Times - DAMASCUS - A lot of political maturity and good faith is coming out of Beirut following the appointment of Fouad al-Siniora (62) as premier of Lebanon. He was voted into office by 126 of the 128 deputies in the Lebanese parliament.
|Netanya bomber may have breached Israel`s security barrier||Joshua Brilliant - United Press International - Israeli bomb squad member walks at the scene of a suicide bomb attack in the city of Netanya, on July 12. A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya, killing at least three people and dealing a heavy blow to a five-month old truce, security sources said.
|Palestinians shut out from their farms||Lawrence Smallman - Al-Jazeera - Israel`s wall is keeping many Palestinians from their property: Israeli occupation forces are preventing Palestinians from passing through gates in the separation barrier to work their farms, according to a human rights activist.
|Egypt`s opposition unites in criticism of political party law||Ola Galal - Middle East Times - CAIRO - Egyptian opposition figures and independent MPs have opposed amendments made by Egypt`s lower house of parliament to a law on political parties on grounds that the changes intrude on their independence.
|It`s regime change on the cheap in Syria||David Ignatius - Daily Star staff - There`s a certain familiarity to the scenario: A Baathist regime is clinging to power in a key Arab country that has a history of making trouble for its neighbors. The ruler of this country comes from a religious minority that imposes its will through control of the military and the intelligence services. The people in the country want change, but they fear instability.
|Intolerance and terrorism are the problem, not Islam||Edward S. Walker - The Daily Star - "Islam plays an ever increasing role in Muslim countries, in public attitudes and in the politics of the Middle East." "Secularism is in retreat." While I do not know of any scientific polls that could validate these statements, many Americans - including experts on the region - would agree.
|Beyond the wall||Graham Usher - Al-Ahram Weekly Protesters in the West Bank village of Azoon near Qalqilya scuffle - with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration, on 9 July, against the ongoing construction of Israel`s apartheid wall. This week marked the one-year anniversary of the World Court`s decision that the wall is illegal and should be dismantled.
|Official Admits Errors in Iraq: Feith Cites Delay in Transfer of Power, Size of U.S. Force||Ann Scott Tyson - The Washington Post - Douglas J. Feith, a top Pentagon official who was deeply involved in
planning the Iraq war, said that there were significant missteps in
the administration`s strategy, including the delayed transfer of
power to a new Iraqi government, and that he did not know whether
the invading U.S. force was the right size.
|A suicide attack every day in the new Iraq||Neil MacDonald in Baghdad - Financial Times - Suicide bomb attacks in Iraq have averaged at least one per day since the announcement of a new government in April, according to data gathered by the US military.
|Iraq: 8 Months After U.S.-Led Siege, Insurgents Rise Again in Falluja||Edward Wong - The New York Times - FALLUJA, Iraq, Transformed into a police state after last winter`s siege, this should be the safest city in all of Iraq.
|Iraq is the new `epicenter` of global terrorism: Al-Qaeda expert||Agence France Presse (AFP - SINGAPORE: Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the "epicenter" of international terrorism and escalated the threat of Islamic extremist violence around the globe, security expert Rohan Gunaratna said.||30/7/2005|
|Interpreting the attack on London||Hasan Abu Nimah - The Jordan Times - Last week`s dreadful bomb attacks in central London struck very close to home for me, almost as close as the attacks of Sept. 11,2001, in New York.
|Iraq: Children die in Baghdad car bomb||BBC News Online - At least 26 Iraqis, almost all of them children, have been killed by a car bomb in south-eastern Baghdad.
|MachsomWatch Summary – May 2005||MachsomWatch is an Israeli women’s organization that monitors one of the gravest aspects of the Occupation – the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
|Israel`s barrier to cut off Palestinians in Jerusalem ||Daily Star staff - Around a quarter of the Palestinian population of Jerusalem face being cut off from the rest of the holy city after Israel`s Cabinet approved a new route for its controversial West Bank barrier. Palestinians accused Israel of trying to shut down argument over the fate of occupied East Jerusalem. 11/7/2005 ||12/7/2005|
|Israel`s wall is simply another `fact on the ground`||Samar Assad - The Daily Star - Expert Briefing - One year after the International Court of Justice found that Israel`s construction of the separation barrier in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and East Jerusalem contravenes international law Israel continues construction of the wall and expansion of settlements, particularly around East Jerusalem||11/7/2005|
|Allawi: this is the start of civil war||Hala Jaber - The Times - IRAQ`S former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country is facing civil war and has predicted dire consequences for Europe and America as well as the Middle East if the crisis is not resolved.
|We Don`t Mind the Gap||Laurie King-Irani - UPI/CommonDreams.org - "Of course, it`s just a matter of time. This summer, next summer
- it`ll happen eventually. Everyone knows that. We`re all just
waiting for the other shoe to drop," a publisher told me as we sat
in the smoky haze of a London pub in late April 2004. The topic
was terrorism, specifically, a terror attack on London.
|Iraq suspects suffocate in heat||BBC News Online - Nine building workers have died in Iraq after being arrested on suspicion of insurgent activity and then left in a closed metal container.
|Withdrawal would curb terrorism||Salim Lone - The Guardian - The Gleneagles summit`s grand stage might well have shown up George Bush`s hypocrisy in proclaiming an "ideology of compassion" over African poverty and global warming. ||12/7/2005|
|Lebanon Defence Minister Elias Murr wounded in deadly blast||Agence France Presse - BEIRUT - Lebanon`s outgoing Defence Minister Elias Murr was wounded Tuesday morning in an explosion in the north of the capital Beirut that also caused fatalities. ||12/7/2005|
|Amid the horrors of the Middle East, it is strange to hear about this European `crisis`||Robert Fisk - The Independent - Why is it that we Europeans can no longer understand our own peace and contentment and safety and our extraordinary luxury and our futuristic living standards and our God-like good fortune and our long, wonderful lives?
|We should have listened to Bin Laden ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - The American `experts` waffled about whether he was alive - not what he said.
|39,000 Iraqis killed in fighting, new study finds||Reuters - UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (Reuters) - Some 39,000 Iraqis have been killed as a direct result of combat or armed violence since the U.S.-led invasion, a figure considerably higher than previous estimates, a Swiss institute reported on Monday.
|One year on: Governments have obligations to hold Israel to account||Jeff Handmaker, Peter Malcontent and Gentian Zyberi- The Electronic Intifada - One year ago on 9 July 2004, at the request of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice in The Hague issued an Advisory Opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories||10/7/2005|
|Ambassador of a sane world||Jackie Hugi of Maariv eulogizes Dr. Ihab al-Sharif who served in the position of the deputy-ambassador of Egypt in Israel from 1999-2003 and was cruelly murdered by evil men this week in Baghdad. During his tenure in Israel Dr. Ihab al-Sharif made many friends, Israelis and Palestinians, who learned not only to respect him but also to love him as a person and a friend. We have lost a learned man, a man of culture, who was inquisitive and eager to learn, with a rare intelligence and immense good will and a readiness to act for a better future in our region. May his memory be blessed.
|The price of occupation ||Tariq Ali - The Guardian - The real solution lies in immediately ending the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. Just because these three wars are reported sporadically and mean little to the everyday lives of most Europeans does not mean the anger and bitterness they arouse in the Muslim world and its diaspora is insignificant. ||8/7/2005|
| Largest Land Confiscation in Hebron District ||CPT-Hebron - Urgent Action Needed - "97 dunums are stated for confiscation for building a fence in the order, but in actuality 500 dunums (125 acres) behind the fence will be taken. This is the largest single land confiscation in Hebron history. This land, filled with olive groves, grapes, and field vegetables, would be taken in order to expand the Telem Israeli Settlement in the Southwest corner of the West Bank." ||8/7/2005|
|"The time of revenge has come"||Juan Cole
Salon.com -"Blowback from Bush and Blair`s incompetently pursued war on terror
has hit London. When will the U.S. figure out how to fight smart?
|London Hit as Skepticism Grows on `Terror War`||Jim Lobe - Inter Press Service - "Thirty-six percent of [Gallup]respondents, nearly two-thirds of whom
described themselves as Republicans, said the U.S. was winning the
war, down sharply from 66 percent after the U.S.-supported ouster
of the Taliban in Afghanistan in January 2002, and 65 percent
after U.S. troops captured Baghdad in April 2003."
|The reality of this barbaric bombing||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush`s "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.
|Al-Qaeda militants murder Egyptian ambassador to Iraq||Daily Star staff - The Egyptian ambassador to Iraq has been murdered by his captors, in a killing claimed by the group of Al-Qaeda`s Iraq frontman Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the office of President Hosni Mubarak said.||8/7/2005|
|Dozens killed in London blasts ||The Independent - "Police said this afternoon that at least 33 people had been killed in four terrorist blasts on the London Underground. More were killed in a bus explosion.
". Timetable of London`s day of terror, by David Stringe.||7/7/2005|
|West turns blind eye as police put Saddam`s torturers back to work|| James Hider - The Times - "In their haste to put police on the streets to counter the brutal
insurgency, Iraqi and US authorities have enlisted men trained under
Saddam Hussein`s regime and versed in torture and abuse, the
officials told The Times."||7/7/2005|
|America knocks at Syria`s nervous door||David Hirst - The Daily Star - "The Americans won`t control their side of the border, accept our offers of collaboration, or allow us the surveillance equipment we need. Then they accuse us of aiding a resistance which, they know, is basically Iraqi, even if some foreign fighters do get across our frontiers, which - they also know - are impossible to seal without an investment of resources way beyond our means." ||6/7/2005|
|Middle Eastern foundations start to shake||Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - The screws are loosening around the ideological, geographic, emotional, cultural and economic anchors of the Middle East, and new moorings will emerge to replace the failed old ones.
|Did one woman`s obsession take America to war?||Peter Bergen - The Guardian - She is a conspiracy theorist whose political conceits have consistently been proved wrong. So why were Bush and his aides so keen to swallow Laurie Mylroie`s theories on Saddam and terrorism?
|The deepening crisis in Iraq||Hasan Abu Nimah - The Jordan Times - Since the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein over two years ago, the situation in Iraq has been steadily worsening. All political and military efforts to stem the escalating violence in the country have so far failed, and in the absence of other options, the latest to be pursued is to "negotiate with the terrorists".
|Israel to speed up wall construction ||IMEMC & Agencies - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet Wednesday with the heads of the defense establishment to discuss the progress of the separation wall. Ordered to speed up cpnstruction especially around Jerusalem||6/7/2005|
|The Separation Barrier surrounding a-Ram||B`tselem - The separation barrier under construction will surround a-Ram on three sides. West of the village, Israel has completed a wall eight meters high, along the main road to Ramallah. To the south, a wall is planned a distance of several hundred meters from the municipal boundary, separating part of the neighborhood Dahiyat al-Barid, in the south of a-Ram, from the rest of the village.||6/7/2005|
|IRAQ: Too many stories||Greg Rollins - CPT Iraq - Two weeks ago, on 19 June, an Iraqi women`s human rights organization held a
demonstration at the Ministry of Human Rights (MHR) to call attention to
|Egyptian envoy kidnapped in Iraq||Daily Star staff - Kidnappers have seized Egypt`s envoy to Iraq in an apparent bid to discourage the country`s Arab neighbors from bolstering their ties to the U.S.-backed government. Ihab al-Sherif, the head of Egypt`s mission, was cornered by gunmen in cars while on a short trip to buy a newspaper near his home on Saturday evening. ||5/7/2005|
|Rights group urges Egypt to respect NGO freedom of association||Agence France Presse - CAIRO: New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch called on Egypt to ease restrictions on freedom of association, saying there cannot be true democracy without a vibrant civil society.
|Tayseer Allouni awaits the verdict||James Badcock - The Daily Star - When Tayseer Allouni left his home in Spain to work for Al-Jazeera in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan a few years ago, the Syrian-born journalist appeared to prosper as a result of his contacts with the underworld of Islamic extremism. ||4/7/2005|
|Bush is overselling Mideast democracy in the United States||David L. Mack - The Daily Star - President George W. Bush has stated that human freedom and the spread of democracy will advance U.S. interests and protect the American people against terrorist threats. In the long run, the very long run, he may be right. But it would be unwise to ignore history under the influence of the euphoric slogan "Freedom is on the march."
|Egypt Briefs - July 1 2005 ||Metimes - A summary of Egypt-related news - Shia freed after extensive interrogation; US `watching` Ayman Al Nur forgery trial; Pro-reform rally urges Mubarak to retire; Jihad chief meets Omar Suleiman; Pentagon green-lights sale of air defense units; Giant sarcophagus found in Egypt; Egypt to try barons for corruption; Court sentences gang leaders to death; Jailed Islamists on hunger strike; Siamese twins separated; Ayad Allawi appeals for more support;
|Egypt judges denounce mass fraud in May referendum||Agence France Press - CAIRO - Egypt’s judges challenged the official results of a May 25 referendum on poll reform, charging that the vote had been marred by widespread fraud, in a report obtained by AFP on Saturday.
|Syria: U.S. freezes assets of Syrian interior minister and intelligence chief ||Daily Star - The United States, turning up the heat on Syria, moved to freeze the assets of the country`s interior minister and a military intelligence chief, accusing them of abetting terrorism and destabilizing the region.
|Egypt: Democracy at the expense of stability||Mohamed Sid-Ahmed - Al Ahram Weekly - Condoleezza Rice defines the present global conflict not as a war against terrorism, but as a struggle for democracy. ||2/7/2005|
|Arab security reforms: Lebanon`s rare opportunity||Rami G. Khouri - The Daily Star - The formal designation of Fouad Siniora to form the next Lebanese government marks the start of the most challenging but potentially the most significant phase of the current (apparent) transformation of Lebanese politics. This follows the mass expression of popular and international will that resulted in the Syrian military departure, and the elections that brought in a new Parliament.
|Iraq: In his Iraq speech, George W. Bush sacrificed the truth for spin||Anthony H. Cordesman - The Daily Star - In his speech on Tuesday, U.S. President George W. Bush was more frank about the problems the United States faces in Iraq than he has been in the past. He talked in more depth than before about the need to make Iraqi forces effective, and why deadlines for a U.S. withdrawal could present serious problems.||1/7/2005|
|Democracy or anti-terrorism? Tough choice||David Ignatius - Daily Star staff - President George W. Bush tried to defend his Iraq policy on Tuesday night as a means of combating terrorism. It was a standard Bush theme, a replay of arguments he has been using for three years. But there`s a contradiction staring him in the face - one so obvious that it often gets overlooked.
|Lebanon: Time to address administrative reform||Fady Abboud - The Daily Star - Lebanon cannot compete with Arab countries where production costs are low and subsidized unless it increases its productivity and this will not occur unless technocrat ministers stage a revolution to fight administrative corruption.
|Egypt: Ayman Nour`s co-defendant reverses incriminating testimony||Daily Star staff - A co-defendant in the trial of Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour withdrew incriminating statements he had made against the presidential contender, saying he confessed under duress.
|Iraq: USA held hostage||Paul Krugman - New York Times - The invasion of Iraq was based on a lie, but Bush is now telling Usanians that they must support the war anyway, now that he has gotten them into it. He`s wrong. They don`t have to. ||1/7/2005|
|Kafka at Abu Dis||Nina Mayorek - MachsomWatch - a conversation with Border Police which "provides service to the public"||19/7/2005|
|How Large a Crater Will We Leave?||Scott Horton - Antiwar - Juan Cole, professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan, has lived in the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu. ||19/7/2005|
|Iraq: New blood||Ghaith Abdul-Ahad - The Guardian - After one of the deadliest weekends in Iraq since the fall of Saddam, calls for foreign troops to be pulled out of the country have redoubled.||19/7/2005|
|Egyptian envoy kidnapped in Iraq||The Daily Star - Kidnappers have seized Egypt`s envoy to Iraq in an apparent bid to discourage the country`s Arab neighbors from bolstering their ties to the U.S.-backed government, diplomats and police sources said. Ihab al-Sherif, the head of Egypt`s mission, was cornered by gunmen in cars while on a short trip to buy a newspaper near his home on Saturday evening and has not been heard from since, an Egyptian diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
|Egyptian ambassador to Iraq kidnapped||Agence France Press (AFP) - BAGHDAD - The new Egyptian ambassador to Iraq, Ihab al-Sharif, was kidnapped in Baghdad late Saturday, just a month after taking up post, an embassy employee and the Iraqi interior ministry said. Sharif had been named ambassador on June 1.
|Into the mainstream||As Hamas makes further gains on the ground, doors may be opening before its rehabilitation internationally,||3/7/2005|
|Judging Abbas||An anlysis of Mahmoud Abbas` (Abu Mazen) visit to Washington on May 26 2500. According to Draper, Bush has changed his stance on the Middle East conflict - but did Abu Mazen catch his drift, and nuances ?||3/7/2005|
|Iraq: legislators grapple with Islam, federalism and Kirkuk as they draft permanent constitution ||The Daily Star - With wrangling over its membership resolved, the drafting committee forges ahead with writing new law ||2/7/2005|
|Palestine Prepares for July 9 as Protests Escalate: Occupation Forces Assassinate Child in Beit Liqya||Anti-Apartheid Wall Camapign - A number of protests in villages and towns across Palestine have left scores injured. Meanwhile a 15 year old child – Mahyoub Assi. – was assassinated by Occupation Forces in Beit Liqya. From Masha to Imneizel, Palestinian resistance to the Occupation and Apartheid Wall is escalating ahead of the one year anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling for the Wall to be torn down.
|The Wall: We are no longer able to see the sun set||Andrew Rubin - Al AhRam Weekly - On 9 July last year the International Court of Justice issued its opinion on the apartheid Wall Israel is constructing in the West Bank. The opinion should open up other arenas of resistance .
|Another Wednesday at the Kalandia checkpoint ||Aya Kaniuk - MachsomWatch
|The IDF battles "illegal settlements"…of Bedouin||Vivi T. - MachsomWatch - "The Taysir checkpoint supplies two truths - one is an example of the non-removal of the permanent checkpoints, and the other is the IDF’s fight against `illegal settlements` erected by Bedouin inside its firing-zone. "||6/7/2005|
|Egypt: Mubarak seeks 5th term ||Jordan Times - CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday confirmed he will seek a fifth mandate in the country`s first-ever competitive presidential poll in September, ending months of speculation about his future.
|Iraqi women split on role of Islam in new constitution||Agence France Press - BAGHDAD - Iraqi women are split over how great a role Islam should play in the new constitution, currently being drafted in parliament.
|PA coverage restriction ires journalists||Khaled Abu Toameh - Jerusalem post - In a move condemned by Palestinian journalists as a threat to the free media, the Palestinian Authority on Saturday issued a ban on the publication of any news related to its security forces.
|Riot police beat Cairo protesters ||Heba Saleh - BBC Online - Egyptian security forces have used force to disperse pro-reform demonstrators trying to hold a protest in a main square in central Cairo.
|And these people are supposed to preserve the memory of victims of racism..||Atlanta - Bisiness Wire - "A United Church of Christ (UCC) resolution demanding that Israel dismantle its anti-terrorism fence "is functionally antisemitic, which devalues the lives of the citizens of the Jewish state," charged Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, of Los Angeles."
|Mofaz wants fence to be rerouted||Diana Bahur-Nir - Ynet/Yediot - Defense minister proposes changes to security fence route near West Bank settlement of Ariel in bid to provide Palestinian residents with more living space ||6/7/2005|
|Daughter, colleagues of Egyptian envoy to Iraq condemn his killing||Ola Ahmed - Middle East Times - CAIRO - A videotape attributed to Al Qaeda leader and the most-wanted man in Iraq, Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi, claimed this week that his group had killed the Egyptian ambassador designate to Iraq, Ihab Al Sherif.
|Arab world condemns London blasts||Al Jazeera - The serial blasts killed 33 and injured several hundreds -Deadly blasts that rocked London`s underground trains and a bus have drawn shock and sympathy from several Arab capitals - some of them all too familiar with carnage on their own streets.
|The true face of terror in London and Baghdad||Michael Glackin - Daily Star staff - Governments and the media are fond of saying that terrorism has no face. But it does. It was in the face of Jassim Hassan whom The Daily Star showed grieving over the body of his five-year-old daughter Ikhlas after she was killed in cross-fire between U.S. troops and Iraqi insurgents in Tikrit last month.
|Iran`s election may provide an Islamic role model||Patrick Seale - The Daily Star - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s recent landslide election victory as president of Iran was a welcome development in a Middle East region profoundly disturbed by unresolved conflicts, corrupt elites and violent foreign intervention.
|Mideast links London attacks to Western policy: Muslim community expresses fear of backlash||Daily Star staff - Iran unanimously condemned the bomb attacks in London as "unacceptable and inhumane," but a top cleric nevertheless argued the blasts were direct result of U.S. and Israeli policies. His theory was one which was being repeatedly expressed in the region following Thursday`s deadly attacks.
|Nobody Attacks Civilization||Charley Reese - AntiWar.com - British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President George W. Bush went into their standard routine after the London bombings. This was an attack against civilization and all civilized nations, they said.
|Peres unveils Erez Terminal`s new hi-tech tools ||Agence France Presse - EREZ TERMINAL: Israel will not seal off the Gaza Strip but is instead looking to invest millions of dollars in border crossings to help the Palestinian workforce and business culture thrive after its pullout from the territory, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Thursday||29/7/2005|
|Qatar aligns with Israel, strips 15,000 Qataris of citizenship ||A report on Watar`s newly signed trade agreement with Israe, juxtaposed with an instance of Qatar`s violation of civil rights. ||28/7/2005|
|Cracks in the Yemeni System||Sarah Phillips - MERIP - Sarah Phillips is a doctoral candidate in political science at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies of the Australian National University in Canberra||28/7/2005|
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