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Archives: June 2009

5,000 March Silently in Iran

CNN is reporting that 5,000 dissidents marched silently on Shariati street near a major mosque in downtown Tehran, ostensibly in honor of cleric Mohammad Beheshti, who was killed in a bombing by…

Maliki Says Iraq can Patrol Own Cities

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki maintained Saturday that Iraq is ready to provide its own security in the cities, as US troops cease patrolling. This despite the raft of bombings that kille…

200 Killed in One Week in Iraq

As the dramatic events in Iran have taken the world focus off Iraq, the news that some 200 people, mostly civilians, were killed in bombings and other political violence during the past…

Michael Jackson, Islam and the Middle East

Michael Jackson’s sad death at age 50 has provoked an outpouring of emotion around the whole world. Because of globalization, it is an event that affects fans in Asia and the Middle…

70 Dead in Bombing of Shiite Area, Baghdad

A massive bomb shook Shiite east Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 70 persons and wounding 135. It was unclear, Ned Parker of the LAT reports, who was behind the strike, whether Sunni radicals…

IRGC Breaks up Demonstration in Downtown Tehran

AKI is reporting that Iran’s national guard, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, with help from the popular militia, Basij, just broke up a demonstration by hundreds of Mousavi supporters in downtown Tehran.…

Mousavi, Defiant, Calls for More Rallies

Reformist presidential aspirant Mir Hosain Mousavi called Monday morning for another round of big street protests by his supporters against the attempt of the regime to steal the election for hard liner…

More Details on Saturday’s Demonstrations

Update This video posted by BBC is worth watching all the way to the end. Update: A friend passed on this further eyewitness account of Saturday’s events: ‘ “it was a real…

Mousavi Letter Translated

The below is not my translation but was sent by a kind friend.- JRIC Mir Hossein Mousavi has published on his Web site “Kalemeh” (The Word) a letter addressing the people. Below…

Truck bomb Kills 70, wounds 170 in N. Iraq

A truck bombing at a Shiite mosque in Taza, Iraq, near the northern oil city of Kirkuk killed 70 and wounded 170 just after noon as they were leaving after `asr prayers.…

It Begins

AP reports that Iranian riot police have deployed tear gas and water cannons against protesters who were gathering for another big demonstration in Tehran. Aljazeera is reporting that a suicide bomber blew…

Live Blogging Khamenei’s Friday Sermon

A correspondent in Iran sent along these thoughts, written as Khamenei was speaking on Friday: “Rough notes…The event is like the old Red Square May Day parades. We look to see who…

Iran Election Fraud: Moaddel on Ballen and Doherty

Mansoor Moaddel, a valued colleague, is a sociologist and an important interpreter of the contemporary Middle East who has done a lot of work with polling and statistics, often finding counter-intuitive results.…

Wednesday sees Another Big Protest

Iran expert Ali Ansari says he expects the protests to continue, saying that Iran is in for a “long hot summer.” Me, I wouldn’t be surprised if the regime rolls tanks and…

The Most Elegant Scene: Mass Protest in Tehran

An eyewitness writes from Tehran an account of Monday’s massive demonstration for Mousavi. I am not including his name because we don’t know how this will turn out and as a historian…

Dueling Demonstrations in Tehran

Borzou Daragahi reports from Tehran that supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came out in the tens of thousands to chant “Death to America,” “Death to Israel,” and “Khamenei is our Leader.” This…

Reprint Father’s Day Gifts

Reprint Father’s Day Gifts

A reminder to my American readers that Sunday June 21 is Father’s Day. An immodest proposal for those of you yet to do your shopping in this regard: if your father is…

Struggle over Election Results Continues in Iran

AP has video of Monday’s enormous rally for Mousavi, which defied a government ban on demonstrations. The USG Open Source Center translates news about the Iranian election and its aftermath from the…

Provincial Election Returns

Nate Silver was provided with an English translation of the official report of provincial election results by Daniel Berman and other graduate students at the U of St. Andrews. I continue to…

Clashes, Claims of Election Fraud in Iran

UPdate: The rally went ahead anyway. See above. Mir-Hosein Mousavi, the reformist candidate who alleges that Friday’s presidential election was stolen from him, was forced to cancel a planned nation-wide protest on…

Post-Election Demonstrations, Violence, Arrests

Aljazeera.net is reporting that the streets in Iran’s capital, Tehran, were almost deserted Sunday morning. Since it is a weekday in Iran, there should have been heavy traffic, but many people appear…

Stealing the Iranian Election

Top Pieces of Evidence that the Iranian Presidential Election Was Stolen 1. It is claimed that Ahmadinejad won the city of Tabriz with 57%. His main opponent, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is an…

Iran Awaits Ballot Results; Obama Effect Expected

On Friday, Iranians and the rest of the globe are eagerly awaiting an outcome in the presidential elections. Iranians started voting Friday morning. Rallies and electioneering were not allowed on Thursday, the…

OSC: Bloggers ‘Brutal’ to Ahmadinejad on line.

The USG Open Source Center analyzes Iran’s political blogs and finds that the conservatives have redoubled their efforts on Ahmadinejad’s behalf. OSC Analysis: Iran — Conservative Bloggers Intensify Support of AhmadinezhadIran —…

Ahmadinejad Defends Himself on Iranian Television

The USG Open Source Center summarizes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s television appearance in which he defended his performance in the debates and reaffirmed the truth of the economic statistics he cited (which…

Massive Bomb Hits Pearl Continental in Peshawar

A terrorist group stormed the parking lot of the Pearl Continental Hotel, killing or wounding guards and arranging to move a bomb-laden mini-truck in close to the hotel. A suicide bomber then…

Tens of Thousands Rally for Mousavi in Tehran

The damnedest thing happened in Tehran on Monday. A massive rally estimated by Farnaz Fassihi of the WSJ at tens of thousands sprang up all along Vali Asr Street, the capital’s longest…

March 14 Faction Wins in Lebanon

President Obama’s hopes for progress on the Arab-Israeli peace process would have been sunk if Hezbollah had won the Lebanese elections. As it is, the March 14 Movement has won the Lebanese…

Cole at CNN’s GPS and at Democracy Now!

Video of my appearance Sunday on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria and a panel of other guests discussing President Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim world is embedded below. My colleagues include…

Cole on CNN’s GPS, Tavis Smiley

Check out Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on Sunday– I’m on a panel discussion Obama’s speech in Cairo. Also you can hear a podcast of my appearance on Tavis Smiley’s radio program at PRI…

OSC: Pakistani Editorialists Respond to Obama

The USG Open Source Center translates Pakistani editorials from the Urdu press reacting to President Obama’s address in Cairo to the Muslim world. Pakistan: Urdu Press Roundup on Address of US President…

OSC: Israeli Press on Obama’s Cairo Address

The USG Open Source Center translates key passages from the Israeli Hebrew press responding to President Obama’s Cairo address to the Muslim world. The Israeli far right accused him of Holocaust denial…

Reactions to Obama’s Speech

The USG Open Source Center translates reports about the reaction of the general public to Obama’s speech in Cairo. Al-Jazirah, Al-Arabiyah Highlight, Carry Reactions to Obama’s Cairo SpeechMiddle East — OSC SummaryThursday,…

Obama’s Speech in Cairo

The transcript of Obama’s speech in Cairo is here. In connection with Obama’s speech, Esquire presents an excerpt from my new book on the Muslim Brotherhood and the need to encourage it…

Syrian Newspapers on Obama’s Arab Tour (OSC)

The USG Open Source Center translates and analyzes Syrian Press reports on Obama’s visit to the Arab world Syrian Papers Discuss Obama’s Arab Tour, Statements; Urge US Pressure on IsraelSyria — OSC…

Obama in the Middle East

Obama in the Middle East

President Barack Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for consultations with Saudi King Abdullah. Reuters notes: “Saudi Arabia is among the United States’ top 15 trading partners, with two-way trade worth…

Majid: Dangerous Purities

Anouar Majid writes in a guest op-ed for Informed Comment: This year, a few scholars are commemorating the 400th anniversary of one of the darkest episodes in history, an event that should…

Saudi Op-Ed Welcomes Obama to the Middle East

The USG Open Source Center translates an op-ed by Abd-al-Malik Ahmad Al Al-Shaykh welcoming president Obama to Saudi Arabia: Excerpts: Saudi Writer Hopes Obamas Visit Will Serve as Takeoff Point Toward Global…