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Military-Ruled Egypt Opposes US Strike on Syria

The newly assertive Egyptian military and the civilian transitional government in Egypt are helping make President Obama’s life difficult. Likely it was Egypt that blocked the Arab League from calling for intervention…

NSA Spying Abroad isn’t OK Either (Kurzman)

NSA Spying Abroad isn’t OK Either (Kurzman)

Charles Kurzman writes at ISLAMiCommentary: Caption for graphic: NSAW SID Intelligence Oversight (IO) Quarterly Report – First Quarter Calendar Year 2012 (1 January – 31 March 2012) – Executive Summary, May 3,…

The Kosovo Fallacy and Syria (Axworthy-Cole Debate)

The Kosovo Fallacy and Syria (Axworthy-Cole Debate)

I was on the CBC’s excellent The Current to discuss former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy’s proposal that Western action in Syria should resemble the Kosovo campaign of the 1990s. I disagreed,…

NSA abuses include Stalking ex-Girlfriends

We have HUMINT, or human intelligence gathered from agents. We have SIGINT or signals intelligence. And now we have LOVEINT or NSA analysts occasionally reading the emails of ex-lovers. It doesn’t happen…

Must US Aid to Egypt be Cut Off? (Wang & Meyer)

Marian Wang and Theodoric Meyer write at ProPublica Questions about the United States’ aid to Egypt have intensified in the wake of last month’s military coup. More than 1,000 Egyptians have been…

Egypt’s Waco

Egypt’s Waco

Within Egypt, and in many other Arab countries, the shocking killings of Black Wednesday have elicited horror in many quarters, but have actually been supported in many others. I am in the…

Cairo Burning (Aerial Video)

Cairo Burning (Aerial Video)

Aerial video of Cairo in the wake of the military atrocity against the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins shows Cairo aflame. ITN compares it to the 1973 war, but it reminds me of 1952,…

Red Baraat makes NYC Music with a Punjabi Beat (Video)

Red Baraat makes NYC Music with a Punjabi Beat (Video)

Blurb: “New York City’s multicultural population is fertile ground for fusions in art and music. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver reports on Red Baraat, an eight-member band from Brooklyn blending Northern Indian bhangra –…