Pressuring Israel through the framework agreement is just what a weakened Obama needs to regain the adulation of his supporters
Archives for December 2013
(AFP reports) also at the Jordan Times Iraq forces arrest Sunni MP, kill brother and guards (via AFP) Iraqi security forces on Saturday raided the home of a Sunni MP who backs anti-government protesters, arresting him and sparking clashes that killed his brother and five guards, police said. The raid threatens to inflame widespread discontent […]
JibJab’s 2013 Year in Review (To the tune of “Give my Regards to Broadway!”)
The BBC reports: “Mayam Mahmoud is Egypt’s first rapper who wears a hijab. The 18-year-old recently made it to the semi-finals of the talent show Arab’s Got Talent and spoke to the BBC about why she feels it is important to express herself in this way.
(By Human Rights Watch) (New York) – The Egyptian government’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be aimed at expanding the crackdown on peaceful Brotherhood activities and imposing harsh sanctions on its supporters. The government should promptly reverse the decision and stop interfering with the Brotherhood’s health, education, and other […]
(By Juan Cole) David D. Kirkpatrick at the New York Times has settled the controversy over events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, by actually going to Benghazi and digging into the story. Admittedly, it was a somewhat dangerous assignment, but Kirkpatrick risked it. The take-away of this careful investigation, depending on a range of […]
(AFP reports) Teen in Beirut bombing ‘selfie’ dies (via AFP) A Lebanese teenager seen posing for a group “selfie” in front of a bomb-laden car moments before it exploded in the capital Beirut died of his injuries on Saturday. “The number of victims from the attack rose to seven after the death of young Mohammad… […]
Saturday Night Live commercial parody with Jay Pharoah on the anti-depressant Obama needs after the year he had in 2013.
(By Tina Casey) US EPA Nails Fracker With Record Fine (via Clean Technica) The woes just keep piling up for Chesapeake Energy. The company is front and center in the nation’s natural gas fracking boom and it just got hit with one of the largest ever civil penalties for violating Section 404 of the Clean […]