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Why Hezbollah fights on in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:30pm 8/20/2013 at 6:30pm

It took a while but a few weeks ago the European Union designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” to be a terrorist organization. There is some speculation as to why the EU took the action, but it seems likely that Hezbollah’s support of Assad was a major factor.

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It’s time for a free and independent Kurdistan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 11:00am 8/11/2013 at 11:00am

Why not?

The Kurds out number Palestinians several times over, and unlike Palestinians, have a real ethnic and cultural distinction from surrounding Arabs (and in Turkey, Turks). But for Europeans drawing lines on maps and Turkish national ambitions, there should h...

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Rouhani Roulette

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00am 8/5/2013 at 10:00am

The official translation was wrong

On Friday, the soon to be inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was reported to have made some very un-moderate comments about Israel. But then it turned out that the comments were not as bad as advertised.

Here are some tweets from Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran Bureau Chief...

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Will Hamas suck up to Iran to save itself?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm 8/1/2013 at 12:30pm

Troubles for Hamas in Gaza

In The New Republic, Ehud Yaari explains some of the reasons Hamas is in trouble. Its Muslim Brotherhood patrons in Egypt fell from power after it alienated Iran for stopping its support of Bashar Assad. These changes have precipitated a leadership split in Hamas.

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The Great Shi’ite Hope

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:30pm 7/29/2013 at 12:30pm

Getting to sort of know you

The New York Times published a rousing tribute to incoming Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West. The profile starts with an anecdote:

Bogged down in faltering nuclear talks with the European powers nearly 10 years ago, Hassan Rouhani did something that no...

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Iran Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 22, 2013 at 5:00pm 7/22/2013 at 5:00pm

1) The Executioners Demand Justice

Perhaps one of the oddest stories appearing yesterday was Iran’s Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon.

According to the semi-official Iranian website Press TV:

“The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once aga...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “Moderation” by Association

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:45am 6/20/2013 at 8:45am

1) Asserting Moderation

Having read many articles about Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, I’m struck by how little evidence is presented that he is a moderate or reformer, even though those words are regularly used to describe him. He’s described as a reformer because he’s supported by previous presidents Khatami and Rafsanjani...

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Is Hassan Rouhani Really a Reformer?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 8:17pm 6/16/2013 at 8:17pm

Long Live Rouhani the Reformer

To read the New York Times, the election of Hassan Rowhani was a victory for the people of Iran. Thomas Erdbrink reported in Iran Moderate Wins Presidency by a Large Margin:

The cleric, Hassan Rowhani, 64, won a commanding 50.7 percent of the vote in the six-way race,...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/04/2013 – Songs in the Keys of Right

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4:24pm 6/4/2013 at 4:24pm

1) Music lives in Israel

Arsen Ostrovsky interviewed Zubin Mehta
about performing Israel:

According to Mehta, “it’s hard to find an emblem of cultural, national pride that burns as bright as Israel’s success in classical music.” He adds “the amount of culture going on in a small country like Israel...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/05/2013 – Reaction to Israel bombing Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 10:30am 5/5/2013 at 10:30am

Syria Explodes

Professor Jacobson has previously reported on two Israeli strikes: one against Hezbollah and one against Syria.

What’s going on?

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Israel bombs Syria — what we know and don’t know

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 8:41am 5/5/2013 at 8:41am

For the details at the start of the bombing, take a look at last night’s post, Reports – large explosions in Damascus (Update – Syria blames Israel), which has embedded videos and Twitter accounts.  The Twitter feed now is at the bottom of this post.

This morning various news reports confirm that...

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Iran sets its own “red line” on chemical weapons use in Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 8:45am 4/30/2013 at 8:45am

Iran is declaring a red line in Syria on the use of chemical weapons … by insurgents.

I think this is more believable than Obama’s red line on use by the government.

Iran already is deeply involved in backing Assad, but needs an excuse to perpetrate a full-blown intervention.  That excuse might be...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/25/2013 – Al Qaeda and Iran?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:15pm 4/25/2013 at 12:15pm

1) Shia is Shia and Sunni is Sunni and never the twain shall meet

A couple of Al Qaeda terrorists were arrested in Canada. So of course, expect the LA Times to start its account with this:

Police in Canada said Monday that two men suspected of plotting to derail a passenger train...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/22/2013 – The Syrian red line and Israeli innovation

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 22, 2013 at 9:45am 4/22/2013 at 9:45am

1) The red line?

Back in December, NBC News reported that Syria had loaded chemical weapons onto planes and was prepared to use them against civilians.

Late last week the...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/18/2013 – A broken crescent

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 8:30am 4/18/2013 at 8:30am

1)  Syria and contiguity

Jacques Neria writes in Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War:

While Assad has survived so far, he has not been able to quell the rebellion, the economy is in shambles, and so are most of the areas hit by the civil war. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are either...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 04/08/2013 – Diplomacy is more than words

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10:24am 4/8/2013 at 10:24am

1) The language of concessions

The Washington Post reports Kerry presses Israel and Palestinians for concessions to pave way for peace talks:

Kerry first visited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has resisted new talks for most of the past four years. His government had sought to file a complaint against Israel with the...

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EU Foreign Policy Chief says nuke talks with Iran have failed

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:28am 4/6/2013 at 10:28am

Via BBC:

Talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear programme have ended without agreement, with the EU saying their positions “remain far apart”.

Over two days of talks in Almaty, Iran was asked to give up work on its most sensitive nuclear activities in return for an easing of sanctions.

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