Tag: Hezbollah

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

Rami Khouri: Arabs Engage!

[ 0 ] May 15, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for THE CAIRO REVIEW OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS on MAY 14, 2014:  In 2011, the Arab world was in the early months of popular revolutions, uprisings, and various kinds of enhanced citizen activism that had clearly ushered in a historic era of national transformation across the region. There were no obvious indications then […]

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Pres. Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Foreign Policy Highlights

Pres. Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Foreign Policy Highlights

[ 0 ] January 29, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JANUARY 29, 2014: In this year’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama spoke about US military interventions in and withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan;  a pending security agreement with Afghanistan; al Qaeda and extremist threats in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Mali;  American diplomacy; America’s […]

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Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 23, 2014:  His army is stronger, his allies are more committed and regime’s capacity for brutality has kept it in charge. As representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and some of its opponents sit down Wednesday for their first direct negotiations since the Syrian rebellion began nearly three years […]

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Elias Muhanna: A Levantine Dystopia (Qifa Nabki)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2014 |

by ELIAS MUHANNA for QIFA NABKI on JANUARY 3, 2014:  Yesterday (Jan. 2) , following the suicide bombing in Haret Hreik, Hizbullah’s deputy secretary-general Naim Qassem warned that Lebanon was on “the road to ruin”. Such statements have become just as routine as the security incidents that prompt them. Political figures and newspaper columnists tell us daily that […]

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Dan Murphy: Obama’s Syria Policy is Pretty Much Dead, and There are Few Good Options

Dan Murphy: Obama’s Syria Policy is Pretty Much Dead, and There are Few Good Options

[ 0 ] December 13, 2013 |

by DAN MURPHY for CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BACKCHANNELS BLOG on DECEMBER 12, 2013:  President Barack Obama’s Syria policy, such as it’s been, is now dead. That it was on life support has been clear for a long time. But with the routing of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) from its headquarters recently by Islamist rebel fighters, the plug should […]

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Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero: Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

[ 0 ] November 6, 2013 |

by DANIEL WAGNER and GIORGIO CAFIERO for **THE HUFFINGTON POST on OCTOBER 30, 2013:  Saudi Arabia’s declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening. While a full-fledged “divorce” from the U.S. appears highly unlikely at this juncture, […]

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Martin Indyk on the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Martin Indyk on the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

[ 0 ] October 10, 2013 |

by MARTIN INDYK via U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (WEBSITE) on SEPTEMBER 30, 2013:  Martin Indyk is the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, U.S. Department of State. This is the transcript of his remarks to the J Street Gala in Washington, DC.  Thank you very much Jeremy. Ladies and gentlemen, it is a real pleasure to be with […]

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Stephen J Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter, Roland Schatz: Arabic Media’s View of President Obama

[ 0 ] September 19, 2013 |

by STEPHEN J. FARNSWORTH, S. ROBERT LICHTER and ROLAND SCHATZ for POLITICO on SEPTEMBER 15, 2013:  As President Barack Obama tries to stop the bleeding in Syria, contain the terrorist threats from Al Qaeda in Yemen and restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, he has an unlikely ally: the leading Arabic broadcasters, which provide surprisingly positive coverage […]

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WATCH: Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad on His Response to Threat of War from the U.S.

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |

via PBS on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013:  Charlie Rose was granted exclusive access to interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the alleged use of chemical weapons and his response to threat of war from the United States. WATCH HERE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT HERE (via Google docs)  

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Jack Goldsmith: The Administration’s Proposed Syria AUMF Is Very Broad

Jack Goldsmith: The Administration’s Proposed Syria AUMF Is Very Broad

[ 0 ] September 5, 2013 |

by JACK GOLDSMITH for LAWFARE (BLOG) on SEPTEMBER 1, 2013:  The administration’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for Syria provides: (a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons […]

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