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January 14, 2009

American Middle East Policy In A Nutshell

Aggregated from: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying

Isreali Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is bragging about how he ordered United States President George W. Bush to abstain from the UN Security Council resolution calling for a cease fire in Gaza. He is also bragging about how he shamed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: US Secretary of State Condolee...

Obama to start closing Guantanamo in his first week

Aggregated from: England for Obama

It will take some time to close, but this is a great start: “Advisers to President-elect Barack Obama say one of his first duties in office will be to order the closing of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. That executive order is expected during Obama’s first week on the job - ...

January 13, 2009

Obama’s ‘New Approach’ to Iran

Aggregated from: Tikun Olam-תקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place

ABC This Week featured one of Barack Obama’s first major news interviews in weeks.  He covered some new ground on Iran and gave some disappointing answers on issues like Gaza.  For some reason, Obama feels empowered to strike out on his own in announcing a decisive break from Bush policy...

Blame Fly to Canada!

Aggregated from: England for Obama

That’s right - Barack Obama’s first foreign trip as President won’t be to Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Israel - but to… Canada! Well, the place has gone downhill ever since Kids In The Hall ended. But wait! What’s this? There’s a good reason for it? “[His trip w...

Georgia: U.S. Strategic Partnership Charter

Aggregated from: Global Voices Online » U.S.A.

Dateline Tbilisi reports that the outgoing Bush administration in Washington has signed a strategic partnership charter with Georgia which supports its territorial integrity and aspirations towards NATO membership. Although non-binding, the blog notes that the charter reportedly marks a shift toward...

Congressman Eliot Engel: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bombing Of Children

Aggregated from: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying

Shihab Rattansi of Al Jazeera tries to make some sense of the nonsense coming out of the mouth of Democratic Congressman from New York, Eliot Engel. This week, the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution supporting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Not to be outdone, the US Sen...

Why is N.Y. Times Reporting Now Bush Stopped Israeli Attack on Iran?

Aggregated from: Tikun Olam-תקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place

David Sanger published a major piece on how the U.S. related to Israel in its dealings with Iran’s nuclear program.  Though the reporter heralds it as a major piece of investigative journalism that spanned 15 months of reporting, much of the information has already been reported elsewhere (...

Iran Get Bomb Parts from U.S.

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

MSNBC reports that Iran has become quite adept at using fake and existing foreign companies to buy technology it is not allowed to possess. Iran has illegally bought technology it uses for roadside bombs, which it then gives (or sells) to terrorists in Iraq, according to both independent experts and...

U.S Navy to Lead Fight Against Somali Pirates

Aggregated from: AfricanLoft » USA

A U.S. Navy commander will lead a new international force to battle pirates off the coast of Somalia, officials said Thursday, according reports from Associated Press. More than 20 nations are expected to take part in the mission once it is fully under way later this month. The announcement Thursday...

Kenyan choir to perform at Obama's inauguration

Aggregated from: Global Voices Online » U.S.A.

Kenyanpoet reports that a Kenyan choir will perform during the inauguration of the US president elect Barack Obama on January 20, and that “they have prepared a special repertoire of African choral music to remind Mr Obama of his African roots”. ...