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January 19, 2009

Inagural Prayer Speaker Allegedly Linked to Hamas. But There’s a Twist

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Oh boy.  Just what Obama needs two days from the inaguration.  A Muslim who is speaking at the prayer service on Wednesday is the leader of a group that some federal prosecutors say has ties to Hamas: Neither Mattson nor her organization have been charged. But prosecutors wrote in July that th...

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...

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...

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...

Palestine: Cynthia McKinney Lived to Tell the Story

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

The Free Gaza Movement posts this article by American Green Party nominee for the US Presidential elections Cynthia McKinney, who is in Lebanon, after the boat she was in along with supporters and aid to Gaza was rammed by Israeli ships. ...

Obama “deeply concerned” about Gaza

Aggregated from: England for Obama

Barack Obama has broken his silence about the situation in Gaza - it seems as a result of the latest Israeli attack, which killed 40 at a United Nations school. From “President-elect Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” about civilian casualties in Gaza and Israel...

Open letter to Obama

Aggregated from: Lebanese Chess

If you're a teacher, please sign this Open letter to Obama to oppose Israel's war on Gaza. ...

January 8, 2009

You’ve Just Been Appointed U.S. Middle East Envoy…Now What?

Aggregated from: Mideast Youth - Thinking Ahead » USA

With the bloody fighting in Gaza, emotions are running high in the region, and around the world. The ghastly images we see on the news evoke a wide range of emotions: sympathy, empathy, regret, guilt, remorse, and yes, anger. All this is understandable. And yet we sense that strong passions and unbr...

December 31, 2008

Gaza Attack: Where is Barack Obama?

As Israel's military excursion into Gaza continues, more than a few bloggers wonder if US-president-elect Barack Obama can help put an end to fighting. However, no one has seen or heard much from the future president, leading many to wonder: Where in the world is Barack Obama?

November 26, 2008

Clinton State Department: Arab-Americans Need Not Apply

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

I wish I could remember where I first read this critique of State Department personnel decisions regarding the Middle East.  In past administrations, you could find many Jews dealing with Israeli-Arab affairs: Aaron David Miller, Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, Richard Haas, Dan Kurtzer, Sam Lewis, et...