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November 4, 2008


Aggregated from: Orientalista

I voted yesterday. The absentee ballot finally arrived two days ago. I did what I usually do during elections, since I have always been outside of my State. I googled the candidates to see their positions. This is especially helpful for the judges' races, which in Michigan are non-partisan. Just nam...

After Obama Victory, What to Expect in Middle East

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

Let’s assume for a second that Barack Obama wins tomorrow’s election.  I’m not going out on a limb with that one.  But what kind of policy can we expect from him regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  That kind of prognostication gets into tougher territory. But befo...

November 3, 2008

Views from the Middle East on the Eve of Election DayThis is a Video post

The interest in U.S. elections pouring out of the Middle East will come as no surprise to regular blog readers; this region, one of the fastest-growing in the blogosphere, is notable for its bloggers interest in foreign affairs. Today, we take a look at a Jordanian discussing the "Five ...

November 1, 2008

The October Surprises

October has come and gone .. and bloggers are still asking what the highly anticipated October surprise could have been. Here are a few scenarios from bloggers from around the world.

October 31, 2008

Gen. Petraeus Prevented From Visiting Syria

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

General David Petraeus told the White House that he wanted to visit Syria in order to speak with the Syrians about the problems with the Iraqi-Syrian border earlier this year. Petraeus wanted to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but was rebuffed by Bush administration officials at the White Hou...

October 29, 2008

Why the US attack on Syria was a big deal

Aggregated from: JOTMAN

The criteria for launching such attacks has shifted, as Robert Dreyfus of The Nation writes:A parallel new Bush doctrine is emerging, in the last days of the soon-to-be-ancien regime, and it needs to be strangled in its crib. Like the original Bush doctrine -- the one that Sarah Palin couldn't name,...

McCain's October Surprise: Syria?

Aggregated from: JOTMAN

This WaPo article also discusses the new policy shift marked by the attack on Syria. "By approving a U.S. military raid across the Iraqi border into Syria, Bush has changed the rules once again. Call it an October surprise -- if not, at least so far, the October surprise."That's more or less what I...

CSIS expert explains why US launched attack inside Syria

Aggregated from: JOTMAN

A Washington Post article explores the military rationale behind the attack inside Syria. It concludes with a provocative quotation from a US foreign policy expert.The military's argument is that "you can only claim sovereignty if you enforce it," said Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the ...

October 28, 2008

What is the measure of success here ??

Aggregated from: Egyptian chronicles

The American administration at last admitted that the American army launched an operation in Syria. It turned out that they launched this operation in order to get rid from an Iraqi so-called terrorist.It was successful according to the American army measures ; Mission was accomplished and the man ...

U.S. Special Forces Went into Syria on Sunday

Aggregated from: PoliGazette

Late Sunday night we reported that reports said that the United States had attacked a target within Syria that day. We were, as of yet, unsure about the goal of the operation, nor were we sure that the U.S. was willing to go public by defending the attack. One day later, however, it has become clear...