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August 24, 2008

Biden on Syria

Aggregated from: Syria Comment

Biden on Syria: Qifa Nabki rounded up Biden quotes on Syria and the region: “There are plenty of reasons to mistrust Assad, but there could be real benefits to hard-headed diplomacy. Syria is the common denominator of many problems - in Lebanon , the Palestinian territories, and to a lesser...

August 8, 2008

Barack Obama's Muslim Outreach Coordinator Resigns

Mazen Asbahi, the attorney who had volunteered as Barack Obama's outreach coordinator to Muslim and Arab-Americans, has resigned after accusations of ties to Jamal Said, an imam at a fundamentalist mosque in Illinois. Asbahi briefly sat on the board of Allied Assets Advisors Fund with Said in 2000. Bloggers from the Middle East react in this post from Jillian York.

Barack Obama’s Muslim problem: Outreach coordinator resigns after smear campaign

Aggregated from: yaman's amateur ramblings

Under intense and unreasonable scrutiny from the very beginning for a perceived “closeness” to Islam, the Barack Obama campaign has once again fallen prey to the work of right-wing anti-Muslim organizations in the United States. The campaign’s freshly-appointed Muslim-American out...

May 23, 2008

Africa: Florida is not Zimbabwe

read When the US presidential campaign began – sometime shortly following the 2000 election – candidates of all stripes promised a thorough debate on issues, both of national and international importance. Yet, for all the hot air generated by the three remaining contenders from the major U.S. political parties, the subject of Africa (and its people) has most often received short shrift. No longer, writes John Liebhardt, who explains how presidential hopefuls are bringing up Africa in their debates, and how Africans view the US elections on their blogs.

May 21, 2008

The U.S. to preview its relation with Syria, and new information revealed on Aljazeera

Aggregated from: Roads to Iraq

Although Saudi Arabia keeps the same aggressive attitude on the Lebanese crisis as told here on Al-Akhbar saying that Saudi Arabia advised its Lebanese allies who are negotiating Qatar to maneuver and gain time ‘till the Saudi [sick] mind thinks of an alternative plan, but I have a reason to t...

May 20, 2008

Update: Bush and Lebanon; Obama, Israel and Islam

Aggregated from: South Jerusalem

* As I mentioned earlier , the Bush administration’s obstruction of peace talks between Israel and Syria has helped Hezbollah and Iran push for control of Lebanon. My new piece on the subject is now up at the American Prospect : The time, according to Hilal Khashan, was ten m...

Watch Those Endorsements

Aggregated from: IraqPundit

We all know that the media have looked into who supports the various presidential candidates, examining what benefits accrue for politicians when they get surprising support. We know, for example, that Hamas would welcome an Obama presidency and that anti-Catholic Texas evangelist John Hagee has end...

May 16, 2008

A Burning Hat Issue

Aggregated from: My Right Word

Reports the NYT:- President Bush used a speech to the Israeli Parliament on Thursday to liken those who would negotiate with “terrorists and radicals” to appeasers of the Nazis — a remark widely interpreted as a rebuke to Senator Barack Obama, who has advocated greater engagement...

May 15, 2008

Obama: time to engage in diplomacy

Aggregated from: From Beirut to the Beltway

Guess what time it is? It’s time for Obama’s “diplomatic efforts” to come save the day. Hezbollah's power grab in Beirut has once more plunged that city into violence and chaos. This effort to undermine Lebanon's elected government needs to stop, and all those who ha...

About That ‘New’ Middle East…

Aggregated from: Rootless Cosmopolitan

Could there be a more perfect image of the catastrophic self-inflicted rout suffered by U.S. Middle East policy under President George W. Bush? This week, the President will party with Israel’s leaders celebrating their country’s 60th anniversary — and champion a phony peace pro...