Wednesday, 26 September 2012

POVERTY: The Arab World Changes

Strained East-West Relations Dominate General Assembly Opening 
Lawrence Del Gigante 
Addressing the 67th General Assembly at the United Nations in New York Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama accused the Iranian government of propping up the dictatorship in Syria and supporting terrorist groups abroad. He charged that Tehran has failed to demonstrate the peaceful intentions of ... MORE > >

For Palestinian Workers, the Enemy Is the Hope 
Jillian Kestler-D'Amours 
Hassan Hader’s application for a permit to work in Israel has been rejected four times. Now waiting to hear back from the Israeli authorities on his latest attempt, the 52-year-old father of five said he has no choice but to keep applying. “I wasn’t even given a reason why my application was ... MORE > >

U.N. Chief Jabs Media for Overblown Coverage of Hate Crimes 
Thalif Deen 
When the United Nations commemorated International Day of Peace last week, the celebrations were marred by news of widespread rage in the Islamic world, a continued bloody civil war in Syria, suicide bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan and violent demonstrations in Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh ... MORE > >

Libyan Islamists Cornered, Not Quietened 
Mel Frykberg 
It could be premature to believe that the storming of Islamist militia bases by Benghazi citizens on Friday could spell the end for Libya’s Islamist militants. Just as it was premature to claim when moderate Libyan political parties took the majority of votes during the July elections that Libya ... MORE > >

Assad and Opposition Both Losing 
Zak Brophy 
Two floors have been ripped from the top of an apartment block in Aleppo in northern Syria. A lone man stands amidst the rubble four stories up after a missile from one of his own government’s fighter jets smashed into the building that morning. With his arms crossed, the solitary figure surveys ...MORE > >

Water for Phosphate, Not People 
Ihsan Bouabid 
Gafsa region in the south of Tunisia was once an oasis; today the phosphate industry has plunged it into a water crisis. “This summer for the first time we had water cuts on a daily basis,” says Lakhdar Souid, coordinator of the Blue Plan for a Green Tunisia. “Gafsa (343 km south of capital Tunis) ... MORE > >

New Generation of Arab Leaders to Address World Body 
Thalif Deen 
When world leaders heading politically shaky authoritarian regimes lead their country’s delegations on overseas visits or attend international conferences, including the annual U.N. General Assembly sessions in September, there is always a lingering fear of either an insurrection or an attempted ... MORE > >

Growing Public Discontent with Turkish Syria Policy 
Jacques Couvas 
Public approval of the Turkish government’s foreign policy has reached its lowest point - a mere 18 percent - in the past decade, according to a poll released here this week that showed only 18 percent of respondents said they favoured Ankara’s handling of the escalating sectarian violence in ... MORE > >

Saving Libya From its Saviours 
Rebecca Murray 
The dark rain clouds and circling military helicopter accentuated the mood of the small, sombre crowd gathered in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square to commemorate Libya’s dead heroes. The quiet assembly was in stark contrast to the euphoric Feb. 17 rally on the same spot marking the one-year anniversary ... MORE > >

OP-ED: Arab Democracies and the West 
Emile Nakhleh 
Anti-Western protests across the Arab Islamic world denouncing the anti-Islam video, reportedly produced in the United States, is a serious test for the new democratic governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere. It is time for the new Arab democracies to explain to their peoples ... MORE > >

Egyptian Christians in Uneasy Safety 
Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani 
Many of Egypt's Coptic Christians met the recent assumption of the presidency by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi with trepidation, even panic – some even made plans to leave the country. Almost three month's into Morsi's term, these fears, say some experts, appear largely ...MORE > >

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