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Torrent of Syrian Refugees Strains Aid Effort and Region


24 August 2012

International relief agencies reported an alarming increase in Syrian refugees on Friday, shattering calculations made by the United Nations and spreading fears that the violence in Syria is creating a broader humanitarian crisis that could further destabilize the Middle East.

Economy, Greece, Politics

Fire on eastern Greek island of Chios ravages unique export industry in crisis-struck country

Washington Post

24 August 2012

CHIOS, Greece — In response to Greece’s financial crisis, villagers on the eastern island of Chios carried on with what their ancestors had been profitably doing for centuries: patiently carving lines on mastic trees.

Tweak to U.S. bill on Iran sanctions opens door to damages

Basil Katz, Reuters

24 August 2012

(Reuters) - One way to win a court case is to get the United States Congress to change the rules of the game midstream.

A little-noticed provision tucked into the latest Iran sanctions bill may have done just that for American victims of a 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut.

U.S. Fears for Safety of Syrian Chemical Weapons Stockpiles

August 23

The United States is concerned with the issue of safety of chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria and views it as one of the areas of importance in dealing with the conflict-hit country, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.

Iran expands nuclear capacity underground: sources

Aug 23, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran has installed many more uranium enrichment machines in an underground bunker, diplomatic sources said on Thursday, potentially paving the way for a significant expansion of work the West fears is ultimately aimed at making nuclear bombs.

Top ten things that would-be foreign policy wonks should study

Stephen M. Walt

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It's August, which means that students in America (and plenty of other places) are heading off to college for the first time. Some of them are undoubtedly thinking about preparing for careers in international affairs. As a public service to those eager future Secretaries of State (and the parents worrying about their college choices) here's my Top Ten Things that Future International Policy Wonks Should Learn.

Mali's War: The Wages of Sin

By Conn Hallinan,

August 23, 2012

The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: a young couple stoned to death, iconic ancient shrines dismantled, and some 365,000 refugees fleeing beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law. But the bad dream unfolding in this West African country is less the product of a radical version of Islam than a consequence of the West’s scramble for resources on this vast continent, and the wages of sin from the recent Libyan war.

Syrian Crisis Brings a Blessing for Kurds

By Karlos Zurutuza

GIRKE LEGE, Syria, Aug 24 2012 (IPS) - The smuggler wants 200 dollars but Jewan negotiates him down to 100. That’s still a lot for this 26-year-old Syrian Kurd, but he can hardly wait to cross the border to Syria from Iraq. It’s been three years since he last saw his family.

‘Global balance of power takes shape in Syria’

Russia Today

23 August 2012

The Syrian crisis is comparable to the Suez Crisis when a US-USSR standoff marked the demise of the old world, Syria's Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Qadri Jamil told RT. Today, Russia and China usher a unipolar world to an end.

Africa, Politics

Viewpoint: Will South Africans' anger boil over?


William Gumede, BBC News

23 August 2012

The massacre last week at the Lonmin-owned platinum mine in South Africa's North West province, which left 34 miners dead and 75 injured when police opened fire on striking workers, shows a colossal lack of leadership at almost all levels - the government, trade unions, business and the police.

Kurds in the New Middle East

Aliza Marcus
August 22, 2012

The breakdown of authority in Syria and creation of a Kurdish enclave there has unexpectedly pushed Kurds to the forefront of regional politics—and almost nobody’s happy.

Is NATO taking over the Arctic?

Marten Lindberg

22 August 2012

Five of the eight Arctic Council states are NATO members. So far, 2012 has also been a year where Swedes and Fins have moved closer toward full membership of alliance. If Sweden and Finland were to join, which seems plausible, NATO members would occupy 7 out of the total 8 seats in the Arctic Council.

Hezbollah: Lying Low and Winning

by Somdeep Sen and Salem B.S. Dandan

August 22, 2012

As Syria implodes and Iran stands cornered, the ‘Crescent of Resistance’ that also includes Hamas and Hezbollah seems to many of its detractors to be on its last legs. While Hamas still has ‘leverage’ because the Palestinian issue is perennially imbedded in the Muslim and Arab consciousness, Hezbollah’s credibility as resistance organization seems to be truly under threat.

The new biological countermeasures program: Will it work?

By Leonard A. Cole |

22 August 2012

Article Highlights

The Department of Health and Human Services has established three new Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing to develop medical countermeasures to bioterrorism, natural pandemics, and other health threats.

Obama Says Chemical Weapons Use By Syria ‘Red Line’ For U.S.

Margaret Talev and Nayla Razzouk, Bloomberg,

21 August 2012

President Barack Obama said any discovery that Syria’s chemicals or biological weapons are being moved or used may force him to reconsider U.S. military action.

Afghan rockets hit US general's plane

Al Jazeera

21 August 2012

Rocket fire that struck a US base in Afghanistan on Monday night has damaged the aircraft of the top-ranking US military officer and injured two members of the maintenance crew.

Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, was not near the aircraft at the time of the attack and no one was injured, Jamie Graybeal, NATO spokesman, said.

Colonel Dave Lapan, Dempsey's spokesman, said on Tuesday that two rockets struck Bagram airbase, outside the capital Kabul, and one damaged Dempsey's C-17, a large transport aircraft.

Shrapnel from the rocket struck the door of the C-17 and left two crew members with minor injuries.
From the perspective of one neighbourhood in Herat

Russia, China warn West not to intervene in Syria, following U.S. threat


21 August 2012

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Tuesday against any unilateral action on Syria after President Barack Obama saidU.S. forces could act if the Syrian leader deployed chemical weapons against rebels trying to topple him.

Syrian outcome will affect future conflicts' settlements – Lavrov

RT, 21 August 2012

The outcome of the Syrian crisis will have a significant impact on how future conflicts are settled, the Russian foreign minister told reporters, once again calling for a diplomatic solution and dialogue within Syria.

The Mideast's Vanishing Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

August 21, 2012

Times are tough for Christian communities across the Middle East.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was putting it lightly when she said that Coptic Christians “are deeply anxious about what the future holds for them and their country.” And her words captured the plight not just of Copts in Egypt but also of panic-stricken Christians across the Muslim-majority Middle East.

NYPD secret police spying on Muslims led to no terrorism leads or cases

Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo

Tuesday 21 August 2012

In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloging mosques, the New York police department's secret demographics unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.