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Warning on missing

Cyprus Weekly

15 August 2012

NICOSIA - Executive Secretary of the Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons Nicos Theodosiou has warned that if Turkey does not cooperate with the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) then half of the missing persons in Cyprus will remain missing.

Morphou protests

Cyprus Weekly

15 August 2012

NICOSIA - The municipality of the occupied town of Morphou, organisations and associations of the district will hold a series of events Thursday to mark the 38th anniversary of the occupation of Morphou and the broader district by the advancing Turkish troops, on August 16, 1974.
A delegation led by the Mayor of the occupied town will hand over a protest resolution to the Ambassadors of the five UN Security Council permanent members and the Representation of the European Commission.

Egypt's president has powers that rival Mubarak's

Hamza Hendawi

USA Today

15 August 2012

CAIRO – Egypt's Islamist president has given himself the right to legislate and control over the drafting of a new constitution. He has installed at the top of the powerful military a defense minister likely to be beholden to him.

Europe, Politics

Why Germans love the enigmatic Angela Merkel

Jochen Hung

The Guardian

15 August 2012

She is "Europe's most dangerous leader", the "Iron Frau" who is "dragging us towards the abyss". Angela Merkel's handling of the euro crisis, it is safe to say, has not been met with approval on the world stage.

Creative Chaos: 'Outlaws, smugglers US proxies in looting of Syria'‏

The world's biggest global body outside the UN - Organization of Islamic Cooperation - is suspending Syria's membership. Iran's the only member of the bloc to have openly spoken out 'against'…

Exclusive: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt

By Mariam Karouny


Tue Aug 14, 2012

(Reuters) - Veteran fighters of last year's civil war in Libya have come to the front-line in Syria, helping to train and organize rebels under conditions far more dire than those in the battle against Muammar Gaddafi, a Libyan-Irish fighter has told Reuters.

Iran government criticized over earthquake response

By Yeganeh Torbati


Tue Aug 14, 2012

(Reuters) - Iran's government faced criticism on Monday over its response to two earthquakes that killed 306 people, with complaints of a lack of tents and about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to go ahead with an overseas trip.

Former Syrian PM: Assad controls only 30% of the country

By Reuters

Aug.14, 2012 |

Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab said on Tuesday President Bashar Assad's government is falling apart and only controls 30 percent of the country, in his first public appearance since defecting to the opposition.

Extreme Violence and Terrorism in Mexico

by Howard Campbell and Tobin Hansen

August 14, 2012

Extreme Violence and Terrorism in Mexico:

A Dialogue between Howard Campbell and Tobin Hansen

Editor’s note: This dialogue between anthropologists Howard Campbell, author of “Drug War Zone Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juárez” and Tobin Hansen explores the relationship between violence, politics, and terrorism in Mexico’s narco-conflict. The dialogue (in form of an interview) took place 11 August 2012 in El Paso, Texas. It addresses the question: Is narco-violence terrorism? JPS/El Centro

The Libyan Crisis and West African Sahel: Emerging Security Issues




August 14, 2012

The Arab Spring has posed varied challenges to countries in the North African region. While Egypt and Tunisia have transitioned to their first democratically elected governments following decades of autocratic rule, Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria have witnessed protests that have not translated into as dramatic changes for their government structures.

The Battle for Aleppo

Robert G. Rabil

August 14, 2012

Notwithstanding the destruction and staggering loss of life as the raging battle for Syria's commercial capital of Aleppo continues, the battle for both the regime and the opposition has taken on a multidimensional strategic aspect. The battle for Aleppo confirms that the first phase of the Syrian civil war has ended, and the battle for consolidating sectarian cantonization has begun. And it has initiated a process with far-reaching implications for Syria and the region.

China’s Growing Jihadist Problem

By O. Hamid

August 14, 2012

On August 2 2012, security forces arrested 20 individuals from various cities in Xinjiang on charges of terrorism and secessionist activities. The regional government is attempting to take pre-emptive measures against Uyghur groups in the province to ensure that no major terrorist incident occurs before the leadership transition in Beijing in October 2012. While the ability of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) to conduct a major attack in China remains limited, jihadist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan are increasingly likely to view Chinese assets and personnel as legitimate targets.

The World from Berlin 'Egypt's Moment of Truth Has Arrived'

Der Spiegel

14 August 2012

President Mohammed Morsi has made the bold and surprising move to disempower the Egyptian military, but many questions still remain about the country's democratic future. German commentators on Tuesday praise his political finesse but worry Morsi may be paving the way for an Islamist state.

Turkey and the Euro CrisisEU Membership Losing Its Appeal

Der Spiegel

14 August 2012

Amid the euro crisis drama, Turkey has seen economic growth as its European neighbors have suffered. As a result, the country has a newfound confidence that makes EU membership seem less important. But the waning aspiration could stall important democratic reforms.

Egypt Lifts a Junior Corps Impatient Over Military Failure

New York Times

14 August 2012

CAIRO — In his purge of Egypt’s top generals, President Mohamed Morsi leaned on the support of a junior officer corps that blamed the old guard for a litany of problems within the military and for involving the armed forces too deeply in the country’s politics after the uprising that ousted Mr. Morsi’s predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Economy, Europe, Greece, Politics

Greece Completes Largest Debt Sale in Two Years

Wall Street Journal

14 August 2012

Greece completed its largest debt sale in two years Tuesday, ensuring that it will have the money to repay bonds held by the European Central Bank next week.

The Greek Public Debt Management Agency said it sold €4.063 billion ($5.01 billion) of 13-week treasury bills at an auction, which included a 30% noncompetitive tranche. The uniform yield was 4.43%.

Jordan squeezed as Syrian conflict rages next door

Washington Post

14 August 2012

MAFRAQ, Jordan — Hundreds of Syrian refugees slip across the border near here each night with little more than harrowing tales and occasionally grave wounds. For this landlocked and resource-poor kingdom, the newcomers are fueling new economic burdens and worries that the war next door might spread beyond its own frontiers.

Thirty eight years on, Famagusta remains Turkey’s hostage

Famagusta Gazette

14 August 2012

Cyprus marks on Tuesday the 38th anniversary since Turkey’s second offensive against the island in the summer of 1974, which resulted in the occupation of the Republic’s northern third, including the city of Famagusta.

The Israeli Crisis

By George Friedman
August 14, 2012 |

Crises are normally short, sharp and intense affairs. Israel's predicament has developed on a different time frame, is more diffuse than most crises and has not reached a decisive and intense moment. But it is still a crisis. It is not a crisis solely about Iran, although the Israeli government focuses on that issue. Rather, it is over Israel's strategic reality since 1978, when it signed the Camp David accords with Egypt.
Perhaps the deepest aspect of the crisis is that Israel has no internal consensus on whether it is in fact a crisis, or if so, what the crisis is about. The Israeli government speaks of an existential threat from Iranian nuclear weapons. I would argue that the existential threat is broader and deeper, part of it very new, and part of it embedded in the founding of Israel.

Islamic leaders gather to discuss Syrian conflict

Deutsche Welle, 14 August 2012

Foreign ministers from the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation convene in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. They are expected to suspend Syria’s membership due to the crackdown on a 17-month-old rebellion.