Middle East

Stopping Extremist Settlers

Stopping Extremist Settlers

Opinion

August 16, 2012

Late this past June, a group of Israeli settlers in the West Bank defaced and burned a mosque in the small West Bank village of Jabaa. Graffiti sprayed by the vandals warned of a “war” over the planned evacuation, ordered by the Israeli Supreme Court, of a handful of houses illegally built on private Palestinian land near the settlement of Beit El. The torching of the mosque was part of a wider trend of routine violence committed by radical settlers against innocent Palestinians, Israeli security personnel, and even mainstream settler leaders — all aimed at intimidating perceived enemies of the settlement project.

U.N. Syria mission to end, Russia calls meeting of key powers

U.N. Syria mission to end, Russia calls meeting of key powers

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS

Thu Aug 16, 201

(Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will not renew the mandate of a U.N. observer mission in Syria, which is due to expire in the coming days, and will begin its withdrawal from the country, French U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud said on Thursday.

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

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'…

Egypt's president has powers that rival Mubarak's

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.

An Act of Self-Preservation: Why Iran Wants the Bomb

An Act of Self-Preservation: Why Iran Wants the Bomb

The Diplomat

14 August 2012

The real roots of Iran’s nuclear program lie not in physics - but in Iran's own sense of history.

Exactly ten years ago today the Iranian opposition group, Mujahideen al-Khalq (MeK), revealed the full details of a uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water plant at Arak in Iran. Since then Iran and the international community- since 2006, the P5+1 (the U.S., Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany) -have been locked in a diplomatic battle that has ground to a stalemate.

Israel Plans Iran Strike; Citizens Say Government Serious

Israel Plans Iran Strike; Citizens Say Government Serious

Bloomberg

15 August 2012

Dozens of Israelis crowded in front of a storefront at a Jerusalem shopping mall yesterday to pick up new gas masks, part of civil defense preparations in case the military strikes Iran and the Islamic Republic or its allies retaliate.“Our leaders seem to have gotten very hawkish in their speeches and this time it seems they mean what they say,” said Yoram Lands, 68, a professor of business administration, who was picking up new masks for himself and his wife at a distribution center in the mall.

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