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HuffPost Arabi: Arabic version of site promises to give a voice to bloggers in the Middle East. A new Arabic language edition of the Huffington Post will give a voice to bloggers from across the region - including those who might succumb to the message of Isis - the platform's founder Arianna Huffington promised. Launched on Tuesday, HuffPost Arabi is the 14th international edition of the blogging platform, which has close to 100m global monthly unique visitors. HuffPost Arabi is a joint venture between Ms Huffington, who founded the Post in 2005 and Wadah Khanfar, a former director-general of the Al Jazeera television news network. Ms Huffington said the Arab-language platform would be open to “anyone with something to say - from politicians and business leaders to activists and students.”

The new site, which could challenge the BBC, Al Jazeera and other regional news providers, will put the “devastating rise of Isis, extremism, and sectarian and ethnic tensions" into context, she promised. Would Arabi publish a blog by a British girl who has run off to Syria to join Isis? Official Zain Kuwait Flashmob - فلاش موب زين الكويت. Iran doing business with the ‘Great Satan’ - Al Arabiya News. Intriguingly, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been quiet about the bombings and attacks in Iraq by what they call “The Great Satan” - the United States. President Hassan Rowhani, the senior cadre of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, and state media also appear to be turning a blind eye to the American military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. If there has been any criticism, it is mainly concentrated on broader American objectives in Iraq rather than recent developments.

U.S. officials have also been less critical of Iran’s military activities, its assistance to Baghdad, and its troops on the ground in Iraq. Tehran and Washington - perceived as rivals - are apparently operating in Iraq side by side, while attempting to quell ISIS and bolster the new prime minister and government. Change of tone cooperation between the United States and Iran is not new.

This kind of cooperation between the United States and Iran is not new. Influence on Iraq. Automatics for the People. Richard N. Haass argues that the Middle East is less a problem to be solved than a condition to be managed. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space NEW YORK – It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith.

But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeking to defend their interests and increase their influence. Conflicts take place within and between states; civil wars and proxy wars become impossible to distinguish. Governments often forfeit control to smaller groups – militias and the like – operating within and across borders. The loss of life is devastating, and millions are rendered homeless. That could be a description of today’s Middle East. In the Middle East in 2011, change came after a humiliated Tunisian fruit vendor set himself alight in protest; in a matter of weeks, the region was aflame. Protestants and Catholics alike turned for support to their co-religionists within the territories that would one day become Germany. The region is ripe for unrest. There is no room for illusions. Goodbye, Middle East. The United States is backing off from the Middle East — and the Middle East from the United States.

America is in the midst of the greatest domestic gas and oil revolution since the early 20th century. If even guarded predictions about new North American reserves are accurate, over the next decade the entire continent may become energy-independent, with little need of petroleum imports from the Middle East. This coincides with mounting Chinese dependency on Middle Eastern oil and gas. So as the Persian Gulf becomes less important to us, it grows even more critical to the oil-hungry, cash-laden — and opportunistic — Chinese. After two wars in the Middle East, Americans are as tired of our forces being sent over there as Middle Easterners are of having us there. The usual Arab complaint against the United States during the Cold War was that it supported anti-communist authoritarians in the oil-rich Gulf and ignored democratic reform.

Let’s get this all straight. Politblogme : Interesting #infographics on... IMESClub - On the 25th of April IMESClub held two panels. Iran, UN diplomats stress need for understanding in ME. Lebanese security forces inspect the site of an explosion in the capital, Beirut, in October 2012. The Iranian ambassador to Beirut and the UN special coordinator for Lebanon have underlined the necessity of understanding in the Arab country and the entire Middle East. In a Wednesday meeting at the head quarters of Iran’s Embassy in the Lebanese capital, Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi discussed latest regional developments with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.

During the talks, Roknabadi underlined the significance of understanding and dialogue in establishing unity, security and stability on Lebanon’s political scene. The Iranian envoy also reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic supports efforts to reach a practical solution to the deadly crisis which erupted in Syria in March 2011. Plumbly, for his part, emphasized that the domestic issues of regional countries should be settled through negotiations and without foreign interference.

INTERVIEW WITH VITALIY NAUMKIN. This publication opens series of "IMESClub Interviews". Discussion took place on the 28th of August in Moscow. Professor Vitaliy Naumkin answered several thorny questions posed by IMESClub Executive Director Maria Dubovikova . Interview is available for download in English: and in Russian: Maria Dubovikova: I would like to start this conversation with a question that sums up the whole decade.

Vitaly Naumkin: Well, I would prefer not to talk in terms of “mistakes”, it’s much better to talk about the positive and negative trends. M.D.: – Yes! V.N.: For example a considerable economic success of Turkey can be specially noted. Among the negative trends it is possible to mention stagnation, mainly in the political life, and a number of other processes that especially led to the “Arab Spring”. The Middle East is corroded by the inner conflicts. M.D.: Speaking about the Gulf countries having the particular influence on the development of the Middle East, how would you estimate their influence? INTERVIEW WITH VITALIY NAUMKIN. INTERVIEW WITH VITALIY NAUMKIN. Geopolitical and Regional Dynamics: an Overview. Politblogme : It made my day!! Welcome to...

Egypt: Mass Attacks on Churches. The Middle East’s New Divide: Muslim Versus Muslim. Riot police hold a copy of the Quran as they clear members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, from Rabia al-Adawiya Square, where they were camping, in Cairo, Aug. 14, 2013. (photo by REUTERS) Author: Taufiq Rahim Posted August 15, 2013 On June 8, a devastating clash between residents and militia members erupted at the headquarters of the Libya Shield Brigade in Benghazi, Libya, leaving dozens dead and scores more injured. Meanwhile, the next day on the Sunday talk show circuit in the United States, amid continued partisan discussion of the September 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, there was scant mention of the major clash from the day before.

The disconnect exemplified the chasm between the new battle lines on the ground across the Middle East and the political discourse a world away. For much of the last decade, most have digested the narrative of a Muslim-West divide. Yet, under the surface, something else was brewing. Politblogme : “#MiddleEast #Internet users”... The Middle East’s Lost Decade by Joschka Fischer. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space BERLIN – The United States has waged three wars since Al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: against Al Qaeda, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq.

The first two were forced upon the US, but the third was the result of a willful, deliberate decision by former President George W. Bush, taken on ideological grounds and, most likely, for personal reasons as well. Had Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and their neocon allies been forthright about their intentions – to bring down Saddam Hussein by means of war, thereby creating a new, pro-Western Middle East – they never would have received the support of Congress and the American public. So a threat – Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – had to be created.

Such were the justifications for a war that was to claim the lives of almost 5,000 US soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis. Блоги :: Ирина Звягельская: Запад и мусульманский мир. Интервью с Ириной Доновной Звягельской, доктором исторических наук, главным научным сотрудником Института востоковедения РАН Ирина Доновна, к каким последствиям могут привести массовые антиамериканские протесты в исламском мире в связи со скандальным фильмом «Невинность мусульман»? Прежде всего, давайте разберемся в том, стихийная это реакция на фильм и публикацию карикатур на пророка Мухаммеда или нет. Протесты были явно организованы. Сам фильм никогда не был в прокате. Такого рода конфликты вспыхивают в мусульманских странах не в первый раз.

Второй вывод связан с отношениями между мусульманским миром и Западом. За сентябрьскими выступлениями прочитывается политическая, а не религиозная повестка дня. Мусульмане проводят акции протеста в Европе и США, французский еженедельный журнал «Charlie Hebdo» публикует на своих страницах карикатуры на мусульман и пророка Мухаммеда.

Эти выступления отражают, в том числе, и социальную напряженность, хотя они облечены в некую религиозную форму. CyberOrient. Many Eyes. The Politically Incorrect Guide to U.S. Interests in the Middle East - By Aaron David Miller. Foreign policy, including the use of military power, isn't an end in itself. It consists of tools and instruments designed to achieve specific and hopefully well-thought-out ends. Those ends -- let's call them interests -- are theoretically supposed to drive a country's foreign-policy strategy. Sounds pretty simple, right? So what are America's interests in the Middle East?

Are there core goals and priorities that are more important than others? Does the country pretend certain things are more important than they really are? These are really good questions, and they're not asked nearly enough. Today, if you take the Russian bogeyman out of the picture (sorry Mitt), add Islamists and counterterrorism, and subtract a few Arab dictators and authoritarians, U.S. interests remain pretty much the same. And despite all the charges of bias, dysfunction, and incompetence leveled at the United States, the country has actually done a pretty good job at protecting those interests. 1. 2. 3. 4. Middle East leaders some of the most engaging on Twitter. The World' s Muslims: Unity and Diversity. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad and are bound together by such religious practices as fasting during the holy month of Ramadan and almsgiving to assist people in need.

But they have widely differing views about many other aspects of their faith, including how important religion is to their lives, who counts as a Muslim and what practices are acceptable in Islam, according to a worldwide survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. The survey, which involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in over 80 languages, finds that in addition to the widespread conviction that there is only one God and that Muhammad is His Prophet, large percentages of Muslims around the world share other articles of faith, including belief in angels, heaven, hell and fate (or predestination).

Some of these differences are apparent at a regional level. Generational differences are also apparent. Sectarian Differences. 09DAMASCUS697. Pewresearch : New report: "The World’s... Country Reports on Terrorism 2011 Middle East and North Africa Overview. The Near East region remained one of the most active in terms of terrorist activity in 2011.

Many countries across the region experienced increased instability as a result of the events of the Arab Awakening, and some terrorists attempted to exploit this situation. This was of particular concern as it related to loose munitions from Libyan stocks and the threat of terrorists obtaining Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), which could pose significant risks to regional security and civil aviation. Multiple terrorist organizations displayed the capability and intent to strike at targets across the region and to garner influence in states undergoing political transitions. Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula gained more physical territory in Yemen as the result of the political turmoil. Iran (see Chapter 3, State Sponsors of Terrorism ), continued to be the world's leading sponsor of terrorist activity.

Syria’s Mutating Conflict. Middle East Report N°128 1 Aug 2012 At a distance, Syria’s conflict can resemble a slow, painful slog, punctuated by intermittent accelerations and apparent tipping points, influenced by international activity. Zoom in, and one can cast such impressions aside. Diplomatic manoeuvrings have ended up being little more than inertia masquerading as motion.

The West used them to pretend it was doing more than it was; Russia exploited them to feign it backed the Syrian regime less than it actually did. Meanwhile, in Syria, one sees neither deadlock nor abrupt transformation; virtually everything has been changing but at a steady pace: the shape of the conflict; civil society dynamics; sectarian relations; and the very nature of the regime the opposition seeks to depose. Not all is heading in the wrong direction; some developments have been surprisingly uplifting. That is why by far the more significant dynamics are those unfurling on the ground. That is because the ugly is truly alarming. ‎www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa/Iraq%20Syria%20Lebanon/Syria/128-syrias-mutating-conflict.

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Europe-Middle East. Russia-Middle East. The 'Arab Spring' and other American seasons. The dubbing of the uprisings in the Arab world by western governments and media as an "Arab Spring" (it is said that the American journal Foreign Policy coined the term first) was not simply an arbitrary or even seasonal choice of nomenclature, but rather a US strategy of controlling their aims and goals. There have been a number of uprisings in the past several decades in the Arab World, foremost among them the Egyptian uprising in January 1977 against President Sadat's austerity measures, which Sadat dubbed an "uprising of thieves" and the West dubbed "bread riots", the Sudanese uprising against the US-backed dictator Ja'far Numeiri in 1985, and the Palestinian uprisings of 1987-1993 and 2000-2004 against Israeli occupation (which brought the word "intifada" into global usage), but none of these merited the term "Spring".

Liberalising regimes Ending the isolationism Violation of human rights This brings us back to the demands of the Arab peoples in their ongoing revolts. Moyen-Orient / Middle East. Syrie - Syria. Tunisie 2.0. Riyadh deports 35 Ethiopian Christians for... JPost. BERLIN – Saudi Arabia deported 35 Ethiopian Christians last week after incarcerating them for over seven months for praying in advance of the Christmas season in December 2011, according to Christian media outlets and NGOs. International Christian Concern wrote on its website that “Saudi Arabia deported the last of the 35 Ethiopian Christians who were detained for holding an all-night prayer vigil. Saudi security officials assaulted, harassed and pressured the Christians to convert to Islam during their incarceration.” “We have arrived home safe. We believe that we are released as the result of the pressure exerted by ICC and others,” one of the Ethiopians told ICC.

“The Saudi officials don’t tolerate any other religions other than Islam. They consider non-Muslims as unbelievers. On December 15, Saudi authorities raided a private religious function in Jeddah, a city on the Red Sea coast in western Saudi Arabia, and arrested 35 Ethiopian Christian workers. #RAMSES2013 Printemps arabe : une longue marche vers la démocratisation. Analysis: Violence dims hope of solution to Turkish Kurd conflict.