Archive for February, 2012

Netanyahu to meet with Obama to discuss Iranian nuclear threat

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama this week to discuss the growing danger of Iranian nuclear capability. Israeli officials are worried that U.N. economic sanctions on Iran are not working, and have publicly announced the possibility of military intervention. Iran has warned that it will respond with a counterattack, and possibly enlist their allies Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip to form a coalition against Israel. U.S. officials are strongly opposing any potential military action by Israel, and are urging Israel to wait for the sanctions to be given time to work.

A link to the article can be found here:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i9T1fP5cEnJQtsiMibZkTi2FQY9A?docId=43a268d6fce046679fb8a09771f3582a

A Palestinian Comedian comments on Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Dictator”

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Ray Hanania, a Chicago-based comedian and radio host, discussed the antics of Sacha Baron Cohen in the leadup to the release of “The Dictator”. In Hanania’s opinion, Cohen has repeatedly  lampooned other racial stereotypes without taking aim at his own Jewish/Israeli heritage.

http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/culture/995-sacha-baron-cohens-antics-good-or-bad

Israel raids Palestine

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Here are two articles on the Israeli raid on Palestinian TV stations today (Feb. 29).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-raids-palestinian-tv-stations/2012/02/29/gIQAQJSkiR_story.html

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C03%5C01%5Cstory_1-3-2012_pg4_3

Israeli Troops Raid Two Palestinian TV Stations- NY Times

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

by Ethan Bronner

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/world/middleeast/israeli-troops-raid-two-palestinian-tv-stations-in-ramallah.html

Early in the morning on Wednesday, February 29 2012, Israeli authorities raided the offices of two Palestinian TV stations, Al-Quds Educational Television and Al-Watan in Ramallah in the West Bank, confiscating equipment and documents.  Israel cited failure to abide by an Israeli-Palestinian agreement on airwave transmissions following repeated warnings.  The stations claimed that they received no forewarning by Israel.

See also, Palestinian News Network

Q&A: Gilad Shalit release deal

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Here is a link to the BBC article on the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was in captivity in Gaza for more than five years. This is an interesting account on Israeli-Palestinian dialogues and negotiation.

Academic Debate on Palestinian Admission to United Nations

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The U.N. Should Admit Palestine as a Full Member State from Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates on FORA.tv

This is an academic debate from January, 2012 concerning the Palestinian state’s September bid for recognition by the United Nations.  The points are being argued by distinguished members of Israeli, American, and Palestinian diplomatic and political circles including Mustafa Barghouthi and Daniel Levy in favor of admission. They are a former Palestinian Authority presidential candidate and a former negotiator for the Israeli government respectively.  Debating against Palestinian admission are Dore Gold, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and an advisor to the curent Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as well as Aaron David Miller, a former U.S. Mideast negotiator.

Palestinian-based News Sources

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Below are two news sites that provide a Palestinian viewpoint on current events in the area

Palestinian News Network- http://english.pnn.ps/

Palestinian Chronicle- http://palestinechronicle.com/

Palestinian news sources have also used social media to supply information, creating various Twitter accounts

Q&A: Palestinian bid for full membership at the UN

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Here is an article concerning the recent Palestinian bid for UN membership from the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13701636

In 2011, the Council on Foreign Relations published an in-depth discussion on Palestinian attempts at statehood, including various links to news articles and background information:

http://www.cfr.org/palestinian-authority/palestinian-statehood-un/p25954

Wahhabi Islam

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

“It is described as extremist, radical puritanical, contemptuous of modernity, misogynist, and militant in nature. It has been characterized as Islamo-fascism following in the traditions of communism and nazism. It is accused of inspiring militant religious extremism in movements ranging from the Taliban of Afghanistan to the so-called Wahhabis of Central Asia and Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. It is targeted as the most intolerant af all interpretations of Islam, seeking to impose itself alone as the expression of “true” Islam.”

Natana J. Delong-Bas pg 3 of Wahhabi Islam From Revival And Reform To Global Jihad

Patriarch Speaks Out

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Orthodox Patriarch spoke out calling for greater religious freedom. This call was in response to Turkey’s continued effort to join the E.U. However a stipulation to joining requires Turkey to have a greater religious tolerance, something that has been questioned in the past. Here’s the link.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-urged-greater-religious-freedom-15750104