My weekend was dominated by pre-Thanksgiving binge grading, and so I’m only now getting my mind around the details of the tumult taking place, not just in Cairo, but Alexandria, the Suez Canal cities, and elsewhere around Egypt. The direct chain of events leading to the current clashes came when Deputy Prime Minister Ali [...]
Anthony Shadid fears that what’s happening in Homs could be a harbinger of things to come in Syria:
“A harrowing sectarian war has spread across the Syrian city of Homs this month, with supporters and opponents of the government blamed for beheadings, rival gangs carrying out tit-for-tat kidnappings, minorities fleeing for their native villages, [...]
This dispute over whether Tunisia’s Nahda party has a secret radical agenda briefly revealed in a leader’s comment about a caliphate is all about nothing:
“Talks on forming a coalition government halted briefly this week after a secular party questioned the motives of its moderate Islamist partner amid intense jockeying for power.
“The trouble [...]
Thousands of Kuwaitis stormed their country’s parliament today, calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Nasser al-Sabah:
“Thousands of Kuwaitis have stormed parliamentary buildings after police and elite forces beat protesters.
“The protesters marched earlier on Wednesday to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s home to demand his resignation, an opposition MP [...]
Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has blamed U.S. policy in the Middle East for what he calls the “anti-Christian Spring.” He needs a better fact-checker, since he also blamed Muslims for a complaint an unrelated professor at George Washington University filed against Catholic University of America. Juan Cole, meanwhile, points out how Gingrich’s stated [...]
Blake Hounshell flags the story of the company installing Syria’s dissent-quenching network:
“As Syria’s crackdown on protests has claimed more than 3,000 lives since March, Italian technicians in telecom offices from Damascus to Aleppo have been busy equipping President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with the power to intercept, scan and catalog virtually every e-mail that [...]