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Monday
Feb072011

Israel-Palestine Latest: Quartet Pushes Israel as Netanyahu Pushes Economic Plans

UPDATE 1830 GMT: Britain's Defense Secretary Liam Fox has underlined the importance of such a peace between Israel and Palestine in deflecting Iran's potential nuclear power, "an existential threat". Fox said:

The United Kingdom is pushing for stronger sanctions to influence Iran, but the importance of the Middle East peace process should not be overlooked.

Progress towards a two-state solution -- a secure and universally recognized Israel alongside a viable and contiguous Palestinian state -- is important for defusing the malign political influence of Iran in the region.

After the Quartet's meeting, German Foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said:

Those who want to support moderate forces in the Middle East, those who want to support constructive forces in the Middle East, are well advised to press for progress in the Middle East peace process

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Monday
Feb072011

The Latest from Iran (7 February): Anticipating 25 Bahman

1800 GMT: No Nerves Here. Both Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the human rights section of Iran's judiciary, and Gholam-Hossein Elham of the Guardian Council have spoken loudly about the respect for authority in the country.

Javad Larijani said democracy lovers should kiss the Supreme Leader's hands for saving the country from a "putsch": Ayatollah Khamenei is the "anchor of democracy".

Elham asserted that whoever opposes the Supreme Leader "will be destroyed". Even if Ayatollah Khamenei got more power, this does not smell of dictatorship.

He added a warning for Parliament: if the Guardian Council says something is illegal, Majlis must obey and cannot change laws.

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Monday
Feb072011

Egypt (and Beyond) LiveBlog: Celebration, But Will It Soon Be for the Tourists?

0000 GMT: Reports indicate that 3 protesters have been killed and hundreds of others injured in clashes with security forces in in The New Valley (El Wadi el Gedid) today. 

2200 GMT: Sultan Al-Qassemi kindly translated parts of Wael Ghonim's Arabic interview on Dream TV, part of which we are posting here: 

I am proud of what I did. This is not the time to settle scores. Although I have people I want to settle scores with myself. This is not the time to split the pie and enforce ideologies... On Thursday night, at 1am I was with a friend, a colleague from work. I was taking a taxi, suddenly four people surrounded the car, I yelled "Help me, Help me" I was blindfolded then taken away... 

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Sunday
Feb062011

Wikileaks and Iran: Did Mojtaba Khamenei Rig the 2009 Election? (And Where Did the Cable Go?)

A curious story unfolding today: did the son of the Supreme Leader, Mojtaba Khamenei, worked with the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Abbas Ali Jafari, to manipulate the ballot?

That appears to be the claim, in at least one document released by WikiLeaks and obtained by the Daily Telegraph of London, by at least one Iranian source to US diplomats within days of the vote. But then another mystery starts....

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Sunday
Feb062011

Iran Document: Mousavi-Karroubi Request for March on 14 February

From the Facebook page supporting Mir Hossein Mousavi:


Mr. Najar,

Minister of Interior,

Greetings,

Hereby, we request permit to call for a rally --- as Article 27 of the constitution authorizes *  --- on Monday, Feb 14, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. (local time) from Imam Hossein Square to Azadi Square (Tehran) to show solidarity with the popular movements in the region and in particular the freedom-seeking movements of the Tunisian and Egyptian people against their autocratic regimes.

Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi

*Article 27 provides for freedom of assembly, "provided arms are not carried" and the assemblies "are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam"

Sunday
Feb062011

Egypt in Pictures and Video: A Protest City in Tahrir Square

Christian Prayer Ceremony

Today's Wedding:

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Sunday
Feb062011

Egypt (and Beyond) LiveBlog: Hunkering Down

2300 GMT: In Tunisia, the Ministry of Interior has announced that the former ruling party, the Constitituional Democratic Rally, is to be suspended and its offices closed.

2155 GMT: And now, to offer wisdom on the Egyptian crisis, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin:

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Sunday
Feb062011

The Latest from Iran (6 February): A Notable Absence

2300 GMT: The US Hikers. In the first day of their closed-door trial (see 1115 GMT), Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer pleaded not guilty to espionage and trespassing.

The hearing lasted five hours, but there were no details, as all observers --- including the Swiss Ambassador, who represents US interests in Iran --- were excluded and the hikers' lawyer was barred from giving information. The trial for Fattal and Bauer, who were arrested on the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009, was continued to an unspecified date by Judge Salavati.

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Saturday
Feb052011

US Politics Special: A Guide to the Conservative Plan for Health Care Provision

Government spending on health care for citizens is primarily conducted through Medicaid and Medicare. Central to the Conservative Roadmap's recommendations for reducing the costs of those two government funded programs is a reduction in the price of premiums paid by taxpayers. Its proposers believe that the health care framework will make the market more competitive; this will then provide the foundation for a leaner and cheaper Medicare and Medicaid both leaner and cheaper without compromising on the range of services offered to recipients.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Iran Feature: The Story of Abdolreza Ghanbari --- Father, Teacher, and Sitting on Death Row (Alijenad)

Saahel GhanbariAbdolreza Ghanbari is yet another of the detainees from 27 December 2009, the day that protesters marked the religious day of Ashura with demonstrations against the regime. He is accused of “Moharebeh” (war against God) through connections with multiple opposition groups, evidence of which were found in his suspicious emails and contact with foreign television channels. He was sentenced to death by Judge Salavati, presiding over Branch 15 of the revolutionary court.

Every Monday –-- the visiting day –-- the hills overlooking Evin Prison are the location for a small luncheon picnic for Ghanbari's family. The four corners of the table are occupied by Mother, Saahel, and Ehsaan, and Father --- in the family’s imagination. The other three have sit down on these hills across from Evin’s closed doors because none has the heart to leave, after the visiting hour is over. They remain beneath the walls and barbed wire to have their lunch, in a semblance of proximity to their father.

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