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Tuesday
Jan252011

US Politics: Previewing Obama's "State of the Union" (and How the Republicans Will Try to Pre-Empt It)

It promises to be an interesting Tuesday with potential filibuster reform and an outside chance of Republicans forcing a repeal vote on the health care plan. But in the end it will be the power of the Presidency that draws the world's attention to Washington on Tuesday. With one of his most important weapons, President Obama has the chance to remind Americans, and an international audience, of the optimism that surrounded his election in 2008.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

US Politics: Why the "Filibuster" Issue May Cast a Shadow Over President Obama's Speech

Today at 10 a.m. the Senate will convene for the first time since 5 January. The issue of the day, hours before President Obama gives his State of the Union address will be filibuster reform.

The topic has been debated extensively over the last 12 months, and especially since the end of July after the DISCLOSE Act intended to reform campaign finance laws was defeated by "obstructionist" tactics. Possibly this afternoon, more likely later in the week, the Senate will finally decide whether or not to reform the rules that made the last two years the most filibustered in history of the chamber, with 400 bills passed by the House never reaching the floor of the Senate for debate.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Wikileaks 2008: Palestinian Leaders on Israeli Settlements and Gaza "Gone Forever"

Saeb Erekat (left) and Salam FayyadA leaked US cable summarises a July 2008 discussion between the Prime Minister of the West Bank, Salam Fayyad, and chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Fayyad pointed to the dilemma for Gaza. On the one hand, Fayyad argues that "its crossings must be controlled or it will be gone forever", but on the other, he warns Americans and Israelis not to give Hamas the 'vulnerability' excuse to exploit the Gazans. The West Bank Prime Minister wanted to talk to Hamas and bring it to the legitimate political arena. This, however, could not come true at the expense of Israel's "security".

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Monday
Jan242011

Palestine Papers: Tonight's Al Jazeera English Broadcast

Day 2 of Al Jazeera's coverage of the more than 1600 internal documents it obtained on Israel-Palestine negotiations between 1999 and 2010. Tonight's headline: Israel was willing to transfer its Arab citizens to a Palestinian state and the Palestinian Authority was pursuing the "right of return" for only 150,000 of the 5-6 million Palestinian refugees.

The live programme has now ended. We will be posting video highlights as they appear on the Internet.

Monday
Jan242011

Iran Snapshot: Jafar Kazemi's Wife Speaks About His Execution

Roudabeh Akbari, Jafar Kazemi's wife, has spoken by phone about the killing of her husband, a lithographer at Amir Kabir University, this morning: "This morning we went to visit with him. We filled out a [visitation request] card, too. But they came back and told us that they had hanged him."

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Monday
Jan242011

Palestine Papers Video: Discussing the Significance of the Documents (Al Jazeera)

Last night, in a special broadcast, Al Jazeera English unveiled more than 1600 documents on Israel-Palestine discussions from 1999 to 2010. We have posted links to both Al Jazeera and to The Guardian, which is also publishing the documents and anlaysis, in our initial entry.

We are awaiting the full copy of the special broadcast, including a dramatic interview with Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authoriyt. In the meantime, this is Al Jazeera's discussion during the programme with former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben Ami, Daud Abdullah of Middle East Monitor UK, and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada. The video is in three parts:

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Monday
Jan242011

Iran Nuke Talks Follow-Up: So Why Did the Istanbul Discussions Collapse?

Yesterday I posted an analysis, "How the US Media Missed the Important Story", which sought to highlight a key reason for the failure of this weekend's talks on uranium enrichment between Iran and the 5+1 Powers (US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany) --- the 5+1's proposal for "third-party enrichment", with more than 90% of Tehran's uranium stock leaving the country, was much tougher than what it put on the table in the discussions of October-November 2009. 

Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor, whom I mentioned in the analysis, has offered us an important follow-up....

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Monday
Jan242011

Tunisia (and Beyond) LiveBlog: Sitting In for Change

1930 GMT: Picture of the Day? Army Chief of Staff Rachid Ammar addressing protesters in Tunis today (see 1720 and 1755 GMT):

1920 GMT: In Egypt, a man tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrists as about 20 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court to commend the police’s work and criticize protests planned for Tuesday.

Civil servants have received a written warning not to participate in the demonstrations for a "day of revolution against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment". Those who defy the instruction could lose their jobs.

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Monday
Jan242011

The Latest from Iran (24 January): Two More Political Executions

Jafar Kazemi2040 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Prominent reformist Ali Shakouri Rad has been released from detention.

Shakouri Rad was arrested last month after he said in a public debate that the head of Iran's judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, had congratulated Mir Hossein Mousavi on his "victory" on Election Day in June 2009.

1945 GMT: Claim of Day. President Ahmadinejad speaking in Gilan Province in northwest Iran: targeted subsidy cuts are the work of the 12th (Hidden) Imam.

1940 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Journalist and blogger Siamak Ghaderi has been sentenced to four years in prison for “propaganda against the regime”, “disturbing public opinion”, and “spreading lies”.

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Monday
Jan242011

WikiLeaks and Algeria 2009: "Sitting on a Volcano" After Bouteflika Wins "Choreographed and Heavily Controlled Election"

In April 2009, the US Embassy in Algiers reviews the political and social situation after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term with more than 90% of the vote in "a carefully choreographed and heavily controlled election".

The conclusion? "With Bouteflika's hold on power secure, Algeria now faces an urgent need for dialogue between the population and the state."

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