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January 31st
4:54 PM
Bernhard Zand  |  Der Spiegel »

In no other theater of World War I are the results of that epochal conflict still as current as they are in the Middle East. Nowhere else does the early 20th century orgy of violence still determine political conditions to the same degree. The so-called European Civil War, a term used to describe the period of bloody violence that racked Europe from 1914 onwards, came to an end in 1945. The Cold War ceased in 1990. But the tensions unleashed on the Arab world by World War I remain as acute as ever. Essentially, the Middle East finds itself in the same situation now as Europe did following the 1919 Treaty of Versailles: standing before a map that disregards the region’s ethnic and confessional realities.
…the unresolved conflicts left behind by World War I, combined with the spill-over effects from the catastrophic World War II in Europe — the founding of Israel, the Cold War and the race for Persian Gulf resources — added up to a historical burden for the Middle East. And they have resulted in an unending conflict — a conflict that has yet to come to an end even today, almost 100 years after that fateful summer in 1914… >continue<

Bernhard Zand  |  Der Spiegel »

In no other theater of World War I are the results of that epochal conflict still as current as they are in the Middle East. Nowhere else does the early 20th century orgy of violence still determine political conditions to the same degree. The so-called European Civil War, a term used to describe the period of bloody violence that racked Europe from 1914 onwards, came to an end in 1945. The Cold War ceased in 1990. But the tensions unleashed on the Arab world by World War I remain as acute as ever. Essentially, the Middle East finds itself in the same situation now as Europe did following the 1919 Treaty of Versailles: standing before a map that disregards the region’s ethnic and confessional realities.

the unresolved conflicts left behind by World War I, combined with the spill-over effects from the catastrophic World War II in Europe — the founding of Israel, the Cold War and the race for Persian Gulf resources — added up to a historical burden for the Middle East. And they have resulted in an unending conflict — a conflict that has yet to come to an end even today, almost 100 years after that fateful summer in 1914… >continue<

October 20th
2:10 PM

Saudi Arabia mysteriously withdrew, after having campaigned for and won a seat on the UN Security Council. They said it was over Western inaction on Syria and the the Palestinians.
&#8230;all of a sudden on Friday, Saudi Arabia resigned its seat. It said that it did so over UNSC inaction on Syria and on the lack of progress in resolving the problem of Palestinians’ statelessness. Some observers also suggested that it was an implicit protest against the possibility that the US and Iran will make up.
It is hard to know what to make of the Saudi action, which has never occurred before in the history of the UN.   &gt;continue&lt;

Saudi Arabia mysteriously withdrew, after having campaigned for and won a seat on the UN Security Council. They said it was over Western inaction on Syria and the the Palestinians.

all of a sudden on Friday, Saudi Arabia resigned its seat. It said that it did so over UNSC inaction on Syria and on the lack of progress in resolving the problem of Palestinians’ statelessness. Some observers also suggested that it was an implicit protest against the possibility that the US and Iran will make up.

It is hard to know what to make of the Saudi action, which has never occurred before in the history of the UN.   >continue<

May 10th
9:51 AM

Heavy metal unites Jews, Muslims across Middle East

Heavy metal is a growing genre in the Middle East and North Africa. Orphaned Land pioneered a style that fuses heavy metal with traditional Middle Eastern instruments, melodies and rhythms. In so doing, they managed to not only tap into a regional aesthetic sensibility, but also to demonstrate that the Jewish people have roots in the Middle East, and that engagement with globalization does not necessarily have to lead to the erasure of local culture.

Singing in English, Arabic and Hebrew, Orphaned Land has peppered their lyrics (which often deal with the struggle of light over darkness) with quotes from the Torah, New Testament and the Koran… >continue<

May 6th
11:51 AM
"An entire political and economic system — one that treats half of humanity like animals — must be destroyed along with the other more obvious tyrannies choking off the region from its future. Until the rage shifts from the oppressors in our presidential palaces to the oppressors on our streets and in our homes, our revolution has not even begun."
December 21st
11:08 AM

Maelstrom Building

The dissolution of Iraq into chaos, perhaps alongside and in sync with Syria, threatens to plunge the Middle East into a humanitarian and political nightmare. If a fear of this fate conjured prudence for the first Bush Administration in its decision not to advance on Baghdad, serious labours for the sake of a viable government in Iraq seemed oddly absent in the minds of the invaders of 2003. This lapse, more than anything else, best underscores the contempt observers felt upon witnessing George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” theatre.

Rather than seriously confront the fears of 1991, the younger Bush went into Iraq stoked with a contempt for nation building. The State Department was marginalized as appointments and duties, ostensibly for the sake of rebuilding Iraq, were made on the basis of loyalty and graft. A government, as in Afghanistan, was allowed to come to be on the basis of religious and ethnic fault lines, motivated seemingly by the dreamy notion that stable democracy is a phenomenon that jumps fully fledged like a rabbit out of history’s magic hat.  >continue<

September 13th
1:23 AM
Via
"Dear USA, your 9/11 is our 24/7. Sincerely, Middle East."
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luraoff

 
August 3rd
12:49 PM

Triumphant Turkey?

Stephen Kinzer writes on Turkey’s transformation and the on-going task of overcoming its fragmented society:

…it is tempting to see the central conflict in Turkish society as pitting secularism against growing religious influence. This is misleading. None of the dozens of people I met during a recent visit suggested that Turkey is in danger of slipping toward Islamist rule. Turkish society has defenses that most Arab societies lack: generations of experience with secularism and democracy, a growing middle class, a booming export economy, a still-lively press, and a strong civil society based in universities, labor unions, business associations, and civic, human rights, and environmental groups. The emerging conflict in Turkey is not over religion, but styles of power.  >continue<

ZeitVox #Turkey

June 7th
10:11 AM
Via

The Christian Science Monitor: The House of Saud strikes back

csmonitor:

Saudi Arabia isn’t taking this whole democracy thing lying down. It’s putting down uprisings, beefing up alliances with fellow autocrats, and distancing itself from the US. Dan Murphy outlines Saudi Arabia’s response to the Arab Spring in the Backchannels blog.

Unlike the US, whose selective encouragement of pro-democracy movements make it seem – in the language of pseudo-psychology – “conflicted,” the Kingdom has a laser-like focus on its interests, which begin and end with regime survival. Since the US isn’t a wholehearted supporter of the status quo anymore, the Saudis are creating alternative networks to prevent regime change. - Dan Murphy, staff reporter.

June 2nd
4:29 PM
Aljazeera charts Arab Spring Twittersphere 

As uprisings turn to revolutions in the Middle East, Al Jazeera&#8217;s New Media team releases a Twitter Dashboard that illustrates what is being tweeted about and where.

Aljazeera charts Arab Spring Twittersphere 

As uprisings turn to revolutions in the Middle East, Al Jazeera’s New Media team releases a Twitter Dashboard that illustrates what is being tweeted about and where.