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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 31, 2016 Don’t blame smugglers for migrants’ deaths on the Mediterranean–the blood is on Europe’s hands
QUOTE: refugees and migrants from sub-Saharan countries, Maghreb and the Middle East are only dying in the Mediterranean because we have given them no alternative. Politicians call for smugglers to receive harsh punishments when its regulations are what keeps them in business—it’s unacceptable hypocrisy....Migration, not just asylum, is a human right. So far we’ve done a decent job of granting this right to the world’s rich, who also happen, with few exceptions, to be white. But for everyone else, this right does not seem to exist.
Quartz Jul 11, 2011 All Hail the (Democratic) King (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: ...Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations.
New York Times Jul 06, 2011 Israel Debates Two-Day Weekends, and Its Lifestyle
QUOTE: Pretty much the entire Western world observes Saturday and Sunday as its weekend, and many in Israel would like to align the schedule here with that of the West....With nearly a fifth of the population Muslim Arab, a natural choice for the second day off would be Friday, the Islamic holy day.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Lies and Videotape (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: For most authoritarian states, state news media, especially television, have helped leaders stay in power by creating a parallel reality for their populations and depriving dissenters of a wider audience.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Amid Crackdown, Big Protest Is Planned in Syria
QUOTE: “The emergency law might have been erased from the papers, but practically speaking, nothing has changed,” said a protester in Homs who gave his name as Mohammed. “It’s just talk and talk, promises and more promises. And it’s all untrue.”
New York Times Apr 17, 2011 In Sometimes Deadly Clashes, Defiant Syrians Protest
QUOTE: Security officers responded with deadly force, witnesses reported, including live ammunition fired at a funeral and the seizure of critically wounded demonstrators from a hospital… Clashes between security forces and protesters left at least five dead and dozens injured on the holiday, meant to celebrate the removal of the last French troops from Syria in 1946.
New York Times Apr 14, 2011 Syrian Government Offers Mixed Message to Protesters
QUOTE: But even as the changes were announced, human rights activists said organizers of the protest movement in Dara’a were being detained, and some activists complained that the cabinet... was unlikely to push for needed reforms... “If they are trying to work something out with the people of Dara’a, why are they detaining people in the villages?”
New York Times Apr 12, 2011 Hospital Is Drawn Into Bahrain Strife
QUOTE: To the government, Salmaniya, Bahrain’s largest public hospital, and local clinics are nests of radical Shiite conspirators trying to destabilize the country. But to many doctors at Salmaniya, the hospital has been converted into an apparatus of state terrorism, and sick people have nowhere to go for care.
New York Times Apr 08, 2011 Rights Abuses Extend Across Middle East, Report Says
QUOTE: Dire abuses of political and social rights that fueled popular uprisings in the Arab world and a war in Libya are continuing and have in some cases worsened in countries important to American security, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Pakistan.
New York Times Apr 06, 2011 Palestinian Security Forces Abused Journalists, Report Says
QUOTE: “Harassment and abuse of journalists reflected attempts to prevent free speech and inquiry into matters of public importance, and to punish writers solely because of their statements critical of the Palestinian Authority or their perceived support of its political rivals.”
New York Times Apr 06, 2011 Bahrain’s Rulers Tighten Their Grip on Battered Opposition
QUOTE: There have been mass arrests, mass firings of government workers, reports of torture and, on Sunday, the forced resignation of the top editor of the nation’s one independent newspaper... their struggle is tinged by ethnic animosity... “They are leaving no oppressive stone unturned.”
New York Times Apr 03, 2011 Tense Calm Prevails in Syria as Latest Crackdown Victims Are Buried
QUOTE: But people in Douma were simmering because official news reports said the deaths were caused by unidentified armed gangs, who were roaming the streets and shooting at people until the state security services intervened. Protesters said the armed gangs and the security services were one and the same.
New York Times Mar 30, 2011 Syrian Leader Blames ‘Conspiracy’ for Turmoil
QUOTE: The president offered the simple message that he understood the practical concerns of the people but that he would allow for change only on his timetable. He did not call for an end to an emergency law imposed in 1963 and other laws that conferred extraordinary powers on the secret police.
New York Times Mar 18, 2011 Dozens of Protesters Are Killed in Yemen
QUOTE: President Obama condemned violence in a written statement that called on President Saleh “to adhere to his public pledge to allow demonstrations to take place peacefully.” He added, “Those responsible for today’s violence must be held accountable.”
New York Times Mar 07, 2011 Libyan War Traps Poor Immigrants at Tripoli’s Edge
QUOTE: Dark-skinned Africans say the Libyan war has caught them in a vise. The heavily armed police and militia forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi who guard checkpoints along the roads around the capital rob them of their money, possessions and cellphone chips, the migrants say... (The refugees) complain bitterly of betrayal by their home governments, which have failed to help evacuate them even as Egyptian, Bangladeshi and Chinese migrant workers who crowded the airport a week ago have found a way out.
New York Times Jan 29, 2011 Arab media revolution spreading change
QUOTE: Egyptians have overcome their fear of the police state....There is a direct line between this revolt and the Arab media revolution launched 15 years ago. One might even argue it is the inevitable result.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 14, 2011 Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders
QUOTE: The protests’ success gripped a region whose residents have increasingly complained of governments that seem incapable of meeting their demands and are bereft of any ideology except perpetuating power. The combustible mix that inspired them — economic woes and revulsion at corruption and repression — seemed to echo in so many other countries in the Middle East...
New York Times Jan 13, 2011 For Hezbollah, Claiming Victory Could Be Costly
QUOTE: Hezbollah and its allies acted on longstanding threats Wednesday to bring down Lebanon’s national unity government in a dispute over a United Nations-backed tribunal, which is expected to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination of a former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.
New York Times Aug 07, 2010 A Deal to Avert BlackBerry Ban Could Be Precedent
QUOTE: A preliminary agreement between the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some access to users' data, will avert a ban on the phone in that country. The pact involves placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, Saudi telecom regulatory officials said, and that likely will let the government monitor messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Immigrant Maids Flee Lives of Abuse in Kuwait
QUOTE: With nowhere else to go, dozens of Nepalese maids who fled from their employers now sleep on the floor in the lobby of their embassy here [Kuwait], next to the visitors’ chairs.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Emirates to Cut Data Services of BlackBerry
QUOTE: The United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, said Sunday that it would suspend BlackBerry mobile services like e-mail and text messaging beginning in October, the latest high-stakes clash between governments and communications providers over the flow of digital information.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Taliban Exploit Openings in Neglected Province
QUOTE: Deprived of jobs and local government services, people here are turning to Taliban courts for speedy justice and drifting toward those who will pay them — either local strongmen or the Taliban.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 Iraqi Militants Stealing Blood for the Injured
QUOTE: Members of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia have been holding up blood banks and hospitals at gunpoint, stealing blood for their wounded fighters rather than risk having them arrested at medical facilities, according to Iraqi doctors, employees at health centers and the Sunni insurgents themselves.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Israeli Palestinian man to appeal rape-by-deception conviction
QUOTE: Kashour [the Israeli Palestinian who admitted pretending to be a single Jewish man before having sex with an Israeli woman] already has been detained for two months, followed by about two years of house arrest.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 25, 2010 Iraq’s Ancient Ruins Face New Looting
QUOTE: Thousands of archaeological sites — containing some of the oldest treasures of civilization — have been left unprotected, allowing what officials of Iraq’s antiquities board say is a resumption of brazenly illegal excavations, especially here in southern Iraq.
New York Times May 09, 2010 Lebanon claims latest title in 'Hummus War'
QUOTE: Yet, in spite of their shared appreciation, the origin of [hummus] is a source of heated debate with the Lebanese claiming ownership and Israelis denying that they have exclusive rights to the name.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 15, 2010 The Living and the Dead
QUOTE: a clear demarcation line separates regions able to look forward, even over history’s wounds, and those unable to escape the clutches of the dead. Yehuda Amichai, the fine Israeli poet, once observed of Jerusalem that it is “the only city in the world where the right to vote is granted even to the dead.” The Middle East holds pride of place when it comes to morbid retrospection.
New York Times Aug 26, 2009 Child bride's nightmare after divorce
QUOTE: Child who got divorce in Yemen struggling to be a child again.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 17, 2009 The Muslim Madrassa Myth: The problem with Arab education goes beyond a few extremist schools.
QUOTE: [Middle Eastern] Government schools that do educate the masses are mind-numbing and anachronistic, utterly useless for helping graduates face global competition. And their failures are far more dangerous.
Newsweek Aug 06, 2009 Tomgram: John Feffer, Their Martyrs and Our Heroes
QUOTE: Given the plethora of suicide missions in the Western tradition, it should be difficult to argue that the tactic is unique to Islam or to fundamentalists.
TomDispatch Jul 23, 2009 How to stay in charge: A special report on the Arab world
QUOTE: director of the Almishkat Centre for Research and Training in Cairo, Mr Fergany is no less furious with the Arab regimes, which he accuses of doing everything in their power to obstruct democracy and social justice. In most Arab countries, he says, the political order is oppressive and democracy a sham, a hollow system incapable of accommodating the vitality of the people.
Economist Jul 16, 2009 The law changes. Will attitudes? Honour killings in Syria
QUOTE: It is still common, in Syria and throughout the Middle East, for men to murder female relatives deemed to have besmirched the family’s moral standing
Economist Jun 26, 2009 Arab Activists Watch Iran And Wonder: 'Why Not Us?' (The View From Egypt )
QUOTE: Across the Arab world, Iran's massive opposition protests have triggered a wave of soul-searching and conflicting emotions. Many question why their own reform movements are unable to rally people to rise up against unpopular authoritarian regimes.
Washington Post Jul 15, 2008 Kurds Protest Iraqi Election Law
QUOTE: The entire bloc of Kurdish lawmakers walked out of Iraq’s Parliament on Tuesday to protest a proposed provincial election law, contending that part of it was unconstitutional. The walkout by roughly a fifth of Parliament’s 275 members delayed voting on the bill, which governs provincial council elections scheduled to take place across Iraq this fall. The dispute could yet be resolved quickly, but it introduced more uncertainty into preparations for the nationwide elections. Parliament will meet again on Thursday to discuss the bill, several members said, and talks are continuing in small meetings.
New York Times Jul 12, 2008 Iraqi Forces Raid Mosque With Links to Sadrists
QUOTE: Government forces in the southern city of Diwaniya burst into a mosque attended by followers of the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr on Friday, arresting the imam and four worshipers, including another cleric, Iraqi security officials said. The raid on the Imam Ali mosque underscored the bitter, often violent feuding across southern Iraq between those loyal to Mr. Sadr and forces allied with the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.
New York Times Jul 11, 2008 Olmert Questioned on Graft
QUOTE: Israeli prosecutors announced an expansion of their corruption investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday, saying they suspected he fraudulently billed multiple state agencies for the same flights when he was mayor and trade minister and used the extra money for personal trips and vacations. In a statement issued after questioning Mr. Olmert for two hours, the police and the Justice Ministry said that the travel agency he used colluded in the alleged scheme by sending copies of the same bill to numerous public bodies and booking Olmert family vacations with the profits.
New York Times Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.
QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 01, 2008 Wounded Iraqi Forces Say They’ve Been Abandoned
QUOTE: In the United States, the issue of war injuries has revolved almost entirely around the care received by the 30,000 wounded American veterans. But Iraqi soldiers and police officers have been wounded in greater numbers, health workers say, and have been treated far worse by their government. A number of the half-dozen badly wounded Iraqis interviewed for this article said they had been effectively drummed out of the Iraqi security forces without pensions, or were receiving partial pay and in danger of losing even that.
New York Times Jun 30, 2008 Israel to Free Prisoners: Swap With Hezbollah Involves Abducted Soldiers
QUOTE: Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved a rare prisoner swap with the Shiite militia Hezbollah, agreeing to free a convicted murderer and others in exchange for two Israeli soldiers who are believed to be dead.
Washington Post Jun 29, 2008 Reported U.S. Raid Triggers Outrage
QUOTE: "We are shocked by the news of the raid," Karbala Gov. Aqeel al-Khazaly said at a news conference Friday afternoon. "The aerial landing and subsequent operations led to the death of an innocent civilian and the arrest of another."
Washington Post Jun 22, 2008 The Two Israels
QUOTE: In short, there are many Israels. When American presidential candidates compete this year to be “pro-Israeli,” let’s hope that they clarify that the one they support is not the oppressor that lets settlers steal land and club women but the one that is a paragon of justice, decency, fairness — and peace.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Iran Official Arrested For Criticizing Clerics
QUOTE: A mid-level government official supportive of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's political faction was arrested Wednesday for making public accusations of corruption against several top clerics, the Iranian Fars News Agency reported.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2008 Operation Lets Muslim Women Reclaim Virginity
QUOTE: The domestic drama has gripped France. The groom, an unidentified engineer in his 30s, left the nuptial bed and announced to the still partying wedding guests that his bride had lied...The next day, he approached a lawyer about annulling the marriage. The bride, then a nursing student in her 20s, confessed and agreed to an annulment...In secular, republican France, the case touches on several delicate subjects: the intrusion of religion into daily life; the grounds for dissolution of a marriage; and the equality of the sexes.
New York Times Jun 11, 2008 Pakistan Blames U.S. Coalition for Troops' Deaths
QUOTE: The Pakistani army blamed the troop deaths on a U.S. airstrike and condemned an attack it said "had hit at the very basis of cooperation" in the countries' joint battle against terrorism. The army statement called the airstrike "unprovoked and cowardly" and said that Pakistan's army maintained "the right to protect our citizens and soldiers against aggression."
Washington Post Jun 03, 2008 Danish Embassy Attack in Pakistan Kills at Least 6
QUOTE: The bomb was the second effort to target foreigners in Islamabad in the last few months and came as the civilian government has signed a series of peace deals with Islamic militants in the nation’s tribal areas.
New York Times Jun 02, 2008 Taliban Leader Flaunts Power Inside Pakistan
QUOTE: Mr. Mehsud’s jaunty appearance in his home base, South Waziristan, a particularly unruly region of Pakistan’s tribal areas, underscored the wide latitude Pakistan’s government has granted the militants under a new series of peace deals, and its impact in Afghanistan, where NATO and American commanders say cross-border attacks have surged since talks for those peace deals began in March.
New York Times Jun 02, 2008 Hezbollah Hands Over Purported Israeli Remains
QUOTE: Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group based in Lebanon, transferred the remains in a coffinlike container across the Lebanon-Israel border via intermediaries with the International Committee of the Red Cross. At the same time, Israel sent back across the border a Lebanese civilian, Nissim Nasser, 41, who had completed a six-year prison term in Israel for spying for Hezbollah.
New York Times May 30, 2008 U.S. Withdraws Fulbright Grants to Gaza
QUOTE: Israel has isolated this coastal strip, which is run by the militant group Hamas. Given that policy, the United States Consulate in Jerusalem said the grant money had been “redirected” to students elsewhere out of concern that it would go to waste if the Palestinian students were forced to remain in Gaza.
New York Times May 30, 2008 Marine in Iraq Suspended Over Coins Quoting Gospel
QUOTE: criticized U.S. troops, whom many in the city view as occupiers, for acting like Christian missionaries. He said the coins were part of a pattern of insensitivity toward Muslims, citing the outcry this month over a U.S. sniper in Baghdad who used a Koran, Islam's holiest book, as a target for practice.
Washington Post May 28, 2008 A Scary Prank About Al Qaeda and W.M.D. (The Lede)
QUOTE: A few hours after the story broke, Evan Kohlmann, a terrorism expert who closely tracks Al Qaeda, posted a blog item dismissing the threat as a prank: The intel community appears to have (once again) fallen victim to poorly researched open source news reporting …
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