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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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 …
New York Times May 28, 2008 Search Is Urged for Syrian Nuclear Sites
QUOTE: The Bush administration is pressing U.N. inspectors to broaden their search for possible secret nuclear facilities in Syria, hinting that Damascus's nuclear program might be bigger than the single alleged reactor destroyed by Israeli warplanes last year.
Washington Post May 27, 2008 Governing Body Suspends Iraqi Soccer Association
QUOTE: The suspension by soccer’s governing body had its roots in a decision last week by the Iraqi government to disband the Iraqi Olympic Committee. The cabinet determined that the committee was operating illegally, because it lacked a quorum and had failed to hold new elections, a government spokesman said.
New York Times May 26, 2008 Atomic Monitor Signals Concern Over Iran’s Work
QUOTE: The nine-page report accused the Iranians of a willful lack of cooperation, particularly in answering allegations that its nuclear program may be intended more for military use than for energy generation.
New York Times May 24, 2008 Food Costs Push Bangladesh to Brink of Unrest
QUOTE: Frustrations over inflation have become increasingly common here, particularly among garment workers such as Dulalmia who, while never well off, had at least managed to feed themselves. Many now fear, however, that those frustrations could ultimately undermine the stability of the entire country, one of the world's poorest.
Washington Post May 03, 2008 Iran denies militia backing in Iraq
QUOTE: Al-Abadi is a parliament member from the ruling United Iraqi Alliance and a member of al-Maliki's Dawa party. He said Saturday that the five-member delegation presented the Iranians with evidence of "weapon and explosive device smuggling, and the existence of training camps for Iraqi militants in Iran." The Iraqis also supplied "proof that most of the Basra outlaw leadership had fled into Iran" after a military operation that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki launched this year against Shiite militias in the southern city, al-Abadi said. Al-Abadi did not explain what the "evidence" was. The Iranian officials "completely denied ... training, financing and arming" militant groups in Iraq, al-Abadi said.They maintained that Iran controls its border with Iraq and that weapons are not smuggled into the neighboring country. The Iranians also said they take in Iraqis who are seeking refuge, al-Abadi said. He said the Iranians insisted that the weapons and explosives are already in Iraq and suggested that others are trying to stir up trouble between the two countries by forging weapons with Iranian markings.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 15, 2008 'Sports is My Life, My Passion': A Drive Toward the Goal Of Greater Freedom: Basketball Team Resists Saudi Restrictions on Female Athletes
QUOTE: Saudi Arabia is one of the few countries competing in the Olympics without a female delegation. Though the kingdom has come under increasing pressure from the International Olympic Committee to include women on its team, many in this deeply patriarchal and traditional society agree with the restrictions, believing that allowing female athletes could lead to Western-style independence for women and an erosion of established culture.
Washington Post Mar 10, 2008 Petroleum Feeds Patriarchy (Department of Human Behavior)
QUOTE: Our gas-guzzling ways have long been associated with a variety of problems, but disturbing evidence now points to a new dimension of our love affair with petroleum: Oil consumption and high oil prices hurt the political, social and economic development of millions of women in oil-producing nations.
Washington Post Mar 05, 2008 Inside Islam, a woman's roar: Wazhma Frogh, an Afghan, uses her religion to press for women's rights – and development agencies take note.
QUOTE: Where rigid interpretations of Islam relegate women to second-class status, [one Afghan woman] uses rhetorical jujitsu to turn religious arguments on their heads and win women's rights. Her steely determination has earned her attention in Washington.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 08, 2008 Iraqi women must cover hair, skip blush -- or else
QUOTE: "Politically active women, those who did not follow a strict dress code, and women [who are] human rights defenders [are] increasingly at risk of abuses, including by armed groups and religious extremists," [according to Amnesty International].
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 31, 2008 Saudi Women See a Brighter Road on Rights: Group Says King May Lift Driving Ban by Year's End
QUOTE: Buoyed by recent advances in women's rights, advocates for the right of women to drive in Saudi Arabia...say they believe the ban will be lifted this year. But... many believe that allowing women the right to drive could lead to Western-style openness and an erosion of traditional values.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2008 ’05 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions
QUOTE: ...the previously undisclosed incident [Blackwater Worldwide's use of CS gas] has raised significant new questions about the role of private security contractors in Iraq, and whether they operate under the same rules of engagement and international treaty obligations that the American military observes.
New York Times Nov 09, 2007 Iraq's new crisis: Moms, dads abandoning kids
QUOTE: Hakki says the spike in numbers of abandoned children is especially alarming, the result of sectarian violence and drastic socio-economic problems. The majority of parents in Iraq, he says, leave their children with a single relative who often has about 20 to 30 children to look after. Some parents just leave their kids altogether.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 07, 2007 Gay Muslims Find Freedom, of a Sort, in the U.S.
QUOTE: For gay Muslims, change may come via a nascent body of scholarship in minority Muslim communities where the reassessment of sacred texts used to damn homosexuality is gaining momentum.
New York Times Nov 06, 2007 Iraqi Police Barracks Go Unrepaired
QUOTE: The project also became an argument for the value of government oversight when, in response to the inspectors’ findings, a Parsons executive told Congress in September 2006 that the company would fix the problems at no cost to the United States. Parsons now says that it did so, directing an Iraqi subcontractor to correct deficiencies at no additional charge.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Syria Shuts Main Exit From War for Iraqis
QUOTE: Long the only welcoming country in the region for Iraqi refugees, Syria has closed its borders to all but a small group of Iraqis and imposed new visa rules that will legally require the 1.5 million Iraqis currently in Syria to return to Iraq.
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 Baghdad's New Owners: Shiites now dominate the once mixed capital, and there is little chance of reversing the process
QUOTE: Thousands of other Sunnis like Kamal have been cleared out of the western half of Baghdad, which they once dominated, in recent months. The surge of U.S. troops—meant in part to halt the sectarian cleansing of the Iraqi capital—has hardly stemmed the problem.
MSNBC Aug 29, 2007 Iran summons diplomat, demands answers after U.S. arrests
QUOTE: The Swiss diplomat was called and "Iran presented its strong protest to U.S. behavior which is contradictory to the international laws and regulations and asked for explanations," Hosseini said, according to IRNA.. Because the United States has no diplomatic relations with Tehran, the Swiss charge d'affaires represents U.S. interests in the Islamic republic.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 20, 2007 India's Lower Castes Seek Social Progress In Global Job Market
QUOTE: The debate on affirmative action in India is similar to the one in the United States in terms of discrimination and ways to end it. But in India, those who experience discrimination, especially in rural areas, are the majority and are ruled by an elite.
Washington Post Aug 14, 2007 Hamas Security Forces Beat Protesters in Gaza
QUOTE: the crackdown was the latest in a series of moves to suppress opposing voices...
Washington Post Aug 08, 2007 Soldiers' refusal to heed West Bank evacuation orders roils Israel
QUOTE: Israel is awash in debate over whether its army can tolerate soldiers who won't carry out orders they oppose ideologically. The answer from the army is no; it is sending those soldiers to jail.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 31, 2007 A Dismal Picture of Life in Iraq: Nearly a Third of Population Needs Emergency Aid, Report Says
QUOTE: Seventy percent of Iraqi residents lack adequate water supplies, compared with 50 percent in 2003, while more than 4 million people have been displaced during that time. Yet funding for humanitarian assistance in Iraq has declined precipitously...
Washington Post Jul 10, 2007 As War Enters Classrooms, Fear Grips Afghans
QUOTE: Shootings, beheadings, burnings and bombings: these are all tools of intimidation used by the Taliban and others to shut down hundreds of Afghanistan’s public schools.
New York Times Jul 10, 2007 US faced with Iraqi Army turncoats: Foot soldiers and US commanders say Iraq's security forces include officers working with insurgents.
QUOTE: an emerging foe may be helping to erode many of the successes the Americans are having in the three-week-old operation "Arrowhead Ripper."
Christian Science Monitor Jul 07, 2007 U.N. Decries Neglect of Iraqi Refugees: Increased Support Urged for Leading Host Countries Syria and Jordan
QUOTE: U.N. refugee officials on Friday accused donor countries of neglecting the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Iraq flooding into neighboring Syria and Jordan.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2007 The Press Faces Climate of Fear in Gaza
QUOTE: Freedom of the press is always a tricky proposition in the Middle East; here, as elsewhere, it belongs only to those who own one…
MSNBC Jul 05, 2007 In India, Protecting a Whistle-Blower
QUOTE: “The people who are supposed to be controlling corruption and fighting on behalf of the poor, they are sucking blood out of the poor,” Ms. Jayashree said in the interview.
New York Times Jul 03, 2007 Militias, bribes tip scales as Iraqis take final exams: Graduation tests for middle and high schools end Tuesday.
QUOTE: Over the past two weeks, Iraq has seen an unprecedented level of interference by militias and insurgents as students have taken national exams for middle and high school diplomas. Cheating and bribing have also marred the process – as have threats by parents to uncooperative teachers.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 28, 2007 Israel Drops Rape Charges as President Agrees to Quit
QUOTE: The Israeli government has dropped rape charges against President Moshe Katsav in exchange for his agreement to step down and to plead guilty to lesser charges… [but] a commentator on legal affairs for Israel Radio, said the attorney general’s statement had raised more questions than it had answered.
New York Times Jun 14, 2007 Former U.N. Envoy Chides U.S., Israel For Hamas Efforts
QUOTE: The United Nations' former top Middle East envoy has sharply criticized U.S. and Israeli efforts to isolate the Hamas-led Palestinian government, saying the policy has further radicalized Palestinian opinion and undercut long-term efforts to establish a viable Palestinian state.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2007 Iran May Know of Weapons for Taliban, Gates Contends
QUOTE: The flow of illicit weapons from Iran to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan has reached such large quantities that it suggests that the shipments are taking place with the knowledge of the government in Tehran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday.
New York Times May 24, 2007 Saudis arrest Christian for entering Mecca
QUOTE: Saudi officials have arrested a man in Mecca for being a Christian, saying that the city, which Muslims consider to be holy, is off-limits to non-Muslims.
May 12, 2007 Billions in Oil Missing in Iraq, U.S. Study Says
QUOTE: Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq’s declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft American government report. Using an average of $50 a barrel, the report said the discrepancy was valued at $5 million to $15 million daily.
New York Times May 09, 2007 Tehran Jails Iranian American Scholar After Long House Arrest
QUOTE: Esfandiari, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who has lived in the United States for more than a quarter-century, has been under virtual house arrest since December, when the government refused to allow her to leave Iran after visiting her 93-year-old mother.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 Afghan News Media Find Foes on All Sides: Violence, Politics, Imperil Press Freedom
QUOTE: In recent months, the Afghan press...has come under attack from all quarters of this conflicted and confused society. The greatest physical danger comes from the insurgents, who regularly attempt to use local journalists as conduits for their declarations but also target them for kidnappings and bombings.
Washington Post May 05, 2007 Iraq Reimposes Freeze on Medical Diplomas In Bid to Keep Doctors From Fleeing Abroad
QUOTE: Iraq is hemorrhaging doctors as violence racks the nation. To stem the flow, the Iraqi government has recently taken a cue from Saddam Hussein: Medical schools are once again forbidden to issue diplomas and transcripts to new graduates.
Washington Post Apr 25, 2007 A comic about truth, justice, and the Islamic way: Muslim superheroes populate a new comic book designed to entertain – and serve a serious purpose
QUOTE: In light of international uproar in 2005 over Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, a comic book about Muslim superheroes is sensitive terrain. The 99 is currently banned in Saudi Arabia, for example, because religious censors allege it attempts to give a face to God – something Islam absolutely prohibits. But al-Mutawa doesn't see The 99 as a comic about Islam so much as a culturally relevant way to inspire youth in a part of the world that doesn't get much positive press.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 21, 2007 U.S. Erects Baghdad Wall to Keep Sects Apart
QUOTE: Soldiers in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad, a Sunni Arab stronghold, began construction of the wall last week and expect to finish it within a month. Iraqi Army soldiers would then control movement through a few checkpoints. The wall has already drawn intense criticism from residents of the neighborhood, who say that it will increase sectarian tensions and that it is part of a plan by the Shiite-led Iraqi government to box in the minority Sunnis.
New York Times Apr 12, 2007 Civilian Claims on U.S. Suggest the Toll of War
QUOTE: They [the claims] represent only a small fraction of the claims filed. In all, the military has paid more than $32 million to Iraqi and Afghan civilians for noncombat-related killings, injuries and property damage, an Army spokeswoman said. That figure does not include condolence payments made at a unit commander’s discretion.
New York Times Mar 14, 2007 West Bank Sites on Private Land, Data Shows
QUOTE: The data shows a pattern of illegal seizure of private land that the Israeli government has been reluctant to acknowledge or to prosecute, according to the Peace Now report. Israel has long asserted that it fully respects Palestinian private property in the West Bank and takes land there only legally or, for security reasons, temporarily. That large sections of those settlements are now confirmed by official data to be privately held land is bound to create embarrassment for Israel and further complicate the already distant prospect of a negotiated peace.
New York Times Feb 23, 2007 Park Sentenced to 5 Years in U.N. Oil-for-Food Bribery Scandal: South Korean Businessman Had Promised to Get Sanctions Eased for Hussein's Government
QUOTE: Park, 71, admitted taking more than $2.5 million from Saddam Hussein's government to bribe senior U.N. officials to persuade them to ease economic sanctions against Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He was convicted in July of acting as an unregistered agent of Iraq...
Washington Post Feb 17, 2007 Jailed 2 Years, Iraqi Tells of Abuse by Americans
QUOTE: After his release from the American-run jail, Camp Bucca, Mr. Ani and other former detainees described the sprawling complex of barracks in the southern desert near Kuwait as a bleak place where guards casually used their stun guns and exposed prisoners to long periods of extreme heat and cold; where prisoners fought among themselves and extremist elements tried to radicalize others; and where detainees often responded to the harsh conditions with hunger strikes and, at times, violent protests.
New York Times Dec 14, 2006 Why Israel maintains nuclear ambiguity: Ehud Olmert's apparent admission that Israel has nukes calls into question the country's longtime vow of silence.
QUOTE: fragility of one of Israel's most finely tuned defense policies, a doctrine of nuclear ambiguity that has enabled Israel to deter foes for decades in a region with only one alleged nuclear power.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 08, 2006 U.N. Cites Arab World's 'Empty Gestures' on Women
QUOTE: Arab governments have "announced a host of reforms targeting freedom and good governance," the report says. But "reforms often seemed empty gestures to cover up the continuation of an oppressive status quo."
Washington Post Dec 07, 2006 Carter Book on Israel 'Apartheid' Sparks Bitter Debate: Scholar Resigns From Ga. Center
QUOTE: '[Carter's book] concludes that "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land." Kenneth W. Stein, a professor at Emory University, accused Carter of factual errors, omissions and plagiarism in the book.'
Washington Post Aug 23, 2006 Nation Faltering, Afghans’ Leader Draws Criticism
QUOTE: After months of widespread frustration with corruption, the economy and a lack of justice and security, doubts about President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, and by extension the American-led effort to rebuild that nation, have led to a crisis of confidence.
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