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Hassan Nasrallah Steps Out of Hiding (Briefly)

Well, they’ve obviously got some good catering going on in the bunker. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, thecapo di tutti capi of Hezbollah-choked south Lebanon, has emerged from the hideout he’s been living in since the Israelis chased him out of sight in 2006. He took a stroll this morning — surrounded by a dense crowd of dozens of bodyguards […]

Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets and Pulls Its Arsenal Out of Syria

President Obama’s speech last month, in which he handed the Palestinians the unprecedented option of using the 1967 lines as a precondition for peace negotiations with Israel, was viewed by many as evidence of his irredeemable bias — indeed, as a sign of his desertion of Israel. He has also taken heat for his toothless […]

How Do You Say “Chutzpah” In Farsi?

Iran, which has sent gunmen and equipment to assist friend Assad in picking off his citizens, and whose proxy Hezbollah — at Assad’s behest — is executing Syrian soldiers who refuse to kill their countrymen, and which brutally crushed its own domestic dissent, has accused the US and her allies of meddling in the Syrian […]

Syria Update: “The regime is prepared to massacre everyone”

The Assad regime has sharply ratcheted up its crackdown on Syrian civilians, and reports are emerging that Iranians and Hezbollah members are assisting them. That assistance, according to several reports including that of a Syrian defector interviewed on camera, entails shooting Syrian soldiers in the back who refuse to fire on protesters. Assad has dispatched tanks […]

Naksa Day 2011: IDF Clashes With Protesters

Nakba Day, or “Day of the Catastrophe,” was the day the Arabs commemorated the disaster of Israel’s creation in 1948. Today is Naksa Day, on which they commemorate the disaster of Israel’s victory in 1967. (“Naksa” translates roughly to “setback.”) The Lebanese army, perhaps in response to a warning from Israel, has shut down access to […]

Naqba Day Reflections from Hamas and Others

Ismail Haniyeh, the PM of Hamas and renewed partner of the Palestinian Authority as it pursues statehood for Palestine, addressed 10,000 people at Gaza City’s al-Omari mosque today to commemorate Naqba Day. “Palestinians mark the Naqba with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine,” he said. “Palestinians have the right to resist Israeli […]

Naqba Day 2011

Today was the Day of the Naqba, or Day of the Catastrophe, as the Arab world refers to the creation of the state of Israel. Anti-Israel demonstrations took place in Israel’s neighboring countries, and violence erupted inside the country as well. In a particularly aggressive move, hundreds of pro-Palestinian Syrians broke through the fence separating Syria […]

Assad’s Fall Should Be an American Strategic Goal

And not just because helping folks fight bad guys is the right thing to do. Syrian dissident Farid Ghadry is the founder of the US-based Reform Party of Syria, which has been advocating regime change for a long time. He takes no prisoners in his recent blog post on the world’s response to the slaughter of Syrians […]

You Don’t Say

The Americans have decided that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not a viable peace partner for Israel after all. Well, as long as we got that cleared up.   Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Subscribe to the comments on this […]

Mideast Roundup: Syria, Israel, Palestine

My kids are on their two-and-a-half-week Passover vacation, so I’ve been unable to get enough alone time in my office to post much lately. My husband just took them all swimming, though, so I have a brief window. This one is hot off the presses: Syria is lifting the emergency laws that have been in place […]