Tag Archives: middle east

Libya Announces Halt to Military Operations

Libya announced a “immediate” cease-fire and a halt to military action Friday, hours after the U.N. Security Council authorized the use of force to protect besieged civilians in Libya. Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said Libya is “obliged to accept … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Gas Up 34 cents in 13 Days

The unrest in the Middle East has pumped up the price of oil and gas. The GOP plans to dampen the recovery by cutting spending. The second half of the double dip now looms. Gas prices continued to rise Monday, driven … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Middle East Protests, by Country

BBC News has an excellent interactive map of the protests in the Middle East. BBC News – Middle East protests: Country by country Update: The New York Times also has a survey here: Middle East Protests: A Country-by-Country Look – Interactive … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations, Politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Slapping Down the Waves…

… Does Not Calm the Water As usual, Juan Cole sees and says it best. The LAT reports that the rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi’s 41-year dictatorship in Libya headed toward an end-game on Wednesday, as Misurata, the country’s third-largest city … Continue reading

Posted in Diplomacy, International Relations, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“An Open Prison”

from BigThink, boldface emphasis added: Israel is watching the fast moving events in the Maghreb with a sense of real trepidation. The old order is breaking like the Arctic ice under the thawing rays of the first Spring Sun. Whether … Continue reading

Posted in Diplomacy, History, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Domino We Really Do Not Want to Fall

From Politico: For decades, experts have warned about the fragility of the House of Saud. To curtail their opposition, Saudi monarchs have placated their subjects with cradle-to-grave, petrodollar-funded entitlement programs, while taming the Wahhabi establishment through charitable contributions to religious … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, International Relations, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“Egyptian Government Figures Join Protesters”

The headline says it all. Egyptian Government Figures Join Protesters With signs of fracturing within Egypt’s ruling elite, hundreds of thousands of people packed Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Friday, chanting slogans, bowing in prayer and waving Egyptian flags to press … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Comment, Diplomacy, History, Politics | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Shaken, Not Stirred

Quickly now: name a common household item that has 15 times the energy density of gunpowder and 10 times that of TNT. That would be gasoline, the active ingredient in the Molotov cocktail. Here is an Egyptian tank getting a … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Comment, History, Physics, Science, Technology | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Middle East: Iran Meltdown

Many of the governments is the Middle East are melting down. How about the possibility of a real meltdown, of a nuclear plant? For those trying to avoid the Apocalypse, here’s the good news: a computer worm that attacked Iran’s … Continue reading

Posted in International Relations, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Middle East, Egypt: A Note on Coverage

This story is everywhere on all the news channels. There is no need for me to cover breaking news everywhere available. If I spot something I think more deeply significant, or run across a particularly compelling analysis, I will take … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Comment, International Relations, Politics | Tagged , , | Leave a comment