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Friday, den 8. February 2013

A prominent Egyptian Salafi preacher justified sexual assaults again female protesters, claiming women “ are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped ” in a video posted online Wednesday. The preacher, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah (also known as “Abu Islam”) is the owner of a private television channel called “al-Ummah” and has previously been accused of defaming Christianity for comments made to the press and destroying bibles in front of the U.S.

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Sunday, den 16. September 2012

Liz Cheney claimed on Fox News today that President Obama “refuses to give a meeting to” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Netanyahu himself stated hours earlier on NBC’s Meet The Press that Obama has “met with me more than any other leader in the world and I appreciate that.” While appearing on America’s News HQ , Cheney was asked for examples of America not being a reliable ally. Cheney responded by claiming that Obama “has reportedly offered to host a meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt” but “refuses to give a meeting to Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

There could not have been a more striking week for Salman Rushdie to discuss how his life changed after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a fatwa on him for writing The Satanic Verses than this one.

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Friday, den 14. September 2012

The U.N. reported this month that more than 100,000 Syrians fled their country in August due to the increasing violence in the civil war there

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Wednesday, den 22. August 2012

– The New York Times reports : “Nearly nine years passed before American forces reached their first 1,000 dead in the war. The second 1,000 came just 27 months later, a testament to the intensity of fighting prompted by President Obama’s decision to send 33,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in 2010, a policy known as the surge.” – Yet the war in Afghanistan is getting scant attention in the U.S. media and election debates

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Saturday, den 11. August 2012

Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad named his minister of health as the new prime minister of his government yesterday, replacing caretaker Omar Ghalaounji who was appointed just three days ago following the defection of …

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Tuesday, den 7. August 2012

Sunday’s attacks on the the Gaza-Egypt-Israel border — in which gunmen stormed the Rafah border crossing, killed 16 Egyptian security officers, and then smashed through a barrier into Israel before being stopped and killed by Israeli forces — highlights the serious danger posed by an increasingly lawless Sinai region, in which extremists are gaining a stronger foothold. Issander El Amrani has a good post on what is known about how the attacks went down, and the response by Israeli, Palestinian, and Egyptian authorities. What’s most worrying, according to El Amrani, “ is the lack of law and order , and presence of the state, in Sinai since the January 2011 uprising — and the continuing absence of policies to deal with the neglect of this region for the last 30 years.” I wrote about this last September and continue to believe that Egypt needs to act to reimpose itself strongly in the area : through a zero-tolerance for criminal gangs and armed groups, Bedouin or foreign, and through a genuine policy of development, job-creation and integration of Sinai into the national economy

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

New Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has formed a new government, state TV reported on Wednesday. The 34 new ministers will be swearing their oath to President Mohamed Morsi.

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Thursday, den 26. July 2012

Nama Khalil During the democratic uprisings that began in the Arab world in 2011, the entire world has focused on Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria. read more

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Wednesday, den 18. July 2012

Dick Cheney’s re-emergence tour continued today with a visit to Capitol Hill to get Republicans “ ginned up ” to prevent automatic cuts to military spending that are supposed to take effect early next year. Politico reports that in a meeting with Senate Republicans this afternoon, Cheney provided some words of wisdom based on his experience as Secretary of Defense during the George H.W

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Wednesday, den 11. July 2012

The Hill reported this afternoon that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wants to hear more from Mitt Romney on foreign policy, particularly the Arab Spring: “It’s an economic-driven election; I can understand his policy team saying stay on the economy,” Graham told reporters. “ I do wish Romney would speak more about how Syria and Iran, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, how all of this comes together to go one way or the other .

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Friday, den 6. July 2012

A draft Senate bill proposed by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) would condition U.S

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Thursday, den 5. July 2012

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 198 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, June Thomas, and Julia Turner by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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Wednesday, den 4. July 2012

You know what Spider-Man movie I’d like to see? (Given that there has to be one every five years, which I guess, constitutionally, there now does.) I’d like to see Tobey Maguire as the puny-youth-turned-masked-vigilante Peter Parker, and Kirsten Dunst as his true love Mary Jane Watson, show us the Spidermans as a thirtysomething couple.

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Wednesday, den 4. July 2012

As Fourth of July rolls around, and we predictably reflect on all things American, I reflected about the one thing that makes me (officially, sort of) American: my green card. I look at it, and it’s hard not to wonder, why isn’t my green card green?

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Wednesday, den 4. July 2012

Fireworks shows will be the highlight millions of Americans’ Fourth of July celebrations. Back in 2009, Troy Patterson denigrated the “nonsense” tradition that has been an integral part of commemorating Independence Day since 1777.

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Monday, den 2. July 2012

– The European Union’s embargo of Iranian oil went into effect on Sunday in what many experts regard “ as the best hope for forcing Iran to change” course on its nuclear program. – Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) had a clear lead over his rivals in exit polls and a “quick count” conducted by electoral authorities yesterday. The PRI had been out of power for 12 years and previously ruled Mexico for decades .

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Tuesday, den 26. June 2012

Romney adviser Dov Zakheim According to experts at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Mitt Romney’s proposed defense budget would boost military spending to $945 billion by 2021 — 53% more than Obama’s defense budget plan for that year — despite polling data showing the U.S. public wants cuts in Pentagon spending. This could amount to $2 trillion in additional military spending within the next decade.

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Monday, den 25. June 2012

On Sunday, election monitors declared Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi the victor in Egypt’s first democratic election since Hosni Mubarak stepped down 16 months ago amidst the Arab Spring protests. At least one US congressman is not happy about the news, and once again has resorted to anti-Muslim rhetoric in the process. Allen West (R-FL) took to his Facebook page and called the Arab Spring a “radical Islamic nightmare,” before proposing that the United States reaffirm support for “Coptic Christians and Israel” and cut off foreign aid for Egypt: I call upon President Barack Obama to cut off American foreign aid to Egypt , denounce the results of this election, repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood, and all radical Islamist political entities.

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Sunday, den 24. June 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi has won Egypt’s presidential election says the country’s electoral commission.

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Saturday, den 23. June 2012

Gwynne Dyer “If we find that SCAF (the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) stands firm against us as we try to fulfill the fulfill the demands of the revolution,” said Fatema AbouZeid of the Muslim Brotherhood as the final results of Egypt’s presidential election last weekend rolled in, “we will go back to the streets and escalate things peacefully to the highest possible level.” read more

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Thursday, den 21. June 2012

From: Allison Kilkenny Allison Kilkenny Thousands of doctors strike in the UK over changes to their pensions. Are they greedy, or does society have skewed priorities?

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Monday, den 4. June 2012

Thousands of Egyptians poured into the streets on Saturday, a day after a court sentenced former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to a life prison sentence, enraging protesters who hoped to see the fallen strongman receive the death penalty for his failure to stop the killing of protesters during Egypt’s uprising. He and his sons were acquitted of corruption charges. By Sunday morning, several hundred protesters were still demonstrating in Cairo’s Tahrir square, committing to stay until the deaths of those killed by security forces last year are avenged. See the chaos in the courtroom after the verdict was delivered:

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Tuesday, den 29. May 2012

– International pressure against Syria intensified on Monday as United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan began negotiations in Damascus in an attempt to revive his peace plan which appeared more precarious than ever after the massacre of at least 108 villagers. – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey warned on Sunday that ongoing violence in Syria could make military intervention more likely. – The likelihood of a nuclear breakthrough with Iran appeared to dim after last week’s talks in Baghdad failed to deliver results leading Iran, this week, to a take harsher tone, saying that the Islamic Republic won’t halt enrichment of uranium or reduce it below a 20% threshold, a central demand of the international community in Baghdad. – A new Gallup poll found that Mitt Romney leads President Obama among veterans. Fifty-eight percent of veterans polled said they preferred Romney while 34 percent said Obama. – The New York Times reports : “The presidential campaign headquarters of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister burst into flames Monday night as demonstrators marched in the streets protesting that former official’s confirmation as one of two candidates to advance to Egypt’s runoff election.”

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Wednesday, den 9. May 2012

Fox News contributor and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow has a weekly segment on Fox & Friends called “Normal or Nuts,” in which he takes viewers’ emails about their odd traits and then declares them either “normal” or “nuts.” Usually these complaints fall into the category of personality quirks; for example, today’s segment included a viewer asking if it was normal to have a crush on her sister’s husband. But one of the emails this morning took an odd turn, when a viewer asked if it was normal that they were planning to “move to a doomsday unit in case of an attack.” The viewer went on to describe their “safety silo” as having “space to store dry food for years” and being able to “run on wind power.” After co-host Gretchen Carlson read the email, which concluded with the viewer asking if the “safety silo” was “just craziness,” Ablow reassured the viewer that, while he wished he could call the viewer “nuts,” it made sense because a group of unnamed wealthy people had a plan to flee the country “in case things get so wildly out of control with the government taking over that there’s no individual liberty left”: CARLSON (reading question): OK. I may move to a doomsday unit in case of an attack, my new home will have 9 foot thick concrete walls, run on wind power, and with space to store dry food for years. Is a safety silo just craziness? ABLOW: No, you know, I wish it were. I honestly wish it were. I wish I could sit here and say, “Boy, that’s so crazy.” But I got to tell you, people with lots of money, they must be really crazy, because they’re getting houses outside this country to flee to in case things get so wildly out of control with the government taking control that there’s no individual liberty left. So this isn’t craziness, but the question is wouldn’t you rather build walls of steel in your character? That’s never vulnerable. Ablow’s diagnosis?

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Thursday, den 26. April 2012

Egypt’s National Council for Women is urging Egypt’s parliament not to approve two controversial laws reducing the minimum age of marriage to 14 and allowing a husband to have sex with his dead wife within six hours of her death. Egypt’s Islamist dominated parliament is to introduce the legislation which critics say is anti-female and “catastrophic.” The Council charges that “marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development.” Lawmakers are also seeking to eliminate decade old reforms which allowed women to end unhappy or abusive marriage without interference from their husbands.

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Monday, den 16. January 2012

After the Emir of Qatar called for an Arab League military intervention in Syria, he was bolstered by two former top Arab officials — Amr Moussa, the Egyptian former Arab League secretary-general, and Saad Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister. “The Arab League council will meet very soon to study the issue of replacing the monitoring mission with an Arab military force to separate between the army and civilians,” Moussa told the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper on the sidelines of a conference. “We should not rule out any proposal from the head of an Arab state.” Hariri, in response to a question about the Qatari Emir’s call, tweeted : “I am all for it.” (HT: Adam Makary )

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Tuesday, den 3. January 2012

AP – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is courting young voters as he seeks to surprise his rivals with a strong showing in the states leadoff precinct caucuses.

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – For Mitt Romney, its another day, another rival.

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – Iowa may help winnow the field, but it will be New Hampshire that sends a clear message about which Republican presidential hopeful is the most electable, Jon Huntsman said Sunday.

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – Struggling to reverse a slide in his standing, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich said Sunday hed been “Romney-boated” in Iowa and suggested his GOP rival would buy the presidency if he could. read more

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – Desperate for a late lift in Iowa, Republican Michele Bachmann is increasingly stressing a distinction in the presidential field: Shes the only woman competing for the nomination.

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – Bullish yet wary, President Barack Obama is highlighting recent economic bright spots while taking care not to overstate a recovery that still has not put millions back to work.

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Monday, den 2. January 2012

AP – The New York Giants and New York Jets share an NFL stadium but their owners don’t share political views. read more

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

AP – Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda and may even benefit in his re read more

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

AP – Riot police in Bahrain clashed with reform activists Saturday in one of the most widespread days of protest in the Gulf kingdom for months, firing rubber bullets and filling the air with stinging tear gas. read more

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

AP – So much for Iowa Nice. Its more like Iowa Nasty.

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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Sunday, den 1. January 2012

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