While we here in America rest secure in our homes, largely free from the scourge of want or shortage, we’ve become immune from and blissfully ignorant of what may well be the cause of future wars around the world: water. Joe Sixpack, when he turns on the faucet at his kitchen sink, doesn’t often think [...]
AFP — US satellites have detected a large loss of fresh water reserves in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins during a seven-year period beginning in 2003, a new study has found.
The river basins, which water parts of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, have lost almost as much water as is in the Dead [...]
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited what should be nominally friendly territory: Cairo, Egypt. Not so much, it turns out:
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, endured the humiliation of having a shoe thrown at him today as his visit to Egypt turned sour.
The trip, the first by an Iranian leader since the overthrow of [...]
McClatchy Newspapers, By Adam Baron, December 27
Sana’a, Yemen — In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, Yemen – home to al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula – has come close to eclipsing Pakistan as a key focus of American counter-terrorism efforts.
In 2011, then-CIA director David Petraeus characterized the group as [...]
Demonstrators call for parliament to be dissolved after poll boycotted by the opposition.
Al Jazeera, December 9
Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis have staged a peaceful protest against the parliament elected last week under voting rules deemed unfair by the opposition.
The opposition supporters demonstrated for the second week in a row as police watched [...]
This is a new regular feature compiling articles about the region from multiple sources. Post your news links and comments about the Middle East on this thread and we’ll start a new one every time the last one gets too full. Regards, The Agonist Team.
Israel’s shame: Children, the true victims
In Gaza, [...]
Middle East Online, By Assaad Abboud
Saudi government is now monitoring women electronically by informing their male guardians about their cross-border movements. More at the link
More news from the Middle East
*Gaza ceasefire holds but mistrust runs deep
*Many Israelis denounce cease-fire accord: say job is unfinished
*Another soft coup: Morsi grants himself far-reaching [...]
NYT (via AP),
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian official says the country’s military prosecutor has charged 89 activists with inciting violent revolt, after protests over price hikes swept through the U.S.-allied kingdom last week.
He says a total of 158 men in their 20s and 30s were arrested during riots that began on Tuesday [...]
Guardian, By Martin Shulov
Feuding factions finally put aside differences to agree deal combining Syrian National Council with smaller groups
Qatar and Turkey, two of the Syrian opposition’s biggest international backers, have called for other states to endorse an umbrella deal signed on Sunday night that unites feuding anti-Assad groups and paves a way for [...]
The Telegraph, By Damian Thompson, November 2
Imagine that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – has been taken over by Cromwellian Puritans. The new owners of the shrine plan to send bulldozers in, replacing the old church with a monstrous building [...]
Washington Post, By Craig Whitlock
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti — Around the clock, about 16 times a day, drones take off or land at a U.S. military base here, the combat hub for the Obama administration’s counterterrorism wars in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
Some of the unmanned aircraft are bound for Somalia, [...]
Reuters, By Andrew Hammond
The resilience of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), despite increased U.S. drone strikes to eliminate militants, is worrying for top oil exporter Saudi Arabia next door and the security of major shipping lanes in the seas off Yemen.
When a nationwide uprising against autocratic rule erupted last year, tying [...]
Kuwait‘s rulers have banned public gatherings of more than 20 people after clashes between riot police and demonstrators over electoral law changes that opposition figures labelled a “constitutional coup”.
The protests on Sunday were among the largest ever seen in the Gulf state. The gathering of more than 20,000 people was dispersed with [...]
Reuters, By Mohammed Ghobari, October 11
Sana’a – Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni security chief on his way to work at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, in an attack a Yemeni security source said appeared to be the work of al Qaeda.
The incident was the latest of a wave of attacks [...]
AP, Ahmed Al Haj, October 10
SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s security forces have detained a U.S. citizen suspected of having links to al-Qaida, a Yemeni official said Wednesday.
Authorities arrested the suspect Monday in a hotel in the southern city of Shabwa, which was an al-Qaida stronghold until a military offensive earlier this [...]