Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Continuing Nazi Influence on Arab Attitudes

By | 2013-11-30T19:27:41-04:00 November 30th, 2013|Op-Eds|

Interview with political scientist, Dr. Matthias Kuentzel: "Nazi influence upon the Middle East is nevertheless almost systematically overlooked by Middle East and Islam scholars."   “Significant elements of Nazi Germany’s influence on the Middle East have remained until today. This also affects current conflicts in the region.   “In 1937, Great Britain proposed to divide

Clashes and flames in fresh Egypt unrest

By | 2013-11-30T01:39:26-04:00 November 30th, 2013|News|

A police station was set on fire in Cairo and more than 180 protesters arrested when heavy clashes erupted between supporters of ousted President Mohammad Mursi and security forces, the interior ministry said.   Mursi's supporters, who took to the streets after Friday prayers, defied a new protest law banning protests without a prior police

Saudi Cleric: Women Driving Ban Protects Against Evil

By | 2013-11-29T21:43:13-04:00 November 29th, 2013|Islam|

The grand mufti of Saudi Arabia has said a ban on women driving in the conservative Gulf state protects society from "evil", AFP reported on Thursday.   Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh, in a speech delivered Wednesday in the western city of Medina, said the issue of giving women the right to drive should

Iraq: Over 50 killed in mass executions

By | 2013-11-29T21:26:52-04:00 November 29th, 2013|News|

More than 50 people were killed in mass executions across Iraq on Friday, security and medical officials said.   Violence struck in and around Baghdad and mostly Sunni Arab parts of the country, including in Diyala, Nineveh, and Salaheddin provinces, as well as in the city of Kirkuk, Agence France-Presse reported.   The recent surge

Leading Anti-Mubarak Activist Arrested in Egypt

By | 2013-11-29T20:53:51-04:00 November 29th, 2013|News|

Egyptian police arrested on Thursday a leading political activist who was active in the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, Al-Ahram reports.   The activist, Alaa Abdel-Fattah, was arrested after the prosecutor ordered he be detained for inciting protests.   Abdel-Fattah's wife, Manal Hassan, tweeted that policemen beat and insulted her while arresting her

Lethal Mortar Lands by Russian Embassy in Damascus

By | 2013-11-29T20:22:07-04:00 November 29th, 2013|News|

A mortar landed by the Russian Embassy in Damascus on Thursday, killing a Syrian civilian and injuring 9 security personnel working at the site, reports CNN.   The Russian Foreign Ministry announced no Russians were hurt in the attack, and said it was investigating who was responsible. Meanwhile the US Department of State condemned the

Obama Calls Saudi King Amid Tense Relations

By | 2013-11-28T18:17:45-04:00 November 28th, 2013|News|

  Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz received a phone call on Wednesday from U.S. President Barack Obama during which the two leaders discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.   The phone conversation came days after the United States and other major world powers signed an interim deal with