Middle East in Turmoil

Monday, December 10, 2012

A rebel machine gunner watches Syrian army positions 500 metres away in the town of Maarat al-Numan, on November 17, 2012. (AFP/Getty Images)

Leila Hilal, Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, discusses the latest developments in Gaza, Egypt, Syria, and throughout the region.



Leila Hilal

Comments [7]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Yellow Cake? Those are Twinkies.

As for Saddams WMDs, the Assad regime took them as the Sadaam regime fell.

Dec. 10 2012 10:51 AM
bernie from bklyn

yeah, right....let's involve john bolton in this argument! are you people crazy? we need some fresh mis-information for syria problem. ugandan yellow-cake anyone?

Dec. 10 2012 10:45 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

44,000+ dead in Syria. Arabs killing Arabs.

But the FAKE "anti-war" brownshirts aren't protesting the slaughter in Syria.
You don't see them protesting across the street from Syrian embassies/consulates/missions.

Isn't protesting Arabs killing Arabs a worthy cause to the FAKE "anti-war" cult?

In Egypt, the new Pharaoh (Morsi) is the same as the old Pharaoh (Mubarak).

Dec. 10 2012 10:40 AM
Amy from Manhattan

This was on WNYC a few days ago from the BBC program Heart and Soul. I couldn't get a direct link, but the page at has links to download the episode or play it back.(under "Recent episodes"; they're only available for 30 days). Here's the description from the site:

"Green Shoots
From The Arab Spring - Egypt
Christopher de Bellaigue considers the
potential for a new, more questioning attitude among Egyptians in the wake
of the popular uprising, and asks if the result could be an increasingly
critical approach to social, familial – and even religious –

Dec. 10 2012 10:26 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

@ Chuzz - What are your admittedly brilliant suggestions (not to mention those of the genius-level variety from J. Bolton) on the multitude of challenges?

Needless to say, it's nice to have people (experts) around to oversimplify issues that are extremely complicated and/or intractable so as to reinforce American Exceptionalism and rebuff shifting realities that need not be countenanced because of the sheer power of the U.S's Cold War-era path forward.(Go Bolton!)

Dec. 10 2012 10:18 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Morsi's White House Enablers - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Morsi Pushes Egypt Toward the Brink - Matthias Gebauer, Der Spiegel

If You Thought Benghazi Was Bad, Watch Syria - Robert Baer, Time

Oh, gosh, what a surprise ... another guest from an Obama-friendly think tank that is reluctant to criticize our disinterested, lackluster "leader".

The rapidly shrinking stature of U.S leadership under President Lead-From-Behind is being ignored by his handmaidens in the media. Even Israel critic Peter Beinart admits it this morning ... “If the administration’s new Israel approach sounds familiar, it’s because it fits the broader Obama strategy of “leading from behind”.”

Why not have John Bolton or Elliott Abrams on the BLS and show the kiddies here how badly things are REALLY going?

Dec. 10 2012 08:09 AM
Ed from Larchmont

That the Christians are leaving the Middle East in large numbers is not a good sign.

Dec. 10 2012 07:59 AM

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