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Israel's Diplomatic Crisis Continues

Monday, September 12, 2011

Egyptian protesters surrounded Israel's embassy in Cairo on Saturday, prompting Israel to deploy military jets to rescue their diplomats there. A clash between police and demonstrators ensued. The protests were in response to Israel's military killing five Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border last month, as Israeli forces pursued militants who had killed eight Israelis.

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Inside Syria, Where Few Journalists Are Allowed

Friday, September 02, 2011

Mohammed Adnan al-Bakkour, the attorney general of the central province of Hama in Syria, appeared in a video announcing his resignation on Wednesday in protest of government brutality. But the Syrian government denies al-Bakkour's claims and refuses to accept his resignation, saying he was kidnapped and forced to give the statement. Bloody uprisings started more than five months ago in Syria and Amnesty International says ten times more people have been killed in Syria than Libya. So why aren't we hearing more about it?

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Gadhafi Still Missing, Libya Moves On

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Libyan rebel leaders have rejected the prospect of having United Nations peacekeepers aid in the transition to a new government, according to top UN officials. The rebels also continue to search for Moammar Gadhafi, as Gadhafi's wife and three children fled to Algeria yesterday. The rebels are also facing growing pressure to provide basic services to the Libyan people, like water and electricity, in advance of actually organizing a transitional government.

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Robin Wright on 'Rock the Casbah'

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Historically speaking, when we think of revolutions we think of youth. And in the case of the Arab spring, this is certainly true — one half of the Islamic world is people under thirty, and they are at the forefront of sweeping change. How are their values and religious beliefs similar to (and different from) their elders? And what do they want the future to look like?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

As Goes Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, looks at the situation in Libya and the implications for Syria.

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Tripoli Falls to Anti-Gadhafi Rebels

Monday, August 22, 2011

Libyan rebel forces flooded into the capital of Tripoli last night, battling with loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The rebels captured two of Gadhafi's sons, including Seif al-Islam, the assumed heir-apparent. Civilians were celebrating in the streets over what may be the end of Gadhafi's 42 years in power of Libya. What will the events in Libya mean for the rest of the Middle East?

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International Community Unite in Opposition to Syria's Assad

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yesterday the Obama administration called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. It was the administration's strongest statement since the Syrian uprising began. "For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for [Assad] to step aside and leave this transition to Syrians themselves," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. The U.S. is united with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and a host of European nations in pushing Assad to step down, and that international coalition may prove strong enough in the long term to force the Syrian leader out. How loudly will the American government's words echo, as Assad struggles to hold on to power?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eric Schmitt, terrorism correspondent, and Thom Shanker, Pentagon correspondent, both of The New York Times, talk about the Pentagon's revolutionary new strategy to fight al Qaeda, and how it’s shaping the United States’ efforts to fight terrorism in the Middle East and at home. In Counter Strike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, Schmitt and Shanker tell why the strategy to defeat al Qaeda through force wasn’t working, and how successful new counterterrorism strategies are being developed and adopted.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq Ramadan Attacks

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bobby Ghosh, deputy international editor for Time magazine, discusses Monday's deadly attacks in Iraq, what it means for the U.S. troop withdrawal set to be complete by the end of the year, and looks at past violence there during Ramadan.

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Ramadan Continues, Amid Violence in Syria and Egypt

Friday, August 05, 2011

Today is the fifth day of Ramadan — the holiest month on the Islamic calendar during which, typically, life in the Middle East slows down. Businesses close early, and families and communities gather every night to break their fast. But this year has been strikingly different. The Syrian government has used the holy month to intensify its violent crackdown on protesters, with tanks entering the town Hama every day since the weekend. Meanwhile in Egypt, hundreds of armed troops stormed Cairo’s Tahrir Square earlier in the week, beating protesters with electric batons.

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Crackdown Against Protesters in Syria as the Ramadan Holiday Begins

Monday, August 01, 2011

Syria’s government cracked down on democratic protesters in the city of Hama on Sunday, leaving as many as 130 dead, according to activists there. Tanks and troops entered the city early Sunday morning, in a brutal show of force just as the holy month of Ramadan begins. There’s further tension in the Middle East this week, as Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, his two sons and seven associates, will begin trial on Wednesday in Cairo for charges of corruption and ordering the killings of protesters. The trial will be televised. And in Libya, rebel commander Abdel Fattah Younes was shot dead Friday by Islamist-linked militia.

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Features

Queens College Acquires Online Islamic Art

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Queens college recently announced it would take ownership of an online Islamic art online museum, thanks to donations from the London-based shopping mall magnate Nasser Khalili and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Generation Freedom

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bruce Feiler talks about the historic youth uprisings sweeping the Middle East and what they mean for the future of peace, coexistence, and relations with the West. His new book Generation Freedom, offers a portrait of history in the making—he marches with the daring young organizers in Liberation Square, confronts the head of the Muslim Brotherhood, and witnesses the dramatic rebuilding of a church at a time when sectarian violence threatens peace.

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This Week’s Agenda: Debt Negotiations, Jobs, and Unrest in the Middle East

Monday, July 11, 2011

Negotiations over the debt ceiling continue this week, and we're taking a look at the economic impact of the trillion dollar talks. What do the latest figures for unemployment, at 9.2 percent, suggest about corporate earnings, which will be out this week?

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US Ambassador's Visit Garners Mixed Response in Syria

Monday, July 11, 2011

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford's visit to Syria has drawn the condemnation of the Assad regime. Ford visited the city of Hama, a center of anti-Assad sentiment, where pro-democracy activists greeted him with flowers and olive branches. Meanwhile, in Damascus, pro-Assad demonstrators hurled rocks and eggs at the U.S. Embassy, protesting Ford's visit. 

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Middle East Wine Revolution: Arab Awakening Boosts Wine Business

Friday, July 08, 2011

Since the first rumblings of revolution in Tunisia last year, we’ve been covering the Arab awakenings often. We’ve asked for analysis from political reporters and foreign correspondents, and reported the latest news as it came in. Today, we're examining a different angle to the uprisings: commerce, particularly the growing number of Middle Eastern wine businesses

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Dennis Kucinich Speaks About Fact-Finding Mission to Syria

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

There were reports yesterday from Hama in Syria that government troops had fatally shot at least six protestors demonstrating against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded last week to the ongoing violence, saying that the country's transition to democracy was becoming more urgent. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Oman

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oman is a Gulf country we usually hear very little about, despite its strategically important location in the region and its great oil wealth. Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, tells us about the country, its ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, and the harsh crackdowns on dissent there.

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US-Pakistan Relations and New Al-Qaida Leader, Al-Zawahiri

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Al-Qaida's long-time second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri has been named the new leader of Al-Qaida, according to a statement released via several jihadist websites. The nearly 60-year-old al-Zawahiri had been Osama Bin Laden's deputy for more than a decade.
Christine Fair, assistant professor at Georgetown's Center for Peace and Security Studies says that al-Zawahiri lacks the charisma of Osama bin Laden; and that capturing him will likely be complicated by poor relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. Currently, Pakistani authorities are not allowing CIA officers into the country, despite promises to form a new joint intelligence-sharing team.

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CIA to Launch Drone Strikes in Yemen

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yemen's President Ali Saleh is out of the country, but unrest continues in Yemen. As the country continues to experience a leadership vacuum and violent unrest, the United States will launch covert drone strikes in the country to target al-Qaida militants. Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal intelligence correspondent reports that the Yemen program is modeled after the CIA's covert program in Pakistan, which was secretly approved by President Obama last year.

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