Writing in the National Review Online, Lee Habeeb asks some penetrating questions of his Arab brothers and sisters:
The Egyptian government makes one:
Egypt’s military-led government said Sunday that it would put 19 Americans and two dozen others on trial in a politically charged criminal investigation into the foreign financing of nonprofit groups that has shaken the 30-year alliance between the United States and Egypt.
The decision raises tensions between the two [...]
Electoral news update from the Arab Spring:
The final results in Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections confirm an overwhelming victory for Islamist parties.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won the largest number of seats under Egypt’s complex electoral system.
The hardline Salafist Nour party came second.
The liberal New Wafd and [...]
Syria’s Bashar al Assad gets an early start of it, what with the impending visit of Arab League monitors intended to ensure the bare minimum level of civilization, by Levantine standards anyway. Which is not so high a hurdle to vault:
Syrian rights activists and opposition groups said on Wednesday that forces loyal to [...]
A scary prognostication from our friends in the House of Saud:
Repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in ‘no more virgins’, the country’s religious council has warned.
A ‘scientific’ report claims relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis – both men and women – turn to homosexuality and [...]
Islamist factions have won big in Egypt’s first round of parliamentary elections. One man, one vote, etc. Democracy In Action. But the real question is whether this is to be “one time”?
From the NY Times:
Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a [...]
The power-challenge dialectic once again courses through Araby:
In a battle reminiscent of the clashes that led to the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak nine months ago, a mass of protesters converged on Tahrir Square, fled before an onslaught of riot police officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets, and then surged back [...]
In Libya, it’s not going so well:
Rebel leaders dissolved their own cabinet on Monday, in an effort to placate the family of an assassinated rebel military leader and quiet discord in a movement already struggling to remove the country’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, from power.
A rebel spokesman said that the prime minister, [...]
The New York Times has the sad duty of informing us that President Obama is engaging in a “secret” war in Yemen:
The extent of America’s war in Yemen has been among the Obama administration’s most closely guarded secrets, as officials worried that news of unilateral American operations could undermine Mr. Saleh’s tenuous grip [...]
When it comes – if it comes – it isn’t going to another 4th of July:
A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.
The allegations arose in an Amnesty International report, published weeks [...]