ANALYSIS: US stuck between two enemies in Yemen

The RAIN Newsletter (28-1-15)     Collapse of Hadi government leaves US without allies and potentially looking for tactical alliance with Houthis against AQAP Middle East Eye      Wednesday 28 January 2015 11:26 GMT When Houthi rebels seized the presidential palace last week in Sanaa and forced the resignation of the Yemeni government, US officials were quick […]

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Finkelstein on Joan Peters’s legacy (and Dershowitz’s legal troubles)

The RAIN Newsletter (28-1-15)     Adam Horowitz Mondoweiss    on January 28, 201 Joan Peters, the author of the book From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict over Palestine, died on January 5th, at 78. As David Samel wrote following her death,”The bizarre chapter of Joan Peters’s contribution to the Middle East debate […]

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Ali Abunimah: French President’s Holocaust Day Speech Presages Crackdown On Palestine Supporters

The RAIN Newsletter (28-1-15)     Ali Abunimah – Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books. January 27, 2015 “ICH” – “Electronic Intifada” – French President François Hollande used an International Holocaust Memorial Day speech to confirm that his government plans to tighten […]

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Rights group: Israeli bombing of Gaza homes was policy

The RAIN Newsletter (28-1-15)     Report by Israeli rights group B’Tselem accuses Israel of deliberately bombing Gaza homes while occupants were inside. Al Jazeera     28 Jan 2015 11:19 GMT | An Israeli rights group has criticised the government for what it called a deliberate policy of launching air strikes on homes that killed hundreds […]

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German anti-Islam group loses second leader in a week

The RAIN Newsletter (28-1-15)     Kathrin Oertel quits as chief of PEGIDA, along with another board member, citing “massive hostility and threats”. Al Jazeera       28 Jan 2015 16:22 GMT | German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA has lost its second leader just a week after the group’s founder resigned amid reports that he had posed as […]

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John L Esposito with Faisal Kattan: Generalising about the Arab Spring is playing with fire

John L Esposito is a Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Esposito has served as consultant to the US Department of State and other agencies, European and Asian […]

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The hagiography of King Abdullah

Andrew Hammond Andrew Hammond is a senior policy fellow for the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Middle East & North Africa programme. Andrew previously worked as a journalist with BBC Arabic radio. He was a founding member of the Cairo Times news magazine. He spent ten years working as a correspondent for Reuters, including a […]

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Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity Jan. 26, 2015 WASHINGTON, – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization […]

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