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August 19, 2014
If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden • Discussing the video purportedly showing photojournalist James Foley being killed at the hands of ISIS, reported as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Iraq. Though it’s not confirmed, Foley has been missing for nearly two years, reportedly kidnapped while on the ground in Syria. Our policy on the video follows perzadook's: We ain't linking to it.
20:59 // 2 days ago
April 27, 2014
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges that the Holocaust was heinous, which is a big deal because Holocaust denialism is a somewhat common thing in the Middle East. (Though that said, some have disputed this perception.) 
Back in the ’80s, Abbas himself wrote a book that some consider a piece of Holocaust denialism. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acknowledges that the Holocaust was heinous, which is a big deal because Holocaust denialism is a somewhat common thing in the Middle East. (Though that said, some have disputed this perception.) 

Back in the ’80s, Abbas himself wrote a book that some consider a piece of Holocaust denialism. 

12:18 // 3 months ago
March 30, 2014
thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.
Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

thepoliticalnotebook:

Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa and photojournalist Ricardo Garcia Vilanova returned home today after six months held captive by an Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Above, Espinosa greets his son Yerai on the Torrejon military airport in Madrid.

Photo: AFP/Getty

This is so great. 

(via afternoonsnoozebutton)

15:14 // 4 months ago
March 25, 2014
It is unlikely at the current time that dialogue will resume between the Syrian regime and the opposition in Geneva
United Nations envoy Brahimi stated Monday. On the ground, Syrian forces battled with rebels who captured a village and a crossing on the Turkey border. UN’s Ban ki-Moon also blamed both sides of the conflict for blocking humanitarian aid.
11:00 // 4 months ago
January 14, 2014
We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders.
An unidentified Egyptian security official • Justifying upcoming efforts by Egypt’s ruling military leaders to stamp out Hamas, now that the Muslim Brotherhood is no longer viewed as a credible threat to the Egyptian government. Egypt’s military leaders apparently believe that Hamas can be driven out of Gaza via the same sort of mass protests that ultimately led to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi being removed from office, though experts on the region aren’t quite as convinced that the strategy will prove effective. source
15:44 // 7 months ago
December 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia just gave Lebanon a really big end-of-year present

  • $3B the size of the investment Saudi Arabia just made in the Lebanese army, an investment meant to strengthen the army’s resources. Those resources are seen as weaker than those of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which is located in the country and is supporting the nearby Syrian government in the country’s ongoing civil war. The move could weaken Iran’s influence on the country, but some analysts suggest the source of the funding makes it divisive. source
17:42 // 7 months ago
December 16, 2013
No one really wants to go to war in Syria because it’s a huge sectarian, you know, mess, with all kinds of implications. […] But look, this is complicated. This isn’t easy.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry shares with ABC News ‘The Week’ on how he views Syria today. He also admits al Qaeda is an issue he will have to confront there. 
13:47 // 8 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 8 months ago
November 25, 2013
11:12 // 8 months ago
November 24, 2013
Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure. A future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon.
United States President Barack Obama said late Saturday night in a statement that took place just as the news came in about nations in Geneva working with Iran to finally reach a deal over its nuclear weapons program. 
11:06 // 9 months ago