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Archive for July, 2008

Behind Druze kisses for Quntar

From Michael Young This report of the return of Samir Quntar to his home village of Abay on Thursday is how you would expect a news story like this one to play in a foreign media outlet.

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Over for America? Haass replies

For the Fourth of July, MESH prompted a discussion on whether the American era in the Middle East had ended, taking as its point of departure this quote from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations: The American era in the Middle East… has ended…. It is one of history’s ironies that the […]

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From David Schenker This is a great video. The scene: the end of the Bastille Day festivities following the Mediterranean Union meeting in France last weekend. Syrian President Bashar Asad and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stand just meters away. It’s an awkward moment.

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From David Schenker A lot of people have asked me lately about U.S. funding of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The current interest in U.S. assistance to the LAF comes as little surprise: Congress is currently reviewing the FY09 budget, which is said to include a significant aid package for the LAF.

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Making Mediterranean waves

From MESH Admin Today (Sunday) is the inaugural conference in Paris of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). French President Nicolas Sarkozy, father of the idea, originally proposed a body independent of the EU, linking together all the states bordering the Mediterranean sea. He also proposed that the new Union take a lead in Arab-Israeli […]

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Media mapping of Iran’s missile range

From MESH Admin This week, Iranian television showed missile test launches that included a new version of the Shahab-3 missile, which Tehran claims can travel 2,000 kilometers, or 1,250 miles. Various media outlets accompanied this news with maps showing the range of the Shahab-3. An interesting variation in these maps involves just how much of […]

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West Bank barrier projections

From MESH Admin This map, by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, provides an update on the status of Israel’s West Bank barrier, showing segments completed, under construction, and planned, as of July 2008. The barrier’s total length is now projected to be 723 kilometers, more than twice the length of the […]

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