What Do You MENA (Middle East, North Africa and other nearby Political Hotspots) 2019

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Time for a 2019 thread. Will see what kind of year it will be in Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 January 2019 05:11 (three months ago) Permalink

MENA, MENA, Tekel, Parsin (Middle East, North Africa & other Geopolitical Hotspots) 2018

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curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 January 2019 05:12 (three months ago) Permalink

More sizable than the number of Iranian fighters, however, is the contingent of foreign fighters Iran is training and equipping in Syria. In addition to Hezbollah and Syrian forces loyal to Assad, Tehran is backing Shi’a militias comprised of Afghan and Pakistani fighters. Tabatabai says estimates for the number of Afghans killed in Syria runs into the tens of thousands.


curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 January 2019 13:59 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

holy shit it's on

Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, pending hearing

Mordy, Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:38 (two months ago) Permalink

AG’s decision is legal bombshell ahead of April 9 elections, marks first time in Israel’s history that serving PM is told he faces criminal charges; premier to speak at 8 p.m.


Mordy, Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:38 (two months ago) Permalink


sold out in presale (sleeve), Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:39 (two months ago) Permalink

what a gift for benny gantz

Mordy, Thursday, 28 February 2019 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

i'd like to read this new matti friedman book

Mordy, Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:48 (two months ago) Permalink

sounds v interesting

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 7 March 2019 22:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Looks like the mass protests paid off in Algeria. Bouteflika aka 'the frame' just announced that he won't be running again. Good riddance, although ridding the country of his clique of regents won't be easy.

pomenitul, Monday, 11 March 2019 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink

BREAKING: Explosions heard in Tel Aviv minutes after sirens

— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) March 14, 2019

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Haaretz:Two launches from northern Gaza, no casualties or damage.

Dunning-Kruger Overdrive (Sanpaku), Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Protests against Hamas in Gaza, apparently there's a big effort to crack down on any reporting or filming and there's not been all that much coverage, but there's this in the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/world/middleeast/gaza-protests-hamas.html

And some footage in this twitter thread

Thread. I’d like to talk about Gaza, where the people have been rising up against Hamas – and been brutally suppressed, including with live fire. Hamas has been suppressing the media and nobody has been talking about it. pic.twitter.com/LyQzjhkUfm

— Jake Wallis Simons (@JakeWSimons) March 23, 2019

ogmor, Monday, 25 March 2019 09:28 (one month ago) Permalink

bloody hopeless situation for the people in gaza

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:08 (one month ago) Permalink

It's either the Israeli blockade/snipers, or Hamas, or the seawater and polluted runoff that's displacing their aquifer water supply. Egypt and Jordan don't care much, except insofar as Palestinian hardship can be used in regime propaganda, even Fatah in the West bank is happier to be rid of them. Sooner or later there's going to be a cholera or other infectious outbreak that cuts down the crowding significantly, and everyone will just point fingers.

with Chew Guard™ technology (Sanpaku), Monday, 25 March 2019 17:55 (one month ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:39 (one month ago) Permalink

things are looking good for bibi on election day with opposition worried that low-turnout augurs poorly for their chances.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 16:27 (one month ago) Permalink

exit polls showing historically low turnout for arab voters which will help bibi too

Mordy, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

just look at all the success arab voters have had in the past in changing Israeli policy through the ballot box

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Exit poll says Gantz 39 seats, Bibi 35. (one needs to collect 61 seats to form a coalition, but this is bad news for Likud if true)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 19:10 (one month ago) Permalink

times of israel:

Channel 13’s exit poll has Blue and White and Likud tied with 36 seats each.

The right-wing bloc leads, with 66 seats, making Netanyahu better positioned to form a government, compared to 54 seats for the center-left.

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 19:17 (one month ago) Permalink

wait + see - exit polls are not reliable, lots of conflicting ones atm

Mordy, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 19:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Netanyahu's still going to be Prime Minister though, right?

Do you like 70s hard rock with a guitar hero? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 20:06 (one month ago) Permalink

probably -- even if gantz gets more seats bibi has an easier road towards making a coalition but we'll see

Mordy, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

lots of ppl now saying likud is gonna win most seats bibi pm again

Mordy, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 23:31 (one month ago) Permalink

if true, this does not say good things about Israeli politics.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Bit much to expect Israel to buck the worldwide trend for far right racist nationalism.

Do you like 70s hard rock with a guitar hero? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 06:56 (one month ago) Permalink

especially because they were so far ahead of the curve in that respect

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Wednesday, 10 April 2019 06:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh dear, the Israeli labor party are looking completely knackered.

calzino, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:03 (one month ago) Permalink

xp otm, was thinking of the Ben Judah article “Bibi was Right” when I read your comment.

gyac, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Bashir steps down in Sudan after years in power. “Transitional” military council running the country for next 2 years. There have been 4 months of protest. Bashir could face charges in the Hague for actions taken in Darfur if he leaves the country .

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Although this is not the first time Mr. Trump has praised an Arab strongman, his expression of support for Mr. Hifter appears to be the first time that Mr. Trump has embraced an aspiring authoritarian who is not yet in power and may never get there.

A former general under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and also a former C.I.A. client, Mr. Hifter had been living in exile in the United States but returned to Libya during the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011. He first declared his intention to seize power in 2014, when Libya’s nascent transitional government was struggling to establish its authority over freewheeling militias around the country —from NY Times

curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 April 2019 04:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Something about this HIfter fellow Trump really lkes, also

Pol Pof
Idi Amif
Josel Stafin

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 20 April 2019 04:34 (one month ago) Permalink

haha yes, I was going to say it was probably just a typo by Trump

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Saturday, 20 April 2019 23:20 (one month ago) Permalink

would like "Moffe growing vpon the skull of a man" but 77

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 16:36 (four weeks ago) Permalink


among those executed is Abdulkareem al-Hawaj – a young Shi’a man who was arrested at the age of 16 and convicted of offences related to his involvement in anti-government protests. Under international law, the use of the death penalty against people who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime is strictly prohibited.


A Saudi Arabian man who was arrested as a teenager as he was getting ready to fly to America to begin his studies at Western Michigan University was beheaded by the government Tuesday, according to a report from an official press agency.

Mujtaba al-Sweikat was 17 when he was detained at King Fahd International Airport in 2012. Earlier that year, Al-Sweikat allegedly attended a pro-democracy rally in the midst of the Arab Spring, which led to his arrest. He was intending to visit Western Michigan, where he had been accepted as a student, the university confirmed to the Free Press in 2017.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 April 2019 04:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink

jesus christ

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:26 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Kingdom of nightmares.

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 April 2019 11:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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