A New Article from Barry Rubin

October 31, 2007

The attempt to kill Olmert and The Rules of Palestinian Politics [& Why They May Peace Impossible]

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Free Kareem worldwide rallies!‏

October 31, 2007

Received via e-mail from the director of the Free Kareem Coalition.


Dear friends, as the dates for our worldwide rallies near, we desperately need your help!

In order to influence the Egyptian government to free Kareem, and to have their officials know that the world has not forgotten about this young man, we are organizing our 3rd worldwide rally to mark Kareem’s one year imprisonment. We want to send this message to the Egyptian authorities: One year is enough! Free Kareem Amer now!

For this rally to be as meaningful and effective as possible, we need as many cities as we can get to be involved in organizing a rally for Kareem Amer on Friday, the 9th of November.

So far we have the following 10 cities confirmed:

  • Washington DC, USA
  • London, UK
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Rome, Italy
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Athens, Greece

We need at least 10 more cities involved for this rally to play a bigger role for Egypt as well as the international media. We need to get this message across to the Egyptian government for the sake of Kareem who did nothing wrong to be imprisoned and treated like this.

If you are interested in organizing a rally in front of your local Egyptian embassy, please contact us to have us confirm your involvement. It is a simple process; all you have to do is gather a group of people (can be as small as 2 and as big as 100) in front of the Egyptian embassy in a city near you, and take a few photos/videos of yourself protesting so that we can cover it worldwide. We strongly encourage you to hand in a one-page document that expresses your concerns for Kareem and reasons why he should be freed. It can include copies of our current petitions as well.

For more information please visit www.FreeKareem.org

Thank you! If your city is not yet listed here, please help us and Kareem by getting involved!

Esra’a Al Shafei
Free Kareem Coalition, Director

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The Horrendous Photos of Shame

October 30, 2007

From Burma, the fate of one of the dozens of pro-democracy monks who dared to challenge the Junta. I posted only the first photo, as the second shows the mutilated head of the monk and, even though I think it would be appropriate not to censor it in order for everyone to realize what we are talking about, I am just linking to it here.

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Petition: Save Jerusalem

October 29, 2007

I have been emailed an important petition that shamefully so far has been signed only by 4 people.

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Gingrich on Congressman Pete Stark

October 27, 2007

Newt Gingrich: Do All Democrats Agree With Congressman Pete Stark?

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Case Against Mario Lozano Thrown Out; Italians Seethe

October 26, 2007

Imagine for one moment that Mario Lozano was serving, say, the Cuban or Chinese Army. Italians would side with him. But Mario – an Italian-American – is guilty with serving the US army and doing his duty: trying to defend himself from terrorists. And, because of the Italians’ imprudence and disrespect for well-known rules of war they should have known at the time, he mistakenly killed a SISMI agent. But, Italians don’t give a damn about the real reasons for which that infamous incident occurred. To them, if you’re a US soldier, you are already guilty, no matter what. This blog congratulates with the court that thrown the case out and wishes Mario a long life in health and prosperity.

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Without Illusions

October 26, 2007

Another excellent column by Barry Rubin: Without Illusions

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