Egypt sentences journalists for practising journalism


(Photo: Al-Jazeera)

(Photo: Al-Jazeera)

Once in the Catholic Church persecuted Galileo Galilei for his stands based on scientific discoveries, presumed witches were burned in public, leaders of Templars too, but none expected that great inquisition would be back in 21st century. It is back and on Monday Great Court of Inquisition in Egypt sentenced to seven years of jail three Al-Jazeera journalists for practising journalism. Sentences which were handed to Mohamed Fahmy who’s also Canadian citizen, Australian correspondent Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed. Mr. Mohamed received an extra three years in prison on separate charges.

These journalists are just pawns in the bigger story which goes between Qatari based multilingual channel and new “democratic” Egyptian government and it’s based on presumption and overall view that Al-Jazeera supports Muslim Brotherhood. This sentences even if Court and state decide to give a clemency and release Mr. Fahmy and his colleagues will remain a darkest stain on the face of Egypt.  Continue reading

Is Tunisia model for success in post Arab-Spring world?


Tunisian protests resulted in success (Photo: Flickr)

Tunisian protests resulted in success (Photo: Flickr)

Two years ago Tunisia was just one of North African/Middle East dictatorships in which basic human rights were less valued than those of animals. As we all know today everything started with Mohamed Bouazizi and his self-immolation in January of 2011 causing at the end fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime. Protest against dictators spread around neighbouring countries and helping to depose leaders as Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, while currently Syrian people are fighting civil war to end several decades long Assad family regime. Continue reading

Key players for Obama on Syria: Biden, Kerry, Hagel and McCain


Obama, McCain and Graham during the Oval Office Meeting on Monday (Photo: Flickr)

Obama, McCain and Graham during the Oval Office Meeting on Monday (Photo: Flickr)

International community, especially in the MidEast, over the next few days will listen what comes out of US Congress and The White House prior to the debate on authorization on use of military in Syria. Since US President Barack Obama, flanked by his Vice-President Joseph Biden, announced a request for authorization from the people representatives the biggest question is: How the Congress will vote and in which direction will sent US military forces or credibility in international arena? This question will get an answer sometimes after September 9th, most likely after September 11th and Al-Qaeda attacks on NYC anniversary, and will be game of high profile names in the well known arena on the Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Obama to seek congressional authorization on Syria


US President Barack Obama is ready to use a military force in Syria, having prepared a significant force in the region as he said ready to act as soon as he makes final decision, but that decision will be made upon debate at the Capitol Hill is concluded and Congress has its say on this matter. Obama as the Commander in Chief expressed his belief that Syrian issue is one of those threatening US national security and one of those unacceptable events in the international relations arena. Both houses of the US Congress will be back on Monday, September 9th, to discuss potential authorization to the President Obama but is unlikely that they would come early to that.  Continue reading

What should be Obama’s Syria strategy?


Barack ObamaUS and international military leaders are currently discussing options for a final showdown with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and his thugs. According to some media reports this operation will be underway as soon as tomorrow and will include several other countries including US key partner United Kingdom. Continue reading

Israelis and Palestinians at the table, what to expect?


Martin Indyk and John Kerry (Photo: Flickr)

Martin Indyk and John Kerry (Photo: Flickr)

An iftar dinner which usually signifies end of fasting and starting of eating time for Muslims during the Holy Month of Ramadan was chosen by the US Sec. of State John Kerry as the kick-off event for a Mideast Peace Negotiations in Washington on Monday night. Two sides represented by very experienced negotiators and political players Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat helped by the Ambassador Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel, will start working on procedural elements of the negotiations process. This as I wrote previously here comes as a result of a very engaged shuffle diplomacy effort by the Secretary Kerry over the last few weeks waking hopes that final peace could be achieved. Continue reading