24 September, 2012
Sarah Lynch/USA Today
The Arab Spring uprising that have ousted dictators and ushered in democratic reforms such as free elections also gave some women hope that they, too, would see an end to discrimination.
For those who believe in a clash of civilizations between the Islamic world and Western democracy, the last few weeks must seem like final confirmation of their theory.
Ali Akbar Dareinil/AP
A senior commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran will target U.S. bases in the region in the event of war with Israel, raising the prospect of a broader conflict that would force other countries to get involved, Iranian state television reported Sunday.
The last two U.S. presidents have misled voters on the cost of armed conflicts. Amid another election, the drumbeats of war are sounding again. This time, the subject is Iran.
Reuters in Chicago Tribune
Iran is moving forward with a plan to route its citizens onto a “domestic Internet network,” claiming the move will increase the country’s cybersecurity. At the same time, state sources have announced that Google and Gmail will be blocked on account of an anti-Islamic film circulating on YouTube.
Mali has agreed to allow a 3,000 strong Ecowas force to conduct counterterrorism operations in the northern region that was seized by Islamist militants in April. The Malian government is expected to seek UN backing for the Ecowas force this week.
Karim Massimov, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan and “the longest-serving head of government in the former Soviet nation’s history,” has resigned from his post. While Massimov’s resignation was expected, it is noted that the reasons for the move remain unclear.
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