President Obama on Thursday sought to align the US with forces of democratic change sweeping the Arab world. His Middle East speech also prodded Israel and the Palestinians on peace talks, but was met with immediate pushback.
President Barack Obama may have impressed much of the Arab world with his 2009 Cairo speech. But today's effort won't be remembered nearly as fondly.
In contrast with Obama's major speech two years ago in Cairo, today's address on the Middle East has generated little interest in Egypt. But Libyans and Syrians have higher hopes.
A total of five Western journalists regained their freedom on Wednesday. Four that were held by the Libyan government, including Americans James Foley and Clare Gillis, made their way to a Tripoli hotel.
The arrest of French presidential favorite Dominque Strauss-Kahn on sex-crime charges is causing some French journalists to rethink the taboo on coverage of the private lives and loves of powerful figures. Private should not always be private.
Protests erupted on Israel’s borders and throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank on Sunday as Palestinians marked the 63rd anniversary of Israel’s independence, which they refer to as the “nakba,” or catastrophe, because it resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Israel has used the clashes to argue that it does not have a legitimate partner for peace, while Arabs have capitalized on the regional spirit of uprising to press Palestinian claims to statehood. Here is a roundup of notable statements:
The Nakba Day protests by Palestinian refugees to enter Israel were supposed to be nonviolent. Both sides failed, and they need to commit to the peaceful, democratic ideals of the Arab Spring.
The unprecedented Arab protests on Israel's borders, pegged to the 63rd anniversary of Israel's declaration of statehood, resulted in at least 10 dead and hundreds wounded.