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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Harvard Political Review on Syrian Reform

Check out the May 4th edition of the HPR, where I discuss the emerging Syrian reformist movement

posted at 12:00 PM by Oubai

Qatari leader calls for greater introspection and reform within the Arab world

Speaking to a supportive crowd of Middle East experts, diplomats and journalists, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jasim al-Thani argued that "reform has nothing to do with Iraq." He argued that Arab regimes and societies are using the occupation of Iraq and Palestinian territories to justify delays in introducing reforms.


The Qatari Foreign Minister makes an excellent point: As long as the Arab world is obsessed with reactionary hatred and revenge and not willing to maintain the courage to undertake difficult social and political reforms within their own society, we will never make any progressive headway in the future and will be forever condemned to the quicksand of repression, intolerance, and social and economic stagnation that has been plaguing the region since Ottoman times.

posted at 11:46 AM by Oubai

President Bush to sign 4 sanctions against Syria within the hour

The President has decided to go with the 4 most stringent sanctions against Syria as prescribed by the Syrian Accountability Act. What must be understood here is that this measure is not an end in itself, but a means-- a first step in bringing about the end of the Syrian Baath Regime. This isn't the Clinton administration and it has never been the policy of this administration to be sufficiently satisfied with sanctions alone as a policy to undermine its enemies. If I were Bashar Assad and Co. right now, I would be checking to make sure that my private jet is properly maintained , with enough fuel to get me to my southern France villa.

posted at 11:37 AM by Oubai

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