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Jun 14, 2012

Bahrain court eases sentences for medics in uprising

MANAMA (Reuters) – A Bahrain court reduced sentences on Thursday against nine medics for their role in last year’s pro-democracy uprising and acquitted nine, but rights groups said the case was politically-motivated and should have been thrown out over use of torture.

The trial of the 20 medics, who are all Shi’ite Muslims, has drawn international criticism of the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state, home to the U.S. Fifth fleet and a key Gulf partner.

Jun 14, 2012

Bahrain court convicts 9 medics for role in uprising

MANAMA (Reuters) – A Bahrain appeals court convicted nine medics on Thursday for their role in last year’s pro-democracy uprising, and acquitted nine others, in a controversial case that has drawn international criticism of the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.

A military court sentenced the 20 medics, who are all Shi’ite, in September to terms of between five and 15 years on charges including theft of medical equipment, occupying a hospital and incitement to topple the state.

Jun 11, 2012

Syria massacres, ethnic cleansing that may backfire

By Samia Nakhoul

(Reuters) – Sectarian massacres in Syria may show militias nurtured by the authorities are a “Frankenstein’s monster” which will alienate allies, provoke foreign intervention and tear the country apart, hastening the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.

As Washington raised an alarm on Monday about a “potential massacre” in Haffeh, analysts said they saw little military rationale for the government in the previous killings of dozens of Sunni Muslim civilians in two attacks on other villages in the northwest that only galvanised outrage against Assad abroad and among those in the Sunni majority who have supported him.

Jun 11, 2012

Insight: Syria massacres, ethnic cleansing that may backfire

By Samia Nakhoul

(Reuters) – Sectarian massacres in Syria may show militias nurtured by the authorities are a “Frankenstein’s monster” which will alienate allies, provoke foreign intervention and tear the country apart, hastening the downfall of President Bashar al-Assad.

As Washington raised an alarm on Monday about a “potential massacre” in Haffeh, analysts said they saw little military rationale for the government in the previous killings of dozens of Sunni Muslim civilians in two attacks on other villages in the northwest that only galvanized outrage against Assad abroad and among those in the Sunni majority who have supported him.

May 25, 2012

Analysis: Revolutionaries see reversal in Egypt vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s revolutionaries did not take to the streets to replace Hosni Mubarak with another military strongman or to put an Islamist ideologue in charge, but that is the choice they woke up to after a first-round vote for the presidency.

The youths who put national pride before religion when they protested against Mubarak’s autocratic rule last year have increasingly despaired, saying the revolution they initiated has been hijacked by generals and the Muslim Brotherhood.

May 23, 2012

Egyptians back at the polls to pick president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt resumes its first free presidential election on Thursday after voting passed off mostly calmly on the first day apart from a stone-throwing attack on candidate Ahmed Shafiq, who was premier for a few days before Hosni Mubarak fell.

The race broadly pits Islamist candidates against secular ones like Shafiq and Amr Moussa, the former Arab League chief who previously served as Mubarak’s foreign minister.

May 22, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood, army seen powerful after Egypt vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – As election rallies go it was spectacular. No organisation in Egypt is better at mobilising the masses than the Muslim Brotherhood – or at stirring up the frenzy that suggests to all observant Muslims it is almost a duty to vote for its candidate in the country’s first free presidential election this week.

The vote on Wednesday and Thursday will give Egyptians their first real opportunity to decide who and what should replace the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak, overthrown in February last year.

May 21, 2012

Egypt’s Brotherhood flexes muscles in push for presidency

CAIRO, May 20 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood showed
off its ability to rally support with choreographed campaign
events throughout the nation on Sunday in a final push to clinch
victory for its candidate in this week’s presidential election.

Well-known Islamic preachers and soccer celebrities took to
the podium in Cairo to endorse Brotherhood candidate Mohamed
Mursi, a relative latecomer to the race. His main rivals include
Islamists and ex-officials of former President Hosni Mubarak.

May 18, 2012

Palestinians see settlements thwarting state

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Surrounded by aides, including one whose only task seems to be light his cigarettes, Mahmoud Abbas sits in a vast presidential office and speaks of his ambition to create a Palestinian state.

But outside his sprawling compound on the hills of the West Bank town of Ramallah reality on the ground is different – his dream is being built over by ever-expanding Jewish settlements.

May 10, 2012

Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.

“Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its political and field actions in a way that suits the interests of the Palestinian people,” he said at his headquarters in the enclave.