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Ahmadinejad might be resigning...
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201156113955925329.html
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Ahmadinejad might be resigning...
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201156113955925329.html


this could be a huge deal
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Imo Qaddafi doesn't have the largesse to organize a pan-african currency change. Also, with gold steadily rising, no one would trade gold for oil when they could get oil for dollars elsewhere. Moreover, a gold based currency is one thing, this report suggested Qaddafi wants to use straight gold as a currency. That wouldn't work in Africa or anywhere else, just not enough gold out there. Plus if the main thing Libya has to trade is oil, there is no need to insert the currency/gold debate in between the US and its oil based foreign policy. It's about oil gets you there quicker.
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crash wrote:
Ahmadinejad might be resigning...
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201156113955925329.html


this could be a huge deal


Not havin Ahmadinejad in power would delegitimate a strike now wouldn't it. Crafty one that Khamenei huh. Can he out maneuver Ahmadinejad? It'll depend on who the Guard backs imo.
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Self Conscious wrote:
crash wrote:
Ahmadinejad might be resigning...
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201156113955925329.html


this could be a huge deal


Not havin Ahmadinejad in power would delegitimate a strike now wouldn't it. Crafty one that Khamenei huh. Can he out maneuver Ahmadinejad? It'll depend on who the Guard backs imo.

I don't think this changes much. The nuclear program will continue with or without Ahmadinejad, and so the justification for strikes will continue too.

He doesn't have real power. Anything he does can be overruled by Khamenei. Ahmadinejad might have enough popular support to make Khamenei think twice about exercising his power in such a heavy handed fashion, but this is not going to come down to the loyalty of the RG. If it did, Ahmadinejad would certainly loose - the RG swears loyality to the Supreme Leader.
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A few days worth of links:

Reform in Morocco: caught between terror and the king
http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/reform-in-morocco-caught-between-terror-and-the-king

Thousands march in new protest against terror in Marrakesh
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iIgIM3-zKu1IQE3NpuTiTpLdKxQA?docId=CNG.f29c1eeba9aa3451bfde098d623988d1.471

The plight of black Africans trying to flee from Libya is dire—and worsening
http://www.economist.com/node/18652159?story_id=18652159

Aircraft carrier left us to die, say migrants
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/08/nato-ship-libyan-migrants

U.N. Urges Ships to Help Migrants in Mediterranean
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/africa/10migrants.html

Gaddafi’s firing missiles filled with landmines into Misrata
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/world/africa/07libya.html

NATO Official: More Progress Than Meets Eye In Libya
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/08/136056129/nato-official-more-progress-than-meets-eye-in-libya

With Help From NATO, Libyan Rebels Gain Ground
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/world/africa/10libya.html

NATO steps up bombing in Libya; rebels report gains
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nato-steps-up-bombing-in-libya-rebels-report-gains/2011/05/10/AF8GsehG_story.html

Killings and Rumors Unsettle a Libyan City
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/world/africa/11benghazi.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Taking Airport, Rebels in Libya Loosen Noose
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/world/africa/12libya.html?pagewanted=all

The forgotten frontline in Libya's civil war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8500231/The-forgotten-frontline-in-Libyas-civil-war.html

Administration planning $1 billion debt relief for Egypt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/administration_planning_1_billion_debt_relief_for_egypt/2011/04/28/AF1m4FLG_story.html?wprss=rss_congress
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/428223

On Egypt’s new foreign policy (Palestine, Israel, Iran)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ME03Ak01.html

Interview with Egypt’s foreign minister
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/egypts-foreign-minister-on-the-way-forward-after-mubarak/2011/05/05/AFRI3BCG_story.html

Scores held in Egypt after sectarian clashes
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201157222446186609.html

An eyewitness account of an attack on a church in Cairo that left 12 Christians dead and 200 wounded
http://www.eipr.org/en/blog/post/2011/05/08/1150

Another Report
http://asenseofbelonging.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/attack-on-st-mina-church-in-imbaba-cairo/

Cairo, Alex protesters condemn Imbaba clashes
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/religion/cairo-alex-protesters-condemn-imbaba-clashes.html

Egypt warns of 'iron fist' response after clashes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13325845?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

More on Egypt’s involvement in Palestinian reconciliation
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/427443

Bribes and prejudice: why anti-graft measures worry Egypt's economists
http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/11412.aspx

The Egyptian military is still arresting and sentencing protesters illegally
http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=55500

In Egypt, a former regime official has been sentenced to 12 years.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13292322

Will Saudi Arabia lead Egypt’s counter-revolution?
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/427433

Bahrain, Kingdom of Silence
http://www.carnegieendowment.org/arb/?fa=show&article=43832

Bahrain is destroying hundred year old Shiite mosques in order to punish the protesters
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/05/08/113839/while-bahrain-demolishes-mosques.html?storylink=addthis

Blindfolded, beaten and tortured: grim new testimony reveals fate of Bahrain's persecuted doctors
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/blindfolded-beaten-and-tortured-grim-new-testimony-reveals-fate-of-bahrains-persecuted-doctors-2281616.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/05/bahrain-medics-arrest-retribution

Schoolgirls 'beaten' in Bahrain raids
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/20115118146679800.html

As Bahrain’s Abuses Grow, U.S. Stays on Sideline
http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/as-bahrains-abuses-grow-united-states-on-sidelines#21496

Interview with Dr. Mustafa Barghouti – one of the most honorable and respectable Palestinian politicians
http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/05/06/taking_stock_of_the_palestinian_unity_deal

The Palestinian Spring?
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67834/robert-m-danin/the-palestinian-spring?page=show

US freezes Chicago Palestinian leader’s bank accounts
http://electronicintifada.net/content/us-freezes-chicago-palestinian-leaders-bank-accounts/9926

Death Toll rises to 800 in Syria
http://www.haaretz.com/news/mideast-in-turmoil/rights-group-syria-uprising-death-toll-reaches-800-1.360354?localLinksEnabled=false
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/06/world/middleeast/06syria.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

Protests Across Syria Despite Military Presence
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/world/middleeast/07syria.html

Syrian tanks move into city of Homs
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/09/syrian-tanks-homs-crackdown

Unrest Around the Arab World Endangers Turkey’s Newfound Influence (I personally think that Turkey is more powerful than it was prior to the Arab spring, but this article has a good outline of Turkey is doing across the Mid-East)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/05/world/europe/05turkey.html?hp

Ahmadinejad fights to preserve his dwindling power
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/09/ahmadinejad-iran-ayatollah-khamenei
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crash wrote:
Joshua Kane wrote:
Self Conscious wrote:
crash wrote:
Ahmadinejad might be resigning...
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/05/201156113955925329.html


this could be a huge deal


Not havin Ahmadinejad in power would delegitimate a strike now wouldn't it. Crafty one that Khamenei huh. Can he out maneuver Ahmadinejad? It'll depend on who the Guard backs imo.

I don't think this changes much. The nuclear program will continue with or without Ahmadinejad, and so the justification for strikes will continue too.

He doesn't have real power. Anything he does can be overruled by Khamenei. Ahmadinejad might have enough popular support to make Khamenei think twice about exercising his power in such a heavy handed fashion, but this is not going to come down to the loyalty of the RG. If it did, Ahmadinejad would certainly loose - the RG swears loyality to the Supreme Leader.


Ya, Ill buy that. Although, I do think portions of the RG support Ahmadinejad above all others, his rule has made them a ton of money. Nevertheless, constutionally, supporting a President over the Supreme Leader is not possible I believe. So good point. I agree in the long-run, Ahmadinejad stepping down would change little. It would however make Israel's PR task re bombing alot tougher.
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don't trust anything RT says about NATO. you might as well be getting your info on Obama from WND.

what a bunch of rubbish. "some say" who says?
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Yeah, that's pretty bad. But I hear "some say", etc, etc more and more these days all over the corporate media. Shitty fucking journalism all over the place.
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The Ahmadinejad plot thickens as Ahmadinejad seeks to take head of the Iranian oil ministry while Iran holds presidency of OPEC for the first time since the '79 revolution. Any thoughts on this crash? Alot of confusion over there right now...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110516/bs_afp/iranoilopec_20110516072527
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obama's giving a speech on the revolutions today at 11:40 EST.
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The Ahmadinejad plot thickens as Ahmadinejad seeks to take head of the Iranian oil ministry while Iran holds presidency of OPEC for the first time since the '79 revolution. Any thoughts on this crash? Alot of confusion over there right now...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110516/bs_afp/iranoilopec_20110516072527

I don’t know enough about Iranian politics to speak on it myself but I found these too articles very informative:

http://eurasia.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/05/17/has_ahmadinejad_finally_been_defanged

http://www.juancole.com/2011/05/jahanpour-is-iran-next-supreme-leader-versus-ahmadinejad.html
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Al-Jazeera draws criticism, praise for coverage of Arab revolutions. This is must read for all the hipsters on AJEs jock.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/al-jazeera-tv-network-draws-criticism-praise-for-coverage-of-arab-revolutions/2011/05/08/AFoHWs2G_story.html

The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) is looking to expand to include Jordan and Morocco, not because they are in the Gulf, but simply because they are monarchies. This is the new alignment of the MENA – forget Arab vs. Persian or Shia vs. Sunni, it’s republics vs. monarchies. It’s the GCC that authorized the Saudi invasion of Bahrain and saved the king from what was developing into regime change or the implementation of major reform. These are counterrevolutionaries.
http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/a-new-security-strategy-but-not-necessarily-a-new-gcc?pageCount=0

Blackwater’s founder is setting up a new mercenary army in the UAE
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/world/middleeast/15prince.html?_r=2

Good analysis on Syria with historical background
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/jun/09/storm-over-syria/

Captive Soldiers Tell of Discord in Libyan Army
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/14/world/africa/14prisoners.html

Good analysis and recommendations on Libya from ICG
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/publication-type/media-releases/2011/libya-achieving-a-ceasefire-moving-toward-legitimate-government.aspx

How Hezbollah is reacting to the shifting alignments in the MENA
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/ME11Ak02.html

Great analysis of the Arab Spring in the context of Western colonialism and imperialism
http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2883&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial_assistant

Egypt turmoil helping arms smuggling to Gaza-Israel
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110513/wl_nm/us_israel_egypt_smuggling

Economist: Despite recent riots, Tunisians are still on the road to democracy
http://www.economist.com/node/18682360?story_id=18682360

Apparently, the slap that sparked the Tunisian Revolution never actually happened
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/15/arab-spring-tunisia-the-slap

The struggle between Turkey and Iran for the Arab Street
http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/CAIROREVIEW/Pages/articleDetails.aspx?aid=56
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some of the more interesting articles i've come across over the last week:

Breakdown of the various parties contesting Tunisias upcoming election
http://themoornextdoor.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/some-thoughts-tunisian-political-trends-and-charts/

Egyptians are gathering in Tahrir again this Friday
http://www.sandmonkey.org/2011/05/25/one-last-time/

Post-revolutionary graffiti in Egypt
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/19/egypts-uprising-diy-art-cairo-streets

Reflections on the (In)visibility of Copts in Egypt
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/1624/reflections-on-the-(in)visibility-of-copts-in-egyp

Saudi Arabia leading the counterrevolution
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/world/middleeast/28saudi.html?_r=2

Shiaphobia Hits Kuwait
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/1603/shiaphobia-hits-kuwait-

UAEs Silenced Spring
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/05/23/uaes-silenced-spring

On when to hold post-revolutionary elections
http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/5/25/on-when-to-hold-post-revolutionary-elections.html

Nir Rosen Western media fraud in the Middle East
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/201151882929682601.html

Great article on al-Jazeera
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201106/al-jazeera-english-ayman-mohyeldin-michael-paterniti?printable=true

The IMF versus the Arab Spring
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/25/imf-arab-spring-loans-egypt-tunisia
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