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Daybreak: Obama May Call for Assad Ouster

Plus Iranian sanctions are working, and more in the news

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President Obama yesterday.(JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Obama administration is stepping closer to advocating the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Syria has detained at least 10,000 (!) protesters in the past week or so. [NYT]

• The bad news is European diplomats and Iranian negotiators are talking past each other. The good news is, according to U.N. experts, sanctions are slowing Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. [AP/WP]

• A newly revealed document shows Israeli officials acknowledging that over several decades as many as 140,000 West Bank Palestinians who went abroad for awhile were stripped of residency. [Haaretz]

• A federal judge upheld the guilty verdicts of four men accused of planning to bomb Bronx synagogues. [NYT]

• Even now that Tony Kushner will be offered an honorary doctorate, many, including CUNY’s faculty union, want Jeffrey Wiesenfeld—who most prominently argued against Kushner—off the Board of Trustees. [NYT]

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Garry says:

Re; Palestinians who have lost residency rights. Today Hamas stated it’s two step goal;1.Return to 1967 borders, then 2. Destruction of State of Israel. Haaretz and its liberal internationalist allies must stop asking the Jewish people and the Stae of Israel to committ national suicide.
Liberalism, international law, the UN-all wonderful ideas but stupid idealists need to understand that all of these and more, even the Holocaust is being used against Israel. Stop dealing with these ideas now and behave as a nation should. Reject all international pressure, reject the quartet and state clearly that Israel’s future will be determined by Israel alone. Anyone who believes for a moment that all the Muslim unrest in the world is Israel’s fault should be set straight that it is plain crazy to believe that.

jacke says:

…”140,000 West Bank Palestinians who went abroad for awhile were stripped of residency”..

over a 27 year period…

How many Palestinians were stripped of their Iraqi residency in Iraq when Saddam got the boot?

What about those that Jordan stripped after 1967 of their residency for those that lived in the west bank?

or how about that pals can’t get residency in places like Egypt and Lebanon?

The lack of any historical narrative makes this news story such a yawn.

Steve says:

Readers, pay attention to both Garry and Jacke. Historical narrative is extremely important,yet it falls to propaganda.
So soon forgotten, even denied, the words of the INVADING Arab armies in 1948, telling Arab residents to leave or be considered as Israeli collaborators and enemies. The UN documents, radio transcriptions, etc. show these, yet are denied.

Itai Dewar says:

The point about sanctions slowing Iran’s Iran’s nuclear and missile programs may be misleading. A story on The Media Line today suggests quite a different take on the story.

UN: Iran Circumvents Sanctions in Quest for Nukes, Missile

“Iran has largely defeated United Nations’ sanctions and continues to develop ballistic missiles, enrich uranium and test rocket-delivery systems, according to a UN report. […]the sanctions had made it “costlier and riskier” for Iran to acquire the technology and equipment it needed for its nuclear and missile activities. […] Iran was able to circumvent the sanctions by using front companies to conceal shipments, financial transactions and the transfer of conventional arms and related materiel from abroad. Syria, its neighbor and closest ally, was fingered as its biggest facilitator in exporting conventional weapons. The final report was to be officially released on Thursday.”


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