Friday, August 31, 2012

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 31, 2012

Syrian men walk through damaged shops in the old souk of Homs in the northern city of Syria August 30, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Yazan Homsy)

Syria's Disintegration: How Far Will it Spread? -- Mohammad Yaghi, Al-Monitor

It no longer matters whether what is happening in Syria is a revolution or a conspiracy that preempted a potential revolution — or even a conspiracy targeting the “non-aligned” countries. The substance of the matter is: Is it possible to save Syria from imminent disintegration?

Today, there are 6,000 jihadist combatants from all across the Arab and Islamic worlds — even from Chechnya — taking part in the revolution. Last week in the Jordanian city of Maan, Salafi jihadist groups broadcast a video of one of their members blowing himself up at Syrian checkpoint. The Salafist movement declared that 100 of its jihadists are stationed in Syria.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

Syria's War Spills Into Lebanon -- Michael J. Totten, World Affairs

Tehran slapdown: Mursi shocks the mullahs -- Amir Taheri, New York Post

The Silver Lining on Iran’s Nukes -- Eli Lake, Daily Beast

Iran at the brink -- Washington Post editorial

Yemen's water woes -- Peter Salisbury, Foreign Policy

Viewpoint: South Africa shoots itself in the foot -- Ralph Mathekga, BBC

Modern China: A tale of luxury villas and displaced villagers
-- Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers

East Asia's Free for All
-- Frank Ching, Real Clear World

The centrifuge that is Bosnia -- Michael Haltzel, Washington Post

Obama's justice department grants final immunity to Bush's CIA torturers
-- Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian

What the Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich verdict means for Russian Oligarchs -- Professor Richard Sakwa, The Independent

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