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“Sisi Scenario” to Resolve Lebanese Garbage Crisis?

“Sisi Scenario” to Resolve Lebanese Garbage Crisis?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Trying to fill a power vacuum and placate angry protesters, Lebanese lawmakers will reportedly appoint army chief Jean Kahwaji as president. Asharq al-Awsat‘s sources refer to this as the Sisi scenario, a reference to Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s current president and former military chief. 2. An Islamic State affiliate in Gaza claimed

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Swiss Government ‘Regrets’ Ambassador’s Tasteless Bibi Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did the Arab Spring hit Gaza this weekend? Gaza beach corn vendor attempts suicide after Hamas ‘harassment’ 2. Switzerland “expressed regret” after its ambassador to Iran displayed a tasteless cartoon of peace doves defecating on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing businessmen in Zurich, encouraging them to invest in

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Vatican Refuses to Play “Flag Football” With Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gaza’s bracing for a massive public sector strike on Thursday. Government ministries, schools, and other public institutions will be closed as workers demand unpaid salaries, protest wage cuts, and show solidarity with striking UNRWA teachers. 2. At the UN, the Palestinians are pushing for the flags of non-member states to be

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Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days. What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage

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Israel and Hamas on Verge of Long-Term Truce?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to the Times of Israel, Hamas and Israel have essentially agreed on a long-term cease-fire. The gist of the deal is that Israel will end the blockade and allow thousands of Palestinian day laborers to enter Israel. Gaza will import items through a Cyprus port overseen by NATO representatives (until

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EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank: But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into

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Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the

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Israel’s Existence Lost in BBC Translation

The BBC and its translators leave me at a loss for words. A documentary, Children of the Gaza War (part one aired last night), came under criticism because reporter Lyse Doucet and the Beeb’s translators made a poor judgement call. Whenever Palestinian kids used the word Arabic word, Yahud (which means Jew), the translators translated it as “Israeli.” The

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Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned

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