Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Democrats Should Rejoice In New Middle East Democracy!

Why are Democrats hoping against new Democracies in the Middle East? According to Matthew Yglesias of The American Prospect, new Democracies help liberals!

Mainstream liberals should be celebrating every step toward democracy that occurs in the world over the next three years, for two reasons.

The first is that recent democratic gains, such as those in Ukraine, Egypt, and Lebanon, are not the fruit of neoconservative policies but of liberal ones. The United States did not invade these countries, nor did we threaten to do so. Instead, our influence was exercised by liberal means -- foreign aid, coordination with allies, and subtle diplomatic pressure.

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Bloggers Scour The World For Democratic Reform So You Don't Have To!

Fellow conservative blogger, Publius Pundit Has obviously put a remarkable amount of time and effort into outing new overtures of Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights around the world. Lot's of great pictures to go along with the stirring facts and commentary.

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Who Is In Control of Syria?

NewsMax.com in it's usual position of treading where others fear, asks the question that Middle East analysts have been asking for the last several years. But now it seems that it is Assad himself that is perpetrating the impression that others than he are in control of Syria. Here are the highlights:

Is Bashar totally in power? That is a difficult question to answer, but there certainly are centers of power around him, including some within the family," said Patrick Seale, a British expert on Syria who has written extensively about Hafez Assad.

The issue was thrown into stark relief in recent days, in part because Bashar Assad seemed at pains to paint himself as having limited power.

According to Saudi officials, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah told Assad last week during a meeting in Riyadh that he must immediately withdraw Syria's 14,000 soldiers in Lebanon.

"Not everything is up to me alone," Assad's replied, according to the officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

In a Time interview published this week, Assad again hinted he was not responsible for some of Syria's policies. Told he had done the impossible by bringing the United States and France together in unity against him, Assad answered with a laugh: "It's not me, actually."

Asked why he had jailed human rights activist Kamal Labwani, Assad answered, "I don't do everything in this country." Labwani was released in September after three years in prison.

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LA Mayoral Race Commentary From The Texafornian

SoCalPundit's (soon to be) webmaster offers his insights on the pros and cons of each of the candidates running for this office.

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Pro-Syrian Protesters: "No to foreign interference."

Does anyone else find this statement a bit absurd? Afterall, Syria controls Lebanon under the guise of keeping the peace. In otherwords, occupation. In Thousands Answer Hezbollah Call in Beirut, AP lays out that the terrorist group Hezbollah organized today's rally.

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