Middle East News – July 6th

Syrian President Assad pictured with top general Manaf Tlas who surprisingly defected from the increasingly imperiled Syrian regime yesterday

– Hilary Clinton has slammed Russia and China for blocking international efforts to intervene in Syria, claiming that they are helping to prop up Assad’s flagging regime – CNN

– A haunting video about the recent ‘honor killings’ occurring in the desert communities of Northern Jordan and how it affects the women there – CNN

– Libya’s government has denied that it has extradited Gadaffi’s former Minister of Information back to the country for trial – Al-Bawaba

– An in-depth look from BBC at the men who surround Assad and have helped to keep him in power during the last year – BBC

– A film has been released in Israel depicting an Israeli border policeman kicking a nine year-old Palestinian boy, prompting outcries from Palestinians and a full-scale investigation from Israeli authorities – BBC

– Manaf Tlas, one of the highest generals in the Syrian army, has officially defected from Assad’s regime and fled to Paris – Al-Jazeera

– The Turkish government has announced that it has recovered the bodies of the pilots of the aircraft downed last week by Syrian anti-aircraft installations – BBC

– The Israeli government is looking to extend the military draft to the ultra-conservative Jewish groups that have long been excluded (and thusly resented) from the general military draft – Al-Jazeera

– Libyans of all demographics are excited about Libya’s first democratic elections in anyone’s lifetime – Al-Bawaba

– A week ago Saudi Arabia announced that women would be allowed to participate in all future Olympic games, a monumental step for this ultra-conservative country.  But, yesterday, the country’s Olympic committee released the ‘stipulations’ by which women will be allowed to compete, including needing the permission of a male guardian to enter into competition – CNN

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