Middle East News – August 1st

Ultra-Orthodox Jews previously exempt from Israel’s military conscription are no longer exempt with the passing of new legistlation

– An interactive guide to track officials who have defected from Assad’s regime in the past few months – Al-Jazeera

– A new Egyptian cabinet has been officially declared, over a month after Mohammad Morsi became Egypt’s president – Al-Bawaba

– Kofi Annan has resigned as the UN’s special envoy to Syria, citing disappointment with the lack of change he has been able to exert from that position – CNN

– Israel’s army has been told to begin preparations to draft ultra-orthodox Jews who were previously exempt from military conscription – Al-Jazeera

– New videos show that Syrian rebels have performed public executions of soldiers still loyal to Assad’s regime – Al-Jazeera

– Hamas is resisting pressure from the UN that Holocaust history be taught in schools run by the UN in Palestinian territory – BBC

– President Obama has signed a secret order allowing the CIA to provide aid to Syrian rebels and those trying to leave the Syrian civil war – Al-Bawaba

– Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia all sent their first women in history to the London Olympics, see how they are doing – CNN

Middle East News – July 18th

– Tens of thousands of textile labororers in northern Egypt have gone on strike to ask for higher wages.  This will be the first significant test for newly elected Mohamed Morsi, as spreading labor unrest will further handicap Egypt’s ability to pay back its international debts – Al-Jazeera

– Yesterday three top officials in the Assad regime were killed in Damascus, prompting US officials to declare that Assad is slowly ‘losing control’ of the country – BBC – Assad’s brother-in-law was among the dead in Damascus – Al-Bawaba

– An interesting spread about the Olympic athletes who persevered through the turmoil of the Arab Spring and hope to proudly represent their countries in the rapidly approaching London Olympics – CNN

– A bomb attack has killed seven Israeli tourists traveling near the Bulgarian city of Burgas.  The Israeli government has blamed Iran for this attack, the latest in a series of attacks blamed by Israel on Iran – BBC

– Relatives of three Americans killed in drone strikes on Al-Qaeda forces in Yemen have filed suit against the US government.  They allege that the attacks were illegal and unconstitutional – BBC

– Yemen’s president has announced the detainment of a group of terrorists apparently funded by Iran.  Following this arrest he released a strongly worded statement warning Iran to stay out of Yemen and quit interfering – BBC

Middle East News – July 9th

Oman’s sultan, Qaboos bin Said, is finally feeling the repercussions of last year’s Arab Spring has protests begin in his usually quiet gulf nation over rising unemployment

– Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was charged with two breaches of trust but acquitted on two charges of corruption and bribery in a mixed verdict that leaves his political future uncertain – CNN

– A government support report has stated that it wants Israel to create dozens of unsanctioned and illegal outposts on Palestinian land – Al-Jazeera

– The upheaval of the Arab Spring may finally be reaching the typically conservative and reclusive Omani sultanate where hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets in reaction to rising youth employment and broken government promises – BBC

– Egypt’s Morsi has ordered the dissolved parliament to reconvene in reaction to a court’s ruling denying him the right to do so – Al-Jazeera

– The U.S. State department has issued a statement urging Iraq to release a pastor detained for over a thousand days because he left Islam in his youth – CNN

– Dubai has announced the building of a massive and environmentally friendly Green Mosque to be ready sometime in late 2013 – Al-Jazeera

– A leading Bahraini protestor has been given a three month jail sentence for sending out a tweet critical of the reigning prime minister – Al-Jazeera

– The liberal Alliance of National Forces is predicted to win the recent Libyan election, with 75% of the votes having already been counted – Al-Bawaba