Referring to Queen Rania, the wife of King Abdullah II, [Caio Blinder, a Brazilian television presenter] said: “Politically, she and other piranhas are unpalatable. “All of them have a facade of modernisation of these regimes. That is, they do not want to seem like they are royal parasites nor submissive Muslim woman. “This is to sell to the West while their husbands are there, beating, stealing.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/8454061/Brazilian-TV-presenter-calls-Queen-Rania-of-Jordan-a-piranha.html
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Who said the current Israeli government hates all Arabs? They seem to adore Arab dictators:
“We believe that Egypt is going to overcome the current wave of demonstrations, but we have to look to the future,” says [a] minister in the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel enjoys diplomatic relations and security cooperation with both Egypt and Jordan, the only neighboring states that have signed treaties with the Jewish state. But while it may be more efficient to deal with a strongman in Cairo — Mubarak has ruled for 30 years — and a King in Amman, democracies make better neighbors, “because democracies do not initiate wars,” he says.
“Having said that, I’m not sure the time is right for the Arab region to go through the democratic process,” he adds.
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The Nejdi Lobby:
The state department said details of the deal had been sent to Congress, which now has 30 days to object.
Reports said the sale, which could be the most lucrative in US history, would support 75,000 jobs in the country.
Sources say the plan is part of a strategy to deal with the threat from Iran. The state department said Israel was not expected to raise objections.
State department official Andrew Shapiro said the weapons were critical for Saudi Arabia’s defence from threats such as al-Qaeda and Iran.
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Down below the supposed influence of the Israel lobby over US foreign policy has been raised, something which appears routinely on Talk Islam, especially when Beloved Barack’s foreign policy record and views on the subject are raised for debate (does he ‘hate’ Israelis too?).
The argument seems to largely rest on the powerful and enchanting (and potentially dangerous) thesis put forward by mainstream respected academics John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt (M&W) in The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy. No need to recap it here, as I am sure many are aware of this gist of M&W’s argument.
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Uppity, ungrateful, Arabs find Emperor Obama I no better than Emperor Bush II:
Approval of U.S. leadership is now similar or lower than what it was in 2008 in several of the Middle East and North African countries Gallup surveyed in 2010, erasing gains seen after the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration. Egypt, Syria, and Algeria are the exceptions, though in all cases approval remains relatively low.
Don’t these people realise they’re unless they’re kissing Obama’s feet they’re supporting Sarah Palin?
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Barack Obama responded quite rightfully by dismissing and criticising Mahmoud Ahmadinajed’s deranged suggestion that the US was involved in 9/11. However, he then went onto chide Iran for ‘not international norms’.
He then went onto pose a hypothetical case whereby Iran’s nuclear ambitions would lead to a regional arms race. Fair enough; it’s a good point to consider. But when questioned by the BBC Persia interviewer’s comment on Israel’s role in the region (e.g. Israel attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities), he said he didn’t want to engage in ‘hypotheticals’.
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