23 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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Cell 36: Palestinian children locked in solitary confinement in Israel – video

  • 23 Jan 2012:Two Palestinian teenagers talk about their experiences of being held in solitary confinement within Al Jalame prison, northern Israel



EU approves tough oil embargo on Iran

 Sanctions to ban new contracts between bloc’s 27 member states and Islamic Republic over its disputed nuclear programme.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 15:12 GMT

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Syria rejects Arab League transition plan

 Official source condemns initiative as “conspiracy”, while head of Arab League observer team says violence has dipped.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2012 13:55 GMT

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In Depth

Interactive: Assad’s inner circle

Al Jazeera staff 23 Jan 2012 14:38 GMT
Syrian president relies on close aides, as he faces the toughest challenge to 40-years of Assad family rule.

So much for Republican ‘family values’

Sarah Churchwell: Partisan politics has so poisoned the system that cognitive dissonance is a way of life.

The test of a first-rate intelligence, F Scott Fitzgerald once said, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function”. Fitzgerald remains one of our greatest experts on the American scene, but I’ve never been a particular fan of this comment, because functioning under opposing ideas is also the test of a first-rate hypocrite.

It seems, for example, a fair description of Newt Gingrich’s spectacular hypocrisy, as well as of the generous, philosophical tone some of the Republican faithful have taken toward this abdication of their supposedly foundational “family values”……………………………………

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The USS Abraham Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Gulf without incident, after Iran backed away from an earlier threat to take action if an American carrier returned to the strategic waterway

EU approves ban on Iranian oil imports             

The European Union formally adopted an oil embargo today against Iran and a freeze of the assets of the country’s central bank.

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