- Clinton says the U.S. plans a new push on Arab-Israeli peace. (Reuters)
– Egypt detains Mubarak and sons: the country’s prosecutor says ex-leader and two sons will be held for 15 days pending a probe into abuse of authority and graft (Al Jazeera)
– Leading Bahraini businessman died in police custody (Al Jazeera)
– Iran claims to be speeding up its nuclear program; what should the U.S. do? (Wapo)
– Joseph Nye defends soft power (FP)
1. Clinton says the U.S. plans a new push on Arab-Israeli peace: “’The status quo between Palestinians and Israelis is no more sustainable than the political systems that have crumbled in recent months,’ she said, saying the only way to meet both people's aspirations was through a two-state solution. (Reuters)
2. “Egypt detains Mubarak and sons: the country’s prosecutor says ex-leader and two sons will be held for 15 days pending a probe into abuse of authority and graft. Earlier on Tuesday, Mubarak had been questioned in hospital by prosecutors at the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has been staying since he was ousted from power by a popular uprising on February 11. Mubarak, 82, was taken to an intensive care unit after suffering heart problems when he was being questioned during an investigation, state television reported.” (Al Jazeera)
3. “A Bahraini businessman who was a member of the country's leading Shia Muslim opposition group, Wefaq, has died in police custody, sources say. Fakhrawi's was the fourth known death in police custody in recent days. Bahrain's government denies there is torture in Bahrain and says all such allegations will be investigated.” (Al Jazeera)
4. “Pace of Attacks in Libya Conflict Is Dividing NATO: On the eve of two important meetings this week, France and Britain openly called on the alliance and its partners to intensify airstrikes on Libyan government troops to protect civilians, prompting an unusual public retort from NATO’s command that it was carrying out the military operation under the terms of the United Nations Security Council resolution that authorized force.” (NYT)
5. Joseph Nye writes in defense of soft power: “Even the U.S. military doesn't want to cut the State Department and foreign aid budget. So why is Congress playing a dangerous game with America's global influence?”
6. Tom Friedman says, “The Arab world desperately needs its versions of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk — giants from opposing communities who rise above tribal or Sunni-Shiite hatreds to forge a new social compact.”
7. The Washington Post editorial board worries that Iran is still moving toward the nuclear bomb, and urges the Obama administration to do more to curb its progress: “The better course, which we among others have urged since the opposition Green Movement was born nearly two years ago, is to bet on a renewed popular uprising in Iran….there is much more the administration could do, such as finding ways to support Iranian unions and student movements, stepping up broadcasting and accelerating funding for technology that can undermine Internet censorship.”
8. A new Gallup poll shows Pakistani anger reaching new heights.
It is interesting to observe, how post-revolution era in Egypt develops, what the military there is up to and what influence it will have on the country's future!
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