I’m back from vacation. Here’s some news this morning.
4. Bahrain. Bahrain is second on my list of places to keep an eye on, after Lebanon. Bahraini courts denied the release of a prominent activist, saying he is “inciting” people against the government, which violates the constitution. The activist is one of the founders of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. Not surprising he was denied release, but more reporting should be done on human rights issues & the protests in Bahrain.
3. Egypt. Remember how Egypt had a constitution up in the air before the whole Morsi-got-overthrown thing? Well, Adly Mansour, the interim president, has received the final amended draft. Also, Egypt is postponing accepting a millions of dollars loan from the Gulf states. Interesting.
2. Lebanon. For the first time since 1990, the Lebanese army has been put in full control of a city: Lebanon’s city of Tripoli, near the Syrian border, where sectarian violence has been awful—mostly between Alawites and Sunni Muslims. Schools and business are shut down to to violence and snipers. And more than 100 people have been killed in the past year.
1. Iraq. Daily deadly attacks continue in Iraq. Car bombings, sectarian violence, shootings of civilians, attacks on mayors or politicians. It’s bad. 6,200 people have died in Iraq so far this year, and it’s too easy to blame the violence entirely on the neighboring Syrian war. Iraq is inching closer to the brink of civil war.