RAWAN NAGHI, MONDOWEISS: It’s a noise to which you never get used. The buzzing bee over the shoulder that is an Israeli drone
JUAN COLE: The evacuation of a hospital in the face of ‘Superstorm Sandy’ drew understandably heartfelt headlines. But this is a daily reality for Gaza hospital patients.
JONATHAN COOK: Evidence has recently emerged of the programme that Israel initiated to manufacture further Palestinian despair.
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Now that they have been elected into power they are being forced to demonstrate their commitment to pluralism. This is a challenge they did not plan for.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Advances in solar power and nuclear plants will help Saudis address their energy issues but water consumption is a major issue.
JONATHAN COOK: … Expropriations would become a staple of life over the next three decades as more than 70 per cent of the land belonging to Palestinians was nationalized
MOHAMMED AL SAMEI, TABSIR: They don’t seem to notice the social and economic issues that are the main concern of their congregations.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: If Saudi Arabia is to secure its energy future nuclear power must be part of the mix
NEWS FROM SYRIA: The Red Cross issued a rare political statement on Syria to highlight the critical situation facing citizens there.
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
JUAN COLE: The Israeli government deliberately does not give Palestinians building permits [for solar energy], because it wants them to emigrate.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi citizens consume more than four times the amount of oil as their U.S counterparts. It can’t go on.
JUAN COLE: The last crackpot Neocon plan cost America $1 trillion and nearly 5,000 soldier’s lives. The latest one is meeting resistance.
MONDOWEISS, ALLISON DEGER: 35% of East Jerusalem is now set aside as a nature reserve. These areas were at one time under Palestinian control.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Demand is outstripping the ability to produce enough oil and natural gas AND continue programs of welfare at the same time.
ROB L. WAGNER: A teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said there are significant differences in safety features between boys and girls schools.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The current rate at which Saudis are consuming water is simply unsustainable. Drastic action needs to be taken. And soon.
JAMES M. DORSEY: China and Russia could quietly establish relations with Syrian protesters if and when Mr. Assad is forced to relinquish power.