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Middle East Voices

Middle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement to VOANews.com, is designed to present news, views and conversation to stimulate dialogue and understanding within, without and across man-made borders. On our platform, among other content, you will finds expert insights and community-submitted viewpoints on pressing political, economic, social and religious issues reshaping the Middle East and our world.

Middle East Monitor: Strong Words for Both Sides in Syria

- The U.N. Chief slams both the Syrian government and rebels. - Is it time for a military intervention in Syria? - There is new hope for families of missing Lebanese. - The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) comment on the race for the White House.     Middle East VoicesMiddle East More »

Middle East Monitor: Syrian Military Strategy in Focus

- Syrian forces turn to air power as the insurgency gains ground. - The Red Cross presses Syria on more humanitarian aid. - Allegations of wrongdoing by the U.S. and Libya during the Bush administration. - A Pakistani judge grants bail to a girl accused of blasphemy. - We check in on Muslim Democrats at the National Convention.      More »

Middle East Monitor: Russia Says “Nyet” to Intervention in Syria

- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the West is relying on al-Qaida to defeat Assad. - Turkey takes a more belligerent stance against Syria. - Bleak long-term prospects reported for the Palestinian economy. - CAIR notes a sharp increase in the number of Muslim-American delegates at the Democratic convention     Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique More »

Middle East Monitor: Veils Reappear on Egyptian TV Newscasts

- A ban against veiled women newscasters on Egyptian state TV was lifted following a decision by the new Islamist-dominated government’s top media official.  The decision drew applause from women who wear the veil, and condemnation from others who adhere to a more secular society. - The UN refugee agency reports the number of registered More »

Middle East Monitor: Is Negotiation the Solution in Syria?

- Daniel Newman, head of the Arabic Department at Britain’s Durham University, supports negotiating an end the crisis in Syria and he tells VOA channels of communication should be kept open with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. - Fears are growing that Syria’s conflict will spill into neighboring Lebanon, where the government has More »

Middle East Monitor: Praise and Caution For Libya’s Transition

- Fred Abrahams, special adviser to Human Rights Watch in New York, discusses Libya’s National Transitional Council’s peaceful handover of power to the country’s first elected assembly. - Syrian activists say clashes between government forces and rebels are still raging in Aleppo, as the military presses on with an assault on opposition-held areas of the More »

Middle East Monitor: Is Iran Fueling the Fire in Syria?

- A look at why Iran is bolstering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled government. - VOA asks Marius Deeb, a professor with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, if Iran’s reaffirmation of support widens the Syrian conflict. - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is “urgent” to plan for what happens More »

Middle East Monitor: What Does a High Level Syrian Defection Mean?

- Daniel Serwer, a professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a scholar at the Middle East Institute, speaks about the importance of the Syrian prime minister’s defection. - White House spokesman Jay Carney says it’s time for a peaceful transition of power in Syria. - Syrian refugees are seeking smugglers to spirit More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Israeli Urges Greater Security

- Israeli leaders are calling on Egypt to strengthen security along their common border, after alleged Islamist militants waged a deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers and tried to force their way into Israel. - As violence rages in Aleppo, we speak with Richard Murphy, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, about the possibility of establishing More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Annan Quits Syria Peace Effort

- We get reaction to U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan stepping down from his position on Syria from Nadim Shehadi, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House in London. - VOA correspondent Mohamed Elshinnawi speaks with Theodore Kattouf, the former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, about the conflict in that nation. - With nearly 80 percent More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Yemen- the Arab Spring’s Forgotten Child?

- Middle East Analyst Robert Powell with the Economist Intelligence Unit answers the question:  Is Yemen getting its due measure of international attention? - Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution addresses the possibility of international intervention in Syria. - President Obama signs an executive order that imposes more sanctions on Iran’s energy and petrochemical sectors. - Ramadan More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: “Will Egypt’s New Government be Inclusive?”

- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Egyptian people and the international community are looking to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to appoint an inclusive government with women and Christians. - The United Nations estimates 200,000 civilians have fled Syria’s Aleppo and surrounding areas in recent days. - Turkish officials warn they might intervene in More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Another Syrian Diplomat Defects, Fighting in Aleppo Continues

- Syria’s chief diplomat in London defects as fighting continues in Aleppo - US Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney goes to Poland - Senegal’s new parliament looks to the future… Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement to VOANews.com, is designed to present More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Bracing for a Massacre in Syria

- As the crisis heightens in Syria, Jordan is preparing to open its first designated refugee camp for Syrians fleeing the violence - A look at accusations of racism in China… - And a look at Kenya’s Olympic contenders. Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Aleppo in the Crosshairs

- Residents of Aleppo endure and prepare for more heavy attacks - What dangers does Iran’s nuclear program pose? - And we look ahead to the London Olympic games. Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement to VOANews.com, is designed to present More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Heavy Fighting Continues in the Syrian City of Aleppo

-  Heavy fighting continues in the Syrian city of Aleppo, more than 40 people have been killed. -  Russia’s Foreign Minister criticizes the United States for supporting what he called “terrorism” in Syria -  Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for deadly bombings in Iraq. Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Demands for President al-Assad to Step Down

- Syria’s SNC opposition demands the country’s president and his entire government step down - Gunmen north of Kabul kill an American engineer and two Afghans Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement to VOANews.com, is designed to present news, views More »

QUICKTAKE: Syria Aside, Turkey Has Enough Troubles – Analyst

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center left, Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek, center right, Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel, third left, and other officials attend a religious funeral for Captain Gokhan Ertan, at a mosque in the eastern Turkish city of Malatya, Turkey, Friday, July 6, 2012. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top military commanders have joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of two pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria. The somber ceremony took place at an air base in Malatya, from where the pilots' plane had originally taken off. (AP Photo)

Hugh Pope, Project Director for Turkey of the International Crisis Group is stationed in Istanbul. He comments on the difficult situation Turkey finds itself in trying to assist Syrian opposition groups without being drawn into a war with Syria. But the country’s predicament is complicated by another dimension – the on-going clashes they have More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: Attacks in Iraq Leave more than 100 Dead

- The deadliest day in more than two years hits multiple cities… - Syria says it will not use chemical weapons against its own people… - And the U.S. state of Arkansas copes with drought. Middle East VoicesMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. The site, as a supplement More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast: The Mahdi Virus Strikes the Mideast

- Computers across the Middle East are being hit by nasty malware that steals as much information about users as possible, all under a cloak of hidden code. - Syrian observers disagree about how much responsibility UN envoy Kofi Annan bears for the international failings in Syria. - A look at the contributions of one of More »