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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Neoconservative fairy tales about Syria. Matt Purple debunks [1] some of the most common false claims about Syria and U.S. policy there.

Bombs falling from the sky day and night. Amnesty International reports [2] on likely war crimes committed in northern Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign.

Why the U.S. may be complicit in war crimes in Yemen. Justin Salhani comments [3] on the findings in the Amnesty report.

Yemen doesn’t need the Obama administration’s “deep concern.” Paul O’Brien calls [4] on Obama to halt U.S. support for the Saudi-led campaign.

Mastering Dothraki. Henry Hitchings reviews [5] David Peterson’s The Art of Language Invention.

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#1 Comment By a spencer On October 9, 2015 @ 6:17 pm

Everyone get your Obama jokes out of the way, but let’s acknowledge the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet’s Nobel Peace Prize today.

I’m guessing Mohamed Bouazizi wasn’t thinking about starting the so-called Arab Spring when he set himself on fire in December 2010, but his action represented the frustration, humiliation and disenfranchisement of millions of people and within a couple months a long-term (Western-backed) dictator was forced from power. In terms of bloodshed, well, just compare it to everything that’s come since.

What’s the difference? Yeah, Tunisia has had a couple terrorist attacks in the last year, but why did its revolution result in a new Constitution? Even Ennahda hailed today’s Nobel announcement.

Jasmine took everyone by surprise – sure, these revolutions were fomenting across the region for years, but no one had been toppled.

In its infancy, everyone stayed the *eff* out. Tunisians did this on their own.