Elliott Abrams

Pressure Points

Abrams gives his take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues.

Telescopic Philanthropy, 2011

by Elliott Abrams Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wreckage is seen after rioters damaged shops in Maan. (Petra Petra/Courtesy Reuters)

APN News: “Rioters in the southern Jordanian city of Maan set fire to government buildings, police cars and businesses on Tuesday to protest the murder of two men earlier this week prompting the government to send security forces to restore order. Witnesses say more than 500 rioters were protesting the lack of arrests after Monday’s killings. Demonstrations filled streets in the desert town about 250 kilometers south of the capital, Amman. Security officials said on Tuesday that they used tear gas to disperse protesters who had attacked government property and damaged private shops. … Residents say the unrest followed the funeral of two workers from prominent Maan tribes who had been killed in a labor dispute by Bedouins from the powerful Hwaitat tribe. They said Hwaitat members were angered that rival tribes from Maan were employed in their hometown to build a multi-million dollar water project.”

Jerusalem Post: “Jordanian King Abdullah on Wednesday warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that “the deadlocked peace process threatens the entire region,” AFP reported. Abdullah’s comments to Netanyahu came in a telephone conversation between the two described in a statement released by Jordan. “Efforts for having serious and effective peace talks should continue, based on a two-state solution, which is the only way to achieve regional stability and security,” Abdullah reportedly told the prime minister.”

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Introducing Pressure Points

by Elliott Abrams Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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Pressure Points is a new blog, primarily about the Middle East but with a special interest in democracy promotion and human rights issues more broadly.

Why start a new blog? There’s no escaping the element of vanity in any blog: it is written with the expectation that readers will appear. If you write it, they will come. We’ll see about that, but the purpose here is to discuss American human rights policy and events in the Middle East from a particular perspective: that we must use our own greatest strengths, defend our values and interests, and probe the weaknesses of our opponents in protecting our national security.

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