From giving ammunition to Gazans to offering gasoline in Amman, Iran is really trying to gain influence in the MENA region; anger in Egypt; woman still on a short leash in Saudi; a look at a Shiite shrine; and the Rolling Stones of Morocco.
As an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was taking hold on Wednesday night, Iran made a very public overture to Jordan in what is perceived as another move to extend its influence in the region.
Today protests , rallies and clashes were beyond Tahrir square and Cairo amazingly and surprisingly. In fact the protesters outside Cairo were much violent and scary than in Cairo where the clashes are between protesters and security forces.
It is the most impassioned day of the year for Shiite Muslims — Ashoura, when one of the faith's most revered figures, Imam Hussein, was martyred in battle. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites who flocked to his resplendent, gold-domed shrine to commemorate him Saturday found the site has radically changed.
The group’s hypnotic rhythms borrowed from the mystagogic cadences of the Sufi brotherhoods, was unlike anything ever heard in Morocco, an in its own reckless way a summation of everything ever heard in Morocco.