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Unintended Consequences of Obama’s ISIS Plan

This is not the first intervention in the history of U.S. involvement in the Middle East that has resulted in unintended consequences.…

The 3 Pillars of Failure in the US War on the Islamic State

The US's air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) is only the latest example of counterproductively attempting to solve problems by force,…

Syria: Engaging the Opposition with More than Weapons

Syria: Engaging the Opposition with More than Weapons

The Syria government and rebel groups negotiate education, utilities, and reduction of violence issues. …

The Oil Racket

As Obama vows destroy ISIS, the deadly scramble for resources and the Qatari and Iranian battle to deliver natural gas to Europe remains at the center.…

In Damascus, IS, FSA and al Nusra Compete for Dwindling Support

In some of Damascus neighborhoods there are few families’ left—only fighters. But in others, residents are trickling back in despite the danger. …

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

What is one to make of “Arab gallantry” during and after Israel’s most brutal war on Gaza?…

Where Has Iran Gone Right and Saudi Arabia Terribly Wrong?

Saudi Arabia and Iran have been in a constant struggle to be biggest players in the Persian Gulf and the greater Middle East. …

Iraq, Syria, and Superpower Prerogatives

Iraq, Syria, and Superpower Prerogatives

The Obama Administration shares responsibility for the fact that Syria has been transformed into a breeding ground for violent Sunni jihadist organizations. …

After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel

After ‘Protective Edge’: What Future for Palestine and Israel

The UN Human Rights Commission has taken what for it is an exceptional step of appointing a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of war crimes. …

Tunneling into Hezbollah

In Lebanon, a potentially cataclysmic scenario in the minds of its military strategists is now becoming incessantly prevalent.…

Conflicting Policy Goals: The Achilles Heel of U.S. Middle East Policy

In Syria, the U.S. is supporting and arming the Sunni rebel groups, many of whom are allied with ISIS.…

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

As far as the US is concerned, the only real genocide is the one that serves the interests of the west by offering an opportunity for military intervention.…

ISIS, Militarism, and the Violent Imagination

ISIS, Militarism, and the Violent Imagination

Militarist geopolitics seems destined to lead to yet another Western catastrophe in the tormented Middle East.…

Has the United States Ever Set a Bad Example?

Anti-American terrorists have made it explicitly clear that their actions were in retaliation for Washington’s decades of international abominations.…

Iraq, ISIS, and The Myth of Sisyphus

Iraq, ISIS, and The Myth of Sisyphus

I can think of no greater absurd foreign policy path to follow than to continue arming one wing of Syria’s rebels while at the same time bombing another.…

Losing the Plot: Netanyahu to Face New Gaza Reality

Losing the Plot: Netanyahu to Face New Gaza Reality

Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide backfired beyond anyone’s expectations. He helped resurrect the very movement he tried to crush. …

The Failures of US Foreign/Military Policy

The Failures of US Foreign/Military Policy

The United States insists on being recognized as world hegemon, but refuses to take any responsibility for the great number of negative results.…

Winners and Losers in Gaza: On Victory and False Victory

Winners and Losers in Gaza: On Victory and False Victory

How can we explain Netanyahu’s triumphant statement on 28 August and the massive celebrations on the streets of Gaza regarding the ‘victory’ over Israel?…

Passover

Passover

Deception, theft, and genocide are promoted by the god of The Bible as modus operandi of Zionism. The Passover story is instructive in this regard.…

Palestine: A Thief Crawled into Grandmother and Grandfather’s Bed

Why should one person’s past be forgotten, repressed, while the other’s story is continuously re-told?…

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