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Adil E. Shamoo
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Adil E. Shamoo, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, is an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and a Foreign Policy In Focus senior analyst. He is the author of: Equal Worth –- When Humanity Will Have Peace. Shamoo has written and edited 16 books on science and bioethics and his op-eds have run in many newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor and The Baltimore Sun. Shamoo was born in Baghdad, Iraq and obtained his BSc at University of Baghdad, an MSc at University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. You can read his writings on: www.forwarorpeace.com

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Obama's Changing Moral Compass on Iraq

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:26 PM

In his speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama refuted Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Rhetoric aside, the Russian president has no moral standing for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. Nevertheless, it is important to look at Obama's...

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Egypt's Fateful Choice: Democracy or Authoritarianism?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Algeria descended into civil war when its military suppressed the country's democratically popular Islamists. Could the same happen in Egypt?

Back in the days of Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian elections were won with an overwhelming majority due to the machinery of state intimidation. Egyptians saw the same tactics used...

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Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already!

(16) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.

When I was a child in Baghdad, we had a special Assyrian holiday for kids called Nusardil. As...

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Egypt's Dark Tunnel -- Events since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi have been ominous for democracy and for Egypt.

(12) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 5:29 PM

The Egyptian people face a very difficult choice. They must choose a path that does not lead toward greater violence, further economic decline, dictatorship, or even civil war. Egypt must somehow avoid the fate of Syria (a civil war with over 100,000 civilian casualties), Iraq (a confessional conflict that produces...

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Forget Red Lines: Obama Should Eat His Words on Syria

(70) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 4:08 PM

The good news? President Obama's surprise decision to consult Congress about launching a U.S. strike on Syria has returned crucial powers to the people's representatives, allowing a much-needed public discussion about the U.S. stake--or lack thereof--in Syria's civil war.

The bad news? Obama has claimed the authority to...

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Egypt's Treacherous Road

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Egyptians continue to find themselves in the throes of a revolution that began in January of 2011. Rarely are these easy periods for any nation, but now the darkness of oppression has brought the worst upon the people of Egypt.

The recently deposed President Mohamed Morsi came to power last...

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Egypt Speaks, Again

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The taxi driver was excited. Driving through the busy streets of Cairo a little more than a year ago, he wanted us to see his most prized token from the revolution that brought Egyptians to the streets in 2011. He passed his cell phone to the back seat to share...

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On the Brink of Another War

(26) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:17 PM

President Barack Obama stands on the brink of engaging the United States in another war of choice in the Middle East.

Ostensibly because the Syrian regime crossed Obama's self-declared "red line" by using chemical weapons, Washington will deliver small arms, including antitank weapons, to Syrian...

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After Iraq, Climbing Out of the Moral Abyss

(40) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 4:46 PM

The only message our children will take away from the war in Iraq is that if you repeat a boldfaced lie enough, it will someday become accepted truth. And as a corollary, saving face is much more important than admitting a mistake, no matter how destructive the outcome.

Unfortunately for...

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Obama at the Edge of a Cliff in Middle East

(64) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 7:11 PM

With Syria and Iran, President Barack Obama faces getting mired in two wars that could set the entire Middle East aflame, and perhaps the rest of the Islamic world, too. Such an outcome would be in part due to Mr. Obama's Middle Eastern policy, and the willingness of the current...

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Is Iraq on Its Way to a Civil War?

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 3:31 PM

All indicators are pointing to a looming sectarian civil war on Iraq's horizon. It is possible to avoid this civil war, but so far, the country's leaders are not willing to compromise, and outside parties show little interest in stopping it. They should care more than they do: if not...

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Morsi's Last Chance

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Egypt is rapidly approaching its most acute political and economic crisis since the 2011 revolution that swept dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.

Poverty is at an all-time high of 25 percent, with youth unemployment at a record 40 percent. Foreign currency reserves are...

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A New Middle East Agenda for Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 2:09 PM

In his first term, President Barack Obama's vision for the Middle East failed to materialize. Because he failed to deliver on his promise to redefine America's relationship with the Islamic world, he alienated Arabs and Muslims. Because he proved unable or unwilling to press the case for peace in Israel-Palestine...

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Romney on the Middle East: Obama, but Worse

(9) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 7:13 PM

Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, while trotted out as a major rejection of the current administration's approach to the Middle East, mostly just rehashed President Obama's policies, albeit with more hawkish bravado. But Romney's speech also included a host of faulty assumptions about...

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Sharks Bleeding Syria for its Carcass

(10) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Syrian rebels have been fighting Bashar Assad's regime for nearly a year and a half in a conflict that has caused 20,000 deaths. Atrocities characterized as crimes against humanity have been perpetrated against the Syrians by their own government. As the world watches in horror, much confusion remains...

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Time to Turn the Page on Egypt

(11) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 4:09 PM

As we buzzed through the streets of Cairo, gleaming white buildings occasionally popped into view through the windows of our taxis, each one in stark contrast to its surroundings. Each time, the driver's response to our queries was the same -- the buildings were "owned by the military."

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Principled Intervention in Syria

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Progressives must seriously consider intervention in Syria despite our misgivings. Such an intervention, however, need not impose hegemony on Syria. Unfortunately, so far no one advocating intervention has pledged to abide by fundamental moral principles of respecting Syrians, their independence, and their future government.

For over a year, Bashar al-Assad's...

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