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Marwan Bishara
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Marwan Bishara is Al Jazeera's senior political analyst and the editor & host of Empire, which examines global powers and their agendas. He was previously a professor of International Relations at the American University of Paris and a fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. An author who writes and speaks extensively on global politics, Bishara is widely regarded as a leading authority on on many of today’s most relevant global issues, US foreign policy and the greater Middle East. He is the author of, among others, Palestine/Israel: Peace or Apartheid (Zed Press). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Guardian, Le Monde and The Nation, among other outlets.

Entries by Marwan Bishara

For Obama, an Indispensable Lesson from the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:31 PM

President Barack Obama, who by any measure is a smart and shrewd politician, must be feeling rather foolish nowadays. Not only have his predictions proved wrong about Iraq and al-Qaeda, but, under his watch, America is also being drawn back into the Iraq quagmire three years after it withdrew.
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Why Obama Is Right and Wrong About Syria

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Twenty years after the genocide in Rwanda, history is repeating itself a second time as a tragedy in Syria.

Then as now, indifference, incompetence and procrastination underline UN shortcomings and Western double standard. As if we've learned nothing, zero, zip, zilch, nada.

Now as...

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Obama and Castro: Closer, But No Cigar

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Cubans are a proud people. Feisty and industrious. They stood up to their overwhelmingly more powerful neighbor and achieved higher literacy, life expectancy and better healthcare in comparison to their Caribbean neighbors.

But their overconfidence is a blessing and a curse. It brings to mind the joke...

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Explaining the Jewish Hold Over Palestine, in America

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:15 PM

A Jewish-Jewish debate has heated up in recent years in the United States with new critical voices of Israel taking center stage. Such healthy debate is not unique in American politics. Immigrant communities like the Cubans, Irish and Armenians do the same.

But confining the American debate...

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Reading Mysteries in Havana: It Takes Two to Salsa But Will the US and Cuba Face the Music?

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:10 PM

When it comes to Cuba I am out of practice on a number of fronts. Debilitating nights. Double Coronas. Disarming charm.

But not daunting mysteries, fictional or real. Once one makes peace with slow Internet connections, or intermittent, or no Internet connections, the re-emergence of "old-fashioned" ways,...

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The Mystery of CNN 2014: What's the Vanguard Cable Network Up To?

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 9:41 AM

CNN took off with the Malaysian airliner's disappearance and hasn't landed since. It has been flying high in the ratings for its unrelenting coverage of what it dubbed "the mystery of flight 370."

Even when it became known that the plane wasn't lost, hijacked, let alone snatched...

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Washington's High Priests: Why Mainstream Pundits Who Are Generally Wrong on Foreign Policy Continue to Pontificate

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Why are President Obama's recent approval ratings on foreign policy dismal, asks one pundit, when he does what a majority of Americans like him to do?

His answer: "They're not proud of it, and they're not grateful to him for giving them what they want." And, he adds,...

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The Cold War Is NOT Back

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Blowing hot air about a Cold War redux has reached new heights following the crisis in Ukraine. It reveals the level of hysteria among Russian and American ideologues. So much, that even the cool-headed began to speak of the need to avert another Cold War that "we cannot afford."

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Behind AIPAC's Successes and Failures

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:09 PM

AIPAC's convention opened in the American capital this week amid Washington's preoccupation with Ukraine and President Obama's persistence over negotiations with Tehran and on Palestine.

But neither has diminished AIPAC conventioneers' optimism regarding the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

If all politics is more or less local, the upcoming...

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Deciphering the Ambiguities of U.S. Strategy Towards Al Qaeda and the 'Greater Middle East'

(26) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Judging by recent statements and actions, President Obama might be concerned by the unparalleled proliferation of Al Qaeda, but he's hardly alarmed that it has become a rallying cry for Jihadi movements, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean affiliates, controlling larger territories, with more fighters and with greater appeal....

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Time for Journalists to Unite: The Years 2012 and 2013 Have Been the Worst on Record for Reporters

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Here we go again; three of our colleagues who've been arrested in Egypt for allegedly communicating with the recently banned Muslim Brotherhood, decreed a "terrorist" organization, have had their arrests extended. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are the latest victims of a series of crackdowns...

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President Obama Needs to Avoid False Choices in the Middle East

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 4:51 PM

The United States is increasingly uninterested in the Middle East as the region becomes polarized and paralyzed by old and new forces. Contrasted binary labels such as rulers and Islamists, war and terrorism, secularism and sectarianism, while seem self-evident, they nonetheless conceal a far more complicated and dangerous reality, one...

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The Third Anniversary of the Arab Spring: Towards a Counter Counter-Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:28 PM

Inasmuch as a revolution is a break with history, the Arab peoples' revolution broke with history three years ago this December. But inasmuch as a revolution is an evolutionary process, the revolution has entered its fourth year.

The Arab revolution is a long time coming. It has been incredibly shocking,...

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Washington's Egyptian Dilemma

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 12:16 PM

As the situation escalates into a full-fledged confrontation between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington is once again playing catch-up with its own clients.

Happy to see the backs of the Islamists, the U.S. administration refrained from referring to the military overthrow of President Morsi as...

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Egypt's Three Challenges: Time to Make (Not Score) Points

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Awaiting history's judgment of Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El Sisi, his call for street demonstrations to support his fight against "violence and terror," is outrageous, though not terribly surprising.

Faced with mounting outcry from the Brotherhood's rank and file against the ousting of President Morsi, the general has continued...

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Egypt, Repression or Reconciliation? When Egyptians Are Right and Wrong

(18) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 6:48 PM

In Egypt, a country that is terribly polarized and dangerously tense, facts get in the way.

Each side claims their own truths and denies the legitimacy of others, dismissing them as fanatics or sell-outs. The Egyptian parties are busy demonizing each other and in the process are...

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Syria Betrayed

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 11:48 AM

You've listened. You've watched. You've witnessed the worst crime of the 21st century thus far.

A people bombed, murdered, purged, tortured, imprisoned and humiliated. The world watches from the sidelines, as a whole society is destroyed and tens of thousands of its finest people killed for daring to demand a...

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Violence Has No Religion: New Rules for Bill Maher on Islam

(105) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:29 PM

I enjoy watching Real Time with Bill Maher whenever I can, and I especially appreciate the wittiness and humor of his New Rules. Alas, whenever the subject of Islam and the Middle East pops, the show turns ugly. To avoid the cynicism that mars Maher show a few new rules...

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Tony Blair: who Wants him Fired?

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Tony Blair has been a political salesman since he first made his debut at the British Labour Party conferences. And he is good, no doubt about that.

Not only because he speaks coherently; he is Scottish after all. Nor is it because he's often compared to George W Bush.

It's...

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U.S. Failing Successfully in Afghanistan

(90) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 3:10 PM

While we have been fixated on successive Arab breakthroughs and victories against tyranny and extremism, Washington is failing miserably but discreetly in Afghanistan.

The American media's one-obsession-at-a-time coverage of global affairs might have put the spotlight on President Obama's slow and poor reaction to the breathtaking developments...

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