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You Can't Keep a Good Dictator Down

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Call him Mr. Lucky. Just as major powers were about to go put the kibosh on embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, along came Japan's awful tsunami, which washed Libya off the front pages.

March 14, 2011, News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

MARCH 14, 2011, NEWS UPDATE Libyan dictator Gaddafi repulsing rebels with air power. Why does NATO keep saying NayTo no-fly zone over Libya? Great...

No-Fly Zone Over Libya Could Backfire & Undermine Protests in Middle East

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

What is happening in the Middle East will instantly become about what the West will do and won't do, rather than on what the citizens who have had enough are doing for themselves.

Obama's Libya Policy Is a Desert Mirage

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The more the White House filibusters around the edges, the more it appears as if its Libya policy is one big alibi. It all seems to add up to empty words and meaningless gestures.

Is the Obama Administration Still Way Behind the Curve on Egypt?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

America cannot continue to even influence critical events, for good or ill, if it's going to be so embarrassingly wrong in its assessments of them.

No Quick Solutions for Egypt

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Anyone who thinks that Cairo's massive calls for freedom can lead to a rapid democratization of Egypt is dangerously naive.

Change in Egypt Will Change the Region

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

Egypt's enduring authoritarian regime is the biggest hurdle to democracy and freedom in the region. If the Mubarak regime falls, other dictatorships will also fall.

Is Al Jazeera Fueling "Tunisteria"?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Let's hope that Al Jazeera's penchant for regional anarchy is tempered by cooler heads within Arab democratic dissident ranks who have far more to lose than audience share if they prematurely swallow Al Jazeera's bait.

Price for Jonathan Pollard's Release Should Be a Done Deal on Palestine

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

If Netanyahu were to commit to delivering definitively on an internationally-accepted two-state arrangement between Israel and Palestine, then I would support releasing Pollard to the Israelis.

Why the West Is Losing the Pacific to China, the Arab League, and Just About Everyone Else

Cleo Paskal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cleo Paskal

Nuku'alofa, Kingdom of Tonga. The small South Pacific country of the Kingdom of Tonga has been busy. In a two-week period around the start of Septembe...

A Paradigm Shift

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab League's decision to give more time for efforts to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations signals they may have finally decided to collectively assume responsibility for its success or failure.

The Settlement Freeze: Painted Into a Corner?

Rabbi Brant Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Brant Rosen

It's bewildering to me that the issue of settlements can somehow considered to be a pesky distraction to the peace process. They are a central obstacle to the peace process.

Israel Settlement Freeze Ends, Construction Resumes Across West Bank

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) JERUSALEM — The Palestinian president said Monday he would wait at least a week before deciding whether to quit Mideast peace talks, giving U.S...

Anna Baltzer: Palestinians "come second" at peace talks

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

A visit to the occupied territories of Palestine can change one's perspectives forever. Such was the case of Anna Baltzer. Baltzer is a Jewish-America...

The Palestinians' Ultimate Option

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

By working to advance negotiations on the one hand while preparing the groundwork for a declaration of statehood on the other, the Palestinians can take control of their future, but only through non-violent means.

Progressive? Then Don't Boycott Israel

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

A recent article in the Nation was at its most preposterous in depicting BDS as a grassroots movement assembling Palestinians, anti-Zionist Jews, and labor unionists in a moral crusade against Zionism.

UN: A Safe House for Serial Human Rights Abusers

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

It is deeply distressing that the United States, historically Israel's key friend and protector from the United Nations' attacks is inexorably backing away from that role.

Arabs Believe Obama is Powerless in the Middle East

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

The unprecedented enthusiasm in the Arab and Muslim World which greeted Barack Obama's election win nearly 20 months ago has been replaced with disapp...

Fifth Estate, Censorship Battles at Dubai's Arab Media Forum

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

In the United Arab Emirates -- of which Dubai is a member -- collaboration between telecoms and new media is flourishing, leading to a creative model emerging from the Middle East region.

"Qum" Buy Ya

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

While the technical revelations regarding the Qum nuclear enrichment facility filter out as the IAEA prepares its final report to the U.N., the U.S. is at a crossroads regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Rohrabacher Berates Iraqis: Be More Grateful!

The Nation | Eric Naing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight met today to discuss issues of sovereignty and stability in Iraq ran...

What Arabs Can Do to Support Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

It is clear that the Obama Administration is making a real effort to press Israel to suspend all settlement construction -- using, at times, language not heard since the time of President Carter.

Mubarak Stresses Egypt's Peace Role in the Arab World

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has positioned himself -- and Egypt's diplomatic initiatives -- at the head of the Arab camp's efforts to bring peace to the region.

Spurred by Iran, Arab World Witnesses Nuclear Renaissance

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

As North Korea restarts its main nuclear plant and Iran continues to flex its nuclear muscles, a less publicized nuclear renaissance is underway in the Middle East.

The Arab League: This Moribund Body Needs A New Home in the UAE

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

The UAE stands the best chance of providing the next secretary-general of the Arab League and reviving this cement corpse.