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Marc Lynch

Arming Syrian 'Moderate' Fighters Emboldens Islamic State

Kate Gould | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

While the president has justified his plan to arm and train "moderate" Syrian armed groups on the grounds that it would counter the growth of the Islamic State, it will likely have the exact opposite effect. Further funding for "moderate" Syrian opposition groups will embolden IS and risk widening the brutal Syrian war.

Mission Accomplished? Syria, the Anti-War Movement, and the Spirit of Internationalism

Danny Postel | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Danny Postel

It's hard for me to share the peace movement's triumphalism. Yes, a US military attack was thwarted - good. But is that where the story ends?

Journalism 101... for Professor Marc Lynch

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.30.2013 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

Journalists are not beauticians. It is not our job to airbrush or sanitize an opinion, but to make people aware of what is being said -- warts and all -- in a language they can understand.

Cut Off U.S. Aid to Egypt? It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

In addition to the importance of adhering to the rule of law -- not a small thing in its own right -- there are other good reasons to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt.

Will Obama Buckle?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Netanyahu may believe that it would be nice to hold on to the West Bank. But in his brain he knows that maintaining Israel's friendship with the United States is infinitely nicer.