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The Clash of Cultures

Christos Terzides | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Christos Terzides

Paris struck home and given human nature, it's hard not to take sides--even unconsciously.

Don't Get Fooled Again: What NOT To Do Is Clear

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Robert S. McElvaine

What France, the United States, and other Western nations should do in response to the unmitigated evil that was perpetrated by terrorists, apparently associated with ISIS, in Paris on Friday is not at all clear.

Syria's Two-Body Problem

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

The Syrian body politic is in the process of slow-motion dismemberment, for the head of state has lost quite a few of his extremities. Yet Assad is clinging to power in this shrunken entity, fearful of what might happen to his physical body if he should leave power, voluntarily or involuntarily.

Why Bridging the Iran-Saudi Divide Is Vital for Peace in Syria and the Region

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Rather than trying to constrain Iran and isolate it in its own region, the leaders of Saudi Arabia should acknowledge that Iran is their neighbor and that they can and should live in peace with each other.

An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ruoff

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know now, he would not have authorized the invasion of Iraq, as his brother did. A politician with integrity should have followed that comment with an apology to the Iraqi people.

NBC Video Purports To Show Footage Of ISIS Raid That Killed U.S. Operative

The Huffington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics

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Donald Trump: Middle East Would Be Better Off With Saddam, Gaddafi

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.04.2015 | Entertainment

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First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

Curse of the Achille Lauro, a Great Book in the Worst of Times

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

At this time of year exactly thirty years ago, a Palestinian militant named Abu al-Abbas sat behind his office desk in Tunis, laying the final touches on an operation scheduled for October 1985.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

Dick Cheney: Iran Deal Is 'Madness'

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday called President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran "madness," and insisted that the Bu...

Fox News Embarrasses Dick Cheney On Iraq And Iran

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

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Can Joe Biden Save the Democrats? (and Do the Dems Need Saving?)

William Bradley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary's e-mail controversy is a real nagging problem. Why not just carry two devices, one for the official address and one for the private address? It's a curious unforced error. But the smoke signals haven't amounted to a smoking gun.

Let's Talk About Male Hormones

Lori Day | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women
Lori Day

There are good things about testosterone, like the way it builds strong bones and muscles, or makes guys grow sexy chest hair. But I'm seeing a pattern to violence and aggression and the clouded judgment that unleashes that angry poison onto the world, namely that it is usually male.

How to Confront ISIS

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The people of the region opposing and ready to fight ISIS and their allies, including the United States, must demonstrate a clear and consistent moral basis in all of their acts. We cannot fight ISIS while routinely killing civilians in the process.

Support for Iraq War Still Haunts Hillary Clinton's Candidacy

Stephen Zunes | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

More than a dozen years later, Hillary Clinton is still being haunted by her decision to break with the majority of her Congressional Democratic colleagues and vote in favor of President George W. Bush's call to authorize the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

The Lessons Learned (And Not) From Vietnam and Iraq Shape the Fight Over the Iran Deal

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

What we must learn from his and Dubya's blunders is that the U.S. should never go to war unless we have absolutely no other choice, when any other course would put our country in real danger. As a country, we must learn to turn away from those who never learn that war must only be a last resort.

An Assertive Iran? Blame Buscheney, Not Obama

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Leon T. Hadar

President Obama may be hesitant when it comes to the idea of drawing the United States into another war in the Middle East. But he is reflecting the sentiments of a war weary American public.

Yevgeny Primakov- The Ideological Godfather of Putinism

Samuel Ramani | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

As one of the only prominent political figures with a leadership role in the Yeltsin regime to also be a close aide to Vladimir Putin, Primakov's foreign policy ideas and ideological approaches have had a singularly important impact on Russia's international identity since 1991.

Autism Without Fear: When We Are Overhelmed

Michael John Carley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Michael John Carley

Over the last 18 months, all's been quiet on the front of autism politics. But David M. Perry's poignant article in the New York Times had me questioning whether the lull was a good thing...or whether it was the continuation of a bad pattern.

The Pottery Barn Rule Updated

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was the summer of 2002. The Bush administration's top officials knew that they were going into Iraq in a big way. They were then in planning mode, but waiting until fall to launch their full-throttle campaign to persuade Congress and the American people to back them.

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

Charles Knight | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

Sorry, Washington -- you probably can't put Iraq back together again. Certainly, the kinetic effects of more bombing won't repair the damage done to the Iraqi nation since the US invaded in 2003.

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Bob Woodward On Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq Comments: 'It's Just A Total Contradiction'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Investigative journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday rebutted former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s claims that he had always been sk...

A Balance Sheet on Tarek Aziz

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Tarek Aziz is gone and so are all senior Iraqi officials who might had served as an effective bridge between pre-2003 and post-Saddam Iraq.