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Dick Cheney Is Yelling Fire and Wonders Why No One Is Listening

David Paul | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
David Paul

In his broadside against President Obama, Dick Cheney fails to grasp the central irony of his situation. Cheney wants us to respond to his cries of "fire," but does not understand that all we see when he speaks is the arsonist.

Deconstructing the Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

UN Investigators Warn Of Wider Sectarian War Across Iraq, Syria

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - The Middle East appears on the brink of wider sectarian war engulfing Iraq and Syria with radical Islamist insurgents want...

No Better Time to Reinstate the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is not enough for the Arab states to provide Kerry with lukewarm public support; they need to become active participants both publicly and privately and show solidarity with the US-led efforts to send a clear message to the Israeli and Palestinian publics where they really stand.

Israeli-Iranian Axis? Highly Illusionary

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Iran must now cope with the new reality, which may well explain why Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and why its efforts in this regard will set Israel further apart from Tehran, rather than bring them together to form an unholy axis.

Can Oman and Iran's 'Special' Relationship Last?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

While Oman continues to use its leverage to thwart a military confrontation in the Arabian Gulf, officials in Muscat have accepted that their influence is naturally limited, and they have taken actions to prepare for a scenario in which the Strait of Hormuz is closed.

Cleric At Mecca's Grand Mosque Calls For Support Of Syrian Rebels By 'All Means'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, June 14 (Reuters) - A senior cleric in Islam's holy city Mecca exhorted followers on Friday to support Syrian re...

Will Shiite And Sunni Islam Ever Reconcile?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Insha Allah, we will do more intra-faith dialogue and learn to respect each other for what we believe, and not get hell bent on proving and denying each other's faith.

Top Egyptian Scholar Scolds Ahmadinejad Over Sunni Rights

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion

CAIRO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Egypt's top Sunni Muslim scholar told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Shi'ite Iran on Tuesday that his country mus...

Preventing Sunni-Shiite Schism From Hijacking the Arab Spring

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab Sunni world can maintain its coherence and present an alternative to their societies by sharing Islam's values of freedom, justice, and human rights, which have thus far been squashed by blind Islamic Sunni and Shiite orthodoxy, whose time is surely running out.

Joshua Hersh

Syria Crisis: Turkey Inches, Somewhat Reluctantly, To The Forefront | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- When Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, arrived in Washington late last week, he came with a clear and direct message about the...

Turkey's New AKP Government: Will It Move Towards a Liberal or Illiberal Democracy?

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

The Turkish election results are in with few surprises but with major questions as to Turkey's political directions. What do the results betoken for the self-proclaimed model democracy in the Middle East?

Middle East Integration: A Conversation with Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

As the geopolitical chess games in the Middle East continue to generate winners and losers, one is inclined to ask how much longer before this regional dynamic will push the region towards an all-out war.