The decision to close as many as two dozen American embassies and consulates, based on intelligence reports about an upcoming Al Qaeda attack (or attacks), is nothing less than a public relations and recruiting bonanza for them.
How quickly the Predator drone, the gutting of the first, fourth, and fifth amendments, the all-out war on whistleblowers, the tsunami of the surveillance state, etc. have descended upon us.
Of the 166 remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared to leave. The Yemenis among them have been stuck there en masse due only to their citizenship. It's high time to start sending them home.
Did Manning break the law? According to the letter, yes he did. But since when did we presume to hold people in government accountable to the law?
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.
The gun of Zimmerman must go. The drones of the American administration must go. Innocents with music in their ears and fun in their hearts must be protected.
We can only hope that Nada's words will spur greater action by world leaders to halt the horrifying practice of child marriage and the human trafficking epidemic that feeds it.
Is it safe to mix freedom, journalism and religion in today's Arab world? Mention those three topics together and you're likely to start a riot - or a...
Whistleblowers should be able to expose government wrongdoing without getting the Bradley Manning treatment.
Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.
The alleged mastermind of that attack, a 48-year-old Saudi Arabian named Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, still has not been brought to justice. Yet the U.S. government has held him in custody for over a decade.
With Dirty Wars it is as if Jeremy Scahill is holding up a mirror against the U.S. government's war against al Qaeda and its affiliates across the Middle East and Africa, while inviting us to look into the abyss of its practices.
While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.
I'm not under any illusions that these demands are going to be met immediately. But here are three things that, following President Obama's speech, I claim are realistic goals for reforming the former "Global War on Terror" in Yemen in the next six months.
Maybe misconceptions of Arabs as apolitical, who were just "awakened" by the "Arab Spring," leads to the belief that anything is a step forward. These misconceptions if internalized lead to flawed analysis, and worse they can become disastrous policies.
The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.