The mass popular upheavals that have rocked Syria for months now make it clear that the country has reached a turning point. There can be no doubt that change is in the air. But what kind of change, and at what cost?
Today, Arab leaders have but one choice: to meet the demands of the people through a dignified exit strategy to avoid being ousted in otherwise undignified ways.
I can't remember a time when the U.S. military has been stuck in so many war quagmires at once. Some political leaders must recognize that an empire enforced by war is counterproductive to economic and national security.
What it all comes down to is money, and the fact that everyone needs more of it. Right now, our government still spends money like it is going out of style, though.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
Ghanaian economist George Ayittey attended the Oslo Freedom Forum in May. There, he sat down with me to talk about defeating dictators.
Go figure: today, our "covert" wars are front-page news. What follows are nine common terms associated with our present wars that probably don't mean what you think they mean.
The Syria I visited with my husband five years ago was a politically complicated place, where the streets were tamped down. As tourists, we were a bit...
Do we really want our country to be the world's biggest weapons trafficking nation? If not, the administration needs to hear from us, not just from the industry that profits from these deadly deals.
Even among vulnerable communities one can find groups that seem to be the most vulnerable of all.
A storm rages around the ADC's decision that musician Malek Jandali should not perform his song "I Am My Homeland" at its annual convention. As one of the scheduled speakers at the convention, I have been weighing my participation in the event.
Questioning the PLO's current configuration, many Palestinians are now talking publicly about the need to create new political parties different in structure, ideology and working procedures from the present set of nationalist or Islamic factions.
Scratch the surface of any story and you'll find rumors, hoaxes, and conspiracies. The conspiracy theory is the most intriguing of them all, for it combines total skepticism with total credulity.
At the end of the Arab Spring will they all have gone to Riyadh? For years Muslim dictators have been able to go to Saudi Arabia for medical treatmen...
We have no candidate of our own in a wide open contest for the next Yemini strongman. So we revert to our rote formula. The great game that we call the 'war on terror' goes on -- and on.
As people in the West continue to hear the stories of ordinary citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, they are realizing more and more that human desires, needs and wants or all people are one and the same.