Three and a half years ago, the world was riveted by the massive crowds of youths mobilizing in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand an end to Egypt’s dreary police state. We stared in horror as, at one point, the Interior Ministry mobilized camel drivers to attack the demonstrators. We watched transfixed as the protests spread from one part of Egypt to another and then from country to country across the region. Before it was over, four presidents-for-life would be toppled and others besieged in their palaces.
|By: Juan Cole Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.
In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.
|By: Juan Cole Sunday December 22, 2013 1:59 pm|
Andrew Bacevich’s “Breach of Trust: How Americans failed their Soldiers and their Country” is a post-mortem on the professional standing army that the US has sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bacevich argues that the citizens’ standing army created by the draft in WW II and after had been highly successful militarily in Europe and Korea and had been a profound expression of individual buy-in and shared national sacrifice.
|By: E. F. Beall Monday March 25, 2013 7:35 am|
This diary is a preliminary attempt to specify a general conviction of mine that the way forward in the Middle and North Africa region (MENA) is through cooperation between the “democratic” secular movements and the Moderate Islamist movements (Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party, and Hamas in occupied Palestine), and that this understanding is something U.S. progressives should support.
The title refers to one possible element of the specification. Given that the idea of a two-state solution, meaning Israel and a secular Palestine has become a mere fantasy that no longer has a realistic possibility of implementation, perhaps Fatah and Hamas can finally realize that it is vital for them to settle their differences, and come to an understanding on international issues to struggle for, of which one element might be a new two-state proposal.
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday July 29, 2012 8:35 am|
Speculation over why GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney originally excluded reporters from his Jerusalem King David Hotel fundraiser is perhaps beside the point. Nobody in the American press is going to center a story around the event upon the fact that this hotel was the scene of an awful act of terrorism, perpetrated upon the British in July, 1946.
|By: fatster Tuesday May 15, 2012 6:15 am|
Fatster’s news roundup from May 14, with links to stories on Europe, Scott Walker, Jamie Dimon, ICE, Cuba, Bahrain, Juan Cole, coal’s decline, health care, fishing, Mexican drug war, and more.
|By: dakine01 Thursday February 16, 2012 8:00 pm|
So for the last few days, I’m sure most folks here have seen all the various Beltway Village Idiots pundits and politicians going on about how President Obama’s Birth Control Rule “infringes” on Catholic religious freedom. Today, we had the spectacle of the House Oversight Committee holding a hearing based on this claim, with of course, a member of the USCCB US Pedophile Enablers leading the way.
|By: emptywheel Thursday June 16, 2011 9:30 am|
It would be really great if the Administration spent more time on folks who’ve lied us into war or ordered torture. Instead they seem to be focusing on the folks who are calling them out for those failures. There is something seriously wrong with that.
|By: Scarecrow Saturday January 15, 2011 1:10 pm|
One of the first stories to replace the killings in Tucson and the national response as the lead story in the New York Times has been upheaval in Tunisia, a country I suspect most Americans could find only with assistance from Google Maps. But there’s a painful connection to the common topic of how societies struggle to bring change against what they consider unjust, repressive regimes.
|By: Robert Naiman Friday September 10, 2010 4:10 pm|
The report of the Afghanistan Study Group makes arguments that stand a good chance of moving the Washington debate towards ending the war.