Houthi Arms Bonanza Came from US-Backed Ex-President, Not Iran

By: Thursday April 23, 2015 4:00 pm

Claims Iran is supplying the Houthis with weapons ignore the fact the group was already flush with American arms from former president Ali Abdullah Saleh By Gareth Porter As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively [...]

 

Senator Corker Accuses Obama Of Trying To Get Out Of Middle East

By: Tuesday April 7, 2015 9:00 am

Sen. Bob Corker: Obama must bring Iran nuclear deal to Congress http://t.co/nsbKvUut0L pic.twitter.com/j8FWIukO9m — The Hill (@thehill) April 2, 2015 As far as accusations go this is one of the ones an American politician wants to be on the receiving end of. Senator Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) has publicly accused President Barack Obama [...]

Peter Van Buren: Seven Bad Endings to the New War in the Middle East

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 3:14 pm

You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car — and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground.

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power being brought to bear on the planet’s most volatile region, what could possibly go wrong?

ISIS: Obama’s Vietnam?

By: Sunday October 12, 2014 1:05 pm

If this war goes much further and it certainly looks like going much, much, further, it could turn out to be infinitely more dangerous and destructive, for all concerned: humanly, economically and politically, than the war in Vietnam ever was.

Late Night: The State of Play

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 8:00 pm

To bring us all up to speed on current events in the Levant..

Bordier: A Bottom-Up Solution to Cross-Border Conflicts: The Case of the Middle East and ISIL

By: Sunday September 28, 2014 4:00 pm

The outbreak of another Western-led military conflict in the Middle East is widely viewed as unwinnable. It is also viewed as counterproductive because of its potential to help its target, ISIL, the anti-Western fanatical social movement, recruit new volunteers in its crusade to topple Middle East regimes.

My view, as a political scientist, is that none of the players currently involved can bring peace or stability to the region. The “perpetual war” the protagonists appear to be unleashing is more likely to cause even more human suffering and displacement in the region on a scale previously unimaginable.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.

Israel Alleged To Be Using Experimental Weapons On Palestinians In Gaza

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:46 am

While the debate rages as to whether Israel bombing homes and hospitals is legal, another legally questionable event is occurring during Operation Protective Edge. According to doctors in Gaza, Israel is using an experimental weapon named Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME) on the population of Gaza. A weapon that could have negative health effects beyond the death and destruction it is causing now.

Tomgram: Juan Cole: Waiting for the Arab Summer

By: Monday June 30, 2014 7:15 pm

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.

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