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How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

The United States has already lost -- its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at combat soldiering in both Iraq and Afghanistan, that couldn’t be clearer to me. Unfortunately, it’s evidently still not clear in Washington. Bush’s neo-imperial triumphalism failed. Obama’s quiet shift to drones, Special Forces, and clandestine … Continue reading How We Got Here: The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

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Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

There’s been lots of attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue to support it. What surprises me about the poll results isn’t that lots of Americans like … Continue reading Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 for the two leaders' first in-person meeting since Trump took office.

New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East

Combining available information to get the whole picture, one can see the situation in the Middle East changing drastically, especially as the US strategy is reviewed and new alliances are formed. The Trump administration is in talks with Middle East allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter … Continue reading New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East

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Why Arab Autocrats Haven’t Confronted Trump

You’d think, given the harsh anti-Muslim Trump administration in Washington, that the Arab kings and dictators would be lining up to condemn the ruthless sectarian laws being drawn up by an American President who approves of torture. All that claptrap about “bad dudes” and “Islamic terror”. Pretty sinister stuff. Not a bit of it. The potentates … Continue reading Why Arab Autocrats Haven’t Confronted Trump

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The Western Roots of “Middle-Eastern” Terrorism

Convinced that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, is unacceptable and unjustifiable, member States of the United Nations were finally able to adopt, on September 8, 2006, a common approach within the framework of the “United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy ». But, ten years later, the “international … Continue reading The Western Roots of “Middle-Eastern” Terrorism

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Britain is No Longer a Major Military Power

There is a constant refrain from British political leaders how Britain is still a major military force to be reckoned with in the world and this allows the country to punch above it's middle ranking economic and political power status. The Prime Minister Theresa May has constantly stressed how Britain is a leading member of NATO … Continue reading Britain is No Longer a Major Military Power

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Despite Appearances, Israel is in for a Rough Ride Under Donald Trump

So that’s it. The guy is crackers. There’s no stopping him. And Steve Bannon appears to have his hands on the levers. Poor old Jared Kushner, the son-in-law with the much-trumpeted power to “tame” the American president, couldn’t prevent that disgraceful White House Holocaust statement which somehow just failed to mention the Jews of Europe. … Continue reading Despite Appearances, Israel is in for a Rough Ride Under Donald Trump

Algerian troops march during a military parade in Tripoli on September 1, 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary since Kadhafi seized power in the north African desert state. The multi-million-euro anniversary celebrations of the bloodless coup that brought Kadhafi to power on September 1, 1969, are attended by African, Arab and Latin American leaders but largely ignored by the West. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria: Most Valuable Actor to Play Key Role in MENA Crises Management

The Algerian military stationed on the Libyan and Mali borders has been put on high alert to counter infiltration through Libya and Mali. The forces have been reinforced and air patrols intensified. The action was taken in response to increasingly deteriorating situation in Libya. Thousands of foreign militants, including up to 3,500 Islamic State (IS) fight­ers fleeing … Continue reading Algeria: Most Valuable Actor to Play Key Role in MENA Crises Management