Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Much attention was paid in the run-up to the January 30 elections in Iraq regarding how the lack of security in much of the country, combined with the decision by major Sunni Arab parties to boycott in protest of recent U.S. attacks on several major urban areas, could thereby skew the results and compromise the resulting government's credibility.
The failure of the U.S.-backed election in Iraq is not that it was illegitimate for most Iraqis but that the exercise has only deepened Iraq's sectarian divisions and perhaps moved the country closer toward the specter of a full-scale civil war.
The foreign policy segments of President George W. Bushs state of the Union address spoke to values and concerns that resonate with the majority of Americans from across the political spectrum. Unfortunately, much of what was said during his speech was quite misleading.
As long as the vast majority of Democrats are afraid to appear soft toward the Syrian dictatorship and as long as so few progressive voices are willing to challenge the Democrats, President Bush appears to have few obstacles in his way should he once ag
As goes Greensboro, so goes the nation.
In the two years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, many of the author's predictions have come to pass.
For an anti-war activist of the Vietnam era, the current search for a political strategy for ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq brings to mind the very similar problems facing the movement to end the Vietnam War in 1968-69.
The meeting between the UN, the Coalition, and the Iraqi Governing Council on 19 January suggests that the harsh realities of an election year in the U.S. may be making elections more feasible in Iraq.
In an article posted on the History News Network website in early January, freelance writer Rachel Neuwirth asks, Why is it that people are proposing a Middle East peace plan that will make Judea and Samaria Judenrein--the Nazi term for a place with no Jews?
In response to Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington's now infamous argument predicting a future full of clashes between civilizations, the world's liberals responded with a call for a civilizational dialogue.