Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Has the Koizumi administration abandoned neutrality, historic pacifism, and common sense in its pursuit of oil and a stronger alliance with the United States?
What the U.S. needs is a change in policy not a change in villains.
In October 2002 the White House deceived the Congress and the public, inducing Congress--in the administration's interpretation--to abandon its constitutional responsibilities in matters of war-making.
Efforts at isolating Hamas are likely to backfire.
The death of al-Zarqawi is an opportunity to re-evaluate U.S. strategy in Iraq.
The recent announcement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the United States will open an embassy in Libya was welcome news all around. Long overdue, the restoration of full diplomatic relations is a win-win situation for both Libya and the United States, as well as for other states in and out of the Middle East. The U.S. decision also marks a significant shift in the foreign policy of the Bush administration, a change most observers have overlooked.
The one year anniversary of the Cedar Revolution and the non-violent end to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon prompts a re-assessemnt of U.S. policies in the region.
Three years after the invasion of Iraq, what have we learned?
If the U.S. attacks Iran - with nuclear or "conventional" bombs - it is virtually certain that Iranian retaliation will be swift and lethal.
The American people should question both the morality and the policy implications of what a permanent U.S. military presence brings to Iraq.