Regions / Middle East & North Africa
A letter purportedly written to senior al Qaeda leaders by a key associate, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, appears to undermine a major thesis of hard-core neoconservatives who led the U.S. drive to war in Iraq.
On February 20th Iran elected its seventh Majlis (parliament) in an election that has been widely criticized by many Iranian and international observers for the heavy-handed manner in which the regime had interfered in the electoral process.
The U.S. veto of a proposed UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s March 22 assassination of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin has once again placed the United States both on the fringe of international public opinion and in opposition to international legal norms.
The recent release on April 22 of Mordechai Vanunu from an Israeli prison provides an opportunity to challenge the U.S. policy of supporting Israel ’s development of nuclear weapons while threatening war against other Middle Eastern states for simply having the potential for developing such weaponry.
Defeating terrorism is directly dependent on the conversion of hearts and minds--to the winning over of the majority of Arab and Islamic individuals so terrorists will lose their base of support and source of future recruits.
At a time when the U.S. is desperate for an international bailout in Iraq, why would the White House go out of its way to alienate allies?
U.S. public diplomacy is "a disaster," according to former U.S. Information Agency (USIA) director Joseph Duffey.
On Wednesday, June 23, 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, endorsed right-wing Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharons efforts to colonize and annex large sections of the Palestinian West Bank, seized by Israel in the June 1967 war.
The International Court of Justices advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the Israeli Wall in the Occupied Territories is a triumphant vindication of the Palestinian decision to get their case heard there, and of their long term strategy of underlining and restating their legal rights.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hershs recent revelations that the Israeli government is encouraging Kurdish separatism in Iraq, Iran, and Syria should ring a bell for anyone who has followed the long history of English imperial ambitions.