Regions / Middle East & North Africa
In Iran, real political power rests with unelected military, economic, and right-wing ideologues, and in the June 25 runoff election, Iranian voters were forced to choose between two flawed candidates.
Talking to the general
When youre in the middle of a conflict, youre trying to find pillars of strength to lean on.
The left has been snookered by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, for it is deeply opposed to the war yet supports the spread of democracy and civil freedoms.
Watching them blatantly abdicate their responsibility in the run-up to the Iraq War was almost as difficult as watching most of America let them get away with it.
The Bush administration, like its predecessors, has frequently taken advantage of the idealism and values of the U.S. citizenry to justify foreign policies that most Americans would otherwise find morally unacceptable.
As the president often mentions, freedom, democracy and peace often demand heavy sacrifices. But plans to build new bases jeopardize these ideals.
One of the consequences of this war is to cut investment in our future. It's time to start thinking of how to shut down this failed adventure.
Tom Barry interviews Omayma Abdel-Latif Al-Ahram.
First and foremost, the Iraqi people deserve a plan.