Regions / Middle East & North Africa
An overview of recent developments in global security.
Bush's harsh words and threats seem awkward in a region where Washington's closest allies (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and Jordan) hold utterly meaningless ballots.
Despite facing a hostile occupation with a vested interest in their suppression, and an armed insurgency targeting unions and civil society, a higher percentage of factories in Iraq have worker-based organizing committees and fledgling unions than do U.S. factories.
Recalling the legacy of the Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority of 1967, and how thousands of courageous and commendable small groups are still struggling for basic political change and social justice in the United States today.
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.