Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The West is essentially like a Centaur--half-human and half-beast.
Today, Israel must choose between continuing an illegal occupation and preserving the self-defined nature of the State of Israel itself.
America's main strategic goal in the Middle East is to secure the supply of oil.
The U.S. could have made a strong, positive impression by sending its African-American Secretary of State, a descendent of slaves, and making a forceful stand against racism. Instead, it chose to send a low-level delegation.
There is little chance for changing Bush policy on the Middle East with the Democrats outflanking the administration on the right.
Israeli forces murder political dissidents
The signs here frame the debate in sharp terms: On the one hand "Anti-Zionism = Anti-Semitism," on the other "Zionism = Apartheid."
For all intents and purposes, Arafat has been effectively isolated as a credible party to the peace talks.
The likely conviction of Milosevic will remain only a partial victory as long as the United States opposes the establishment of an International Criminal Court.
Current U.S.-UN Iraq policy has failed. A change to a more humane and practical policy by the U.S. would quickly be accepted by the UN Security Council as a whole.