Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Mother Agnes-Mariam’s analysis of conditions on the ground in Syria is far more nuanced than those of the mainstream media in the United States.
China’s good relations with states at odds with each other could yield results at the negotiating table soon.
As in the 1940s in Palestine, some opposition recruits have gone to Syria motivated by extremist ideologies and with the intention to commit acts of terrorism. But most have more prosaic reasons for fighting.
As unrest simmers in the Middle East and the United States edges toward detente with Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia are trying to ride out the storm together.
Another Iranian overture spurned.
In fact, the military’s claims that Egyptian protesters sought an end to the experiment in democracy are highly doubtful.
Iranian-American author Hooman Majd says that Americans are starting to see Iran as more than "just a bunch of crazy mullahs shouting 'Death to America' all the time."
Axis-of-evil thinking on Iran still prevalent in Washington.
Iran has been willing to deal for at least a decade. Why are there still calls for more sanctions?
Ironically, a negotiated settlement between the United States and Iran could trigger yet another war in the Middle East.