We’re Not the Good Guys

Sep 05, 2019

Headlined “U.S. Seeks Other Ways to Stop Iran Shy of War,” the article was tucked away on page A9 of a recent New York Times. Still, it caught my attention. Here's the first paragraph: “American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to...

Climate Change Is Exacerbating Iraq’s Complicated Water Politics

Today, what is commonly known as the Fertile Crescent — the cradle of civilization and the Garden of Eden — is not so fertile anymore. The region that extends from the Nile Valley, through the Levant and along the Tigris-Euphrates river system is facing unprecedented pressure stemming from a...

Nowruz: Celebrating History’s Cycle of Birth and Rebirth

Apr 02, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Afshin Marashi, professor of modern Iranian history at the University of Oklahoma. Nowruz is the ancient Iranian celebration of the new year. Although it is difficult to say with certainty when it was first marked, there are some accounts...

A Shadow Caliphate Emerges from the Ruins

Mar 27, 2019

The extent to which the Islamic State has re-established itself in a country where it was supposedly defeated is testament to its resilience and to the appeal of its extremist ideology. The narrative is an appealing one. The Islamic State (IS or ISIS) was cornered and down to defending a single...

Things Could Get a Lot Uglier on Earth

Feb 13, 2019

Donald Trump may not care, but there is no time to spare and no more burning issue on planet Earth than climate change. Sixty-six million years ago, so the scientists tell us, an asteroid slammed into this planet. Landing on what’s now Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, it gouged out a crater...

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