For Ali Khamenei, Trump Isn’t a Solitary Clown

Jan 20, 2020

The hardest part of publishing articles in the news is drafting the story’s headline. Headlines serve two essential purposes: to give a general idea of the subject that the article exposes and to trigger the reader’s curiosity or interest. Because the headline must be pithy, the second...

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani
Jan 16, 2020

Trump’s Anti-Politics and the Assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal
Jan 15, 2020

In Bahrain, Justice Is Still a Far-Off Goal

The American Quest to Kill
Jan 14, 2020

The American Quest to Kill

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will

The US in the Middle East: A Triumph of the Will

Jan 13, 2020

In an article published by Fair Observer, political analyst Amin Farhad provides some much-needed clarity on the ambiguous situation concerning the US military presence in the Middle East after the strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.  Although there has been a...

Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman

Sultan Qaboos Brought Light and Modernity to Oman

Jan 13, 2020

Despite knowledge of his illness, I was stunned and saddened by the death on January 10 of Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman. I had come to know Sultan Qaboos, who ruled Oman for 49 years, as an American diplomat. I served two assignments in Oman, as deputy chief of mission between 1998 and 2001, and...

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

Jan 10, 2020

At his speech on January 8 following the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases hosting American forces, US President Donald Trump announced, with his usual tone of self-congratulation, that "Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for...

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Jan 10, 2020

Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force...

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

The US Will Never Leave the Middle East

Jan 10, 2020

A large number of people seem to believe that World War III has begun with the drone strike that killed Iran's Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani, on January 3. On December 27, a US military contractor was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq, and the US responded with a bombing...

Joe Biden’s True Grit and Trump’s Strategic Failure

Joe Biden’s True Grit and Trump’s Strategic Failure

Jan 08, 2020

As vice president to Barack Obama, whose proudest claim to honor and presidential stature was the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011, Joe Biden understands what it means — at least in terms of political marketing — to fulfill the requirements of justice. Commenting on the US drone...

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Jan 08, 2020

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in...

Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

Jan 07, 2020

When people live (and die) with a binary vision of the world, the same object may end up with two opposite meanings. This tends to be the norm in wartime, but the trend toward reducing everything to a binary opposition has increased radically in recent years, even in times of peace. The instinct...

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

What Next for Tehran and Trump?

Jan 07, 2020

In the days since the January 3 assassination of Major General Qassem Suleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force, on the orders of US President Donald Trump, the world has anxiously waited to see whether, where and how Tehran would fulfill its pledge to wreak vengeance on the Americans. Thus far,...

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

Who Is Targeting Journalists and Activists in Iraq?

Jan 07, 2020

On December 22, 2019, the Independent High Commission for Human Rights of Iraq announced the assassination of 26 activists who participated in anti-government demonstrations that began on October 1. Half of the assassinations took place in the capital, Baghdad, and the rest in the...

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