Rivers of Dust: The Future of Water and the Middle East

August 23, 2019

It is written that “Enannatum, ruler of Lagash,” slew “60 soldiers” from Umma. The battle between the two ancient city-states took place 4,500 years ago near where the great Tigris and Euphrates rivers come together in what is today Iraq. The matter in dispute? Water. More...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Unity” All Around?

January 22, 2018

How do you translate e pluribus unum into Arabic and Farsi? The risk of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the most powerful Muslim nations, has never been greater. Their rivalry can be understood in two ways. The first is simply as two powerful nations facing each other on either side of the...

The Intellects of Tahrir

June 27, 2013

After nearly 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement, the Middle East's artificial borders are being ripped apart. As far as I have learned, there has always been an evolution of great sociologies at work. Progressive in the main, despite long lapses into darkness and often impure renditions...