Aug 9, 2012

Neocons back on the warpath

The neoconservatives are back with a vengeance. While popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab countries had briefly rendered them irrelevant in the region, Western intervention in Libya signaled a new opportunity. Now Syria promises to usher a full return of neoconservatives ...

Jul 27, 2012

Syria's Palestinian refugees strive in vain for neutrality

“Flames are quickly approaching Yarmouk (as) someone is trying to drag the Palestinians into the fire,” Palestinian observer Rashad Abu Shawar was quoted as saying in the Israeli Jerusalem Post, July 20. Yarmouk is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. Its inhabitants make ...

Jul 16, 2012

A Camp David moment with Egypt

Despite early assurances by Egypt’s new President Mohamed Morsi regarding his “commitment to international treaties and agreements,” one can already foretell a confrontation between Egypt and Israel. A chaotic transition notwithstanding, a new, postrevolution Egypt is emerging. It is is more self-assertive, emphasizing issues ...

May 1, 2012

Hands behind Sudan's war

Once again Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir waved his walking stick in the air. Once again he spoke of splendid victories over his enemies as thousands of jubilant supporters danced and cheered. But this time around the stakes are too high. An all-out war against ...

Apr 12, 2012

Blame West for Mali's mess

The intentional misreading of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 resulted in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s violent, though predictable, Operation Odyssey in Libya last year. Not only did the action cost many thousands of lives and untold destruction; it also paved the way for ...

Mar 27, 2012

Bizarre logic of America's 'freedom' campaign

The Afghans are a proud people with a long and formidable history of resistance to foreign occupation. The fact that they have always prevailed should not distract from the horror they still routinely experience. The latest atrocious episode against Afghans took place on March ...

Mar 6, 2012

Hamas' perilous maneuvers

Despite all of Hamas’ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement. The outcome of this struggle — which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle — is likely to change Hamas’ outlook, ...

Feb 27, 2012

U.S. flirts with risky cold war in warm waters

On two occasions in my life I found myself living close to the South China Sea. The sea became my escape from life’s pressing responsibilities. There is no escaping the fact that the serene waters are now also grounds for a nascent but real ...

Dec 1, 2011

The Arab Spring's intellectual divide

The so-called Arab Spring is creating an intellectual divide that threatens any sensible understanding of the turmoil engulfing several Arab countries. While it is widely understood that revolutions aim to overthrow political structures and to change the social order and power paradigm within any ...