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For Ramzy Baroud's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

/ Jul 8, 2014

Whitewashing the Iraq war

As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into sectarian states, a former leading Iraq war advocate is popping up in the U.S. media, and he's in no mood to accept any responsibility for the protracted tragedy.

/ Jun 17, 2014

Sectarian monster reawakens

The systematic political marginalization of Iraq's Sunni communities demands the establishment of a new political and social contract to re-order the mess created by the U.S. invasion and Iran's intervention.

May 16, 2014

Media's one-sided Yemen spin

According to the Western narrative, Yemen exists for one purpose and nothing else: maintain Western interests in that part of the world. When these interests are threatened, only then does Yemen matter.

/ Apr 8, 2014

U.S. empire beyond salvation

For 25 years, the U.S. has tried to police the world for its own interests and failed. Now, it can't even cut and run from Iraq and Afghanistan because it is too deeply entrenched in the Middle East.

Jan 17, 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon

Ariel Sharon, the late former Israeli prime minister, was not called the "the Bulldozer" for being a fearless leader. Nor do Arabs call him "the Butcher of Beirut" for simply overseeing the invasion of Lebanon.

/ Dec 31, 2013

A terrible year for Syria and Egypt

Even with the most optimistic assessments, the Syrian conflict is unlikely to be settled in 2014. As for Egypt, nearly 20,000 people have been sentenced or are now facing trials for belonging to or supporting the "wrong" political camp.