Tag - middle-east



Feb 25, 2014
Europe's Mideast mission: neutral mediation
America's gradual withdrawal from the Middle East puts increasing pressure on Europeans to help foster peace in the region. Their starting point in states like Syria and Iraq is not to take sides.
Feb 20, 2014
Legacy of carnage and ruin
This is probably, but not certainly, the year that sees the end to the United States' three-decades-long effort to establish permanent American strategic bases in the Muslim Middle East and in Muslim Asia.
Feb 7, 2014
John Kerry: a 'magnificent' U.S. secretary of state
The indefatigable U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been astoundingly discreet as a Mideast peace broker. Not a hint of what has been said in private has leaked into the public domain, yet there is almost no hope of a real peace deal.
Jan 31, 2014
Three more bad omens on Iran nuclear talks
As we get closer to the main negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, it's hard to find an auspicious sign in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's recent statement that under no circumstances would Iran agree to destroy any of its centrifuges.
Jan 19, 2014
Let Iraq, Afghan regimes look after themselves
What more than a decade ago was believed by Americans to be the omnipotence of the U.S. in the Middle East and Central Asia is today being replaced by a fear that the U.S. is responsible for why everything seems to be going wrong.
Jan 18, 2014
The need for a peace narrative in the Middle East
A physician-writer wonders why a common narrative of shared commercial and cultural interests cannot be developed in the Mideast like the one that Jewish and Arab business owners had in his hometown in northern Argentina a half-century ago.
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.
Dec 23, 2013
'Frenemies' in the Mideast
The recent interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the so-called P5-plus-1 countries, led by the U.S., has provoked unprecedented criticism of U.S. policy from two of its strongest Mideast allies: Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Dec 12, 2013
HIV/AIDS cases rising in Mideast, North Africa
Although the Mideast and North Africa has just 2 percent of the world's HIV caseload, it is one of two regions with the fastest growing HIV/AIDS infection rate.
Dec 7, 2013
Iran-baiting lawmakers busy ratcheting up tension
Iran-baiting lawmakers in the United State are busy trying to ratchet up the tension by pushing for more economic sanctions against Tehran despite an interim agreement on restriction Iran's nuclear program.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2013
Iran deal offers hope, peril for Middle East
A surge of diplomacy and an outburst of violence in the days since world powers reached a deal with Iran illustrate both the promise and the peril of what could be the start of a more peaceful era in the Middle East — or the beginning of a new round of bloodletting.
Nov 12, 2013
John Kerry's Mideast dream world
Imagine a world in which the Mideast is not descending into chaos but is on the brink of a monumental series of breakthroughs. This is the magical world of the U.S. secretary of state.
Nov 11, 2013
Japan, Iran pledge continued efforts on nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, agreed Sunday that their countries will continue efforts for an early resolution of issues related to Iran's nuclear program.
Nov 4, 2013
Kurdish phoenix rises from ruins of Syria's war
The Kurds can't erase all the hurts of their modern history and those who choose to stay in Syria remain embattled, yet the isolation that had been their lot is now fading fast.
Nov 2, 2013
A growing vacuum in the Middle East
Every American should be aware of recent reports that describe the Obama administration's abdication of a leadership role in the Middle East and its serious consequences for U.S. national security interests.
Nov 1, 2013
U.S. Mideast policy based on fantasy
In his zeal to extract his administration from what he sees as a regional quagmire, Barack Obama has adopted a narrow and high-altitude approach to a complex set of Mideast conflicts.
Oct 29, 2013
The sectarian war at hand: redrawing the Mideast again
Groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, a powerful component of Syria's savage war, could not have moved with such ease if it had not been for the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Oct 18, 2013
Yemen teeters between hope and division as tensions rise
Uniting a Yemeni "homeland" around similar ideas while rebellion brews in the north, a secessionist movement builds in the south and a U.S. drone war carries on is no easy task.
Oct 15, 2013
The narrative plot against Syria
America must focus on unifying Syria's bickering rebels before it can persuade Syrians that the campaign to destroy chemical weapons is not aimed at imposing a neo-colonial order.
Oct 2, 2013
Tale of two crises: connecting the dots from Iran to Syria
The twin crises involving Syria and Iran demonstrate the continuing utility of the United Nations as the Security Council remains the cockpit for addressing geopolitical upheavals.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves