Tag - middle-east



Japan Times
Jul 2, 2014
Palestinian teen killed in possible revenge attack
The discovery of a body in a Jerusalem forest on Wednesday raised suspicions that a missing Palestinian youth had been killed by Israelis avenging the deaths of three abducted Jewish teens.
Jul 2, 2014
History moves, but not always ahead
Victors of World War II find themselves unable to win the wars they wage against peasant societies. They combine self-righteousness with the perception of failure and decline.
Jun 30, 2014
Stop trying to reorder the Mideast
U.S. military intervention has broken pottery all over the Middle East. It is time for Washington to practice humility and to stop trying to micromanage the affairs of other nations.
Jun 30, 2014
Who'll pay for the Iraq sins?
Will the purveyors of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq ever do penance for their sins of warmongering?
Jun 27, 2014
U.S. Mideast policy crumbles
The Middle East has been torn apart by American invasions and attacks, and careless ideas about how to remake other peoples' lives. Iraq and Syria, as they exist today, may never recover from it.
Jun 20, 2014
China turning its attention to the Middle East
Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent invitation to Arab states to upgrade their strategic relationships with China reflects Beijing's broader goal of rebalancing its focus westward in response to America's 'pivot' toward Asia.
Jun 17, 2014
U.S. may have to 'drink poison' on Iran
President Barack Obama and the overstretched U.S. may have to decide whether to settle with Iran on the nuclear issue because that would be better than watching the Middle East descend into chaos.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 13, 2014
Egypt is back on track toward stability, ambassador assures Japan
Hisham El-Zimaity, the Egyptian ambassador to Japan since 2011, expressed hope in changing Japanese people's "negative" view of his country into a much more "forthcoming" one, now that Egypt is striving to restore economic and social stability following the recent turmoil.
Jun 11, 2014
Egypt's new pharaoh
Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt's Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egypt's new president. His job now is to forge unity in a country deeply divided, and restore trust in a political system that has...
Jun 6, 2014
U.S. could spare Israel a bad outcome
Until Washington stops its nonmilitary aid to Israel, ends its complicity in Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and instead supports full Palestinian membership in the U.N., the Jewish state will remain locked into self-destruction.
May 30, 2014
The Palestinian city that Pope Francis missed
For a glimpse of optimism amid the deadlocked Mideast peace negotiations, Pope Francis should have visited the emerging Palestinian city of Rawabi, intended to house light industry, high-tech firms and as many as 30,000 residents.
Apr 29, 2014
Why Hamas joining Fatah is good for Mideast peace
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's personal investment in the Mideast peace process exerts enough leverage to make the Israelis and Palestinians pretend to talk — but not enough to make them agree to something they otherwise don't really want. The Fatah-Hamas rapprochement may be a good thing.
Apr 27, 2014
Israel's dilemma over Putin's move on Ukraine
Israel worries about America's gradual withdrawal from the Middle East, a policy shift that has allowed Russia to regain lost influence there. And Russian President Vladimir Putin's move on Ukraine presented a dilemma for the Netanyahu government.
Apr 15, 2014
When will Netanyahu nail himself to the cross?
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not wrong to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, sooner or later, have to stop nailing himself to small crosses (prisoner releases, minor settlement compromises) and move to the big cross: endangering his right-wing coalition to advance to final-status negotiations with the Palestinians.
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.
Mar 28, 2014
Saudi Arabia's diplomatic pilgrimage to Pakistan
Although the strategic value of closer military ties with Pakistan seems highly questionable, Saudi Arabia has little choice.
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.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals