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Why Does ISIS Hate Shi’a?

Published on December 17th, 2014 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller ISIS has particularly targeted Shi’a as a key part of their brutal onslaught against any practice of Islam that does not conform to their narrow ahistorical interpretation view of their religion. We ... Read More



It’s Egypt That Needs Higher Oil Prices

Published on December 16th, 2014 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman The country that could ultimately suffer the most damage from a sustained depression in the world price of oil could be one that is not a major producer: Egypt. Unable to sustain ... Read More



The IAEA Faces a Major Credibility Test

Published on December 15th, 2014 | by Robert Kelley

by Robert Kelley On December 11, the spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that his agency was, as Gareth Porter asserted on this website earlier this month, not interested in accepting a recent ... Read More



What Is Genuine Leadership in the Middle East?

Published on December 14th, 2014 | by Guest

by Graham E. Fuller A supreme challenge to US policies in the Middle East—especially in the Arab world—has been dealing with the no-win dilemma of leadership in the Arab world. As we look out across the ... Read More



Livni Joining With Labor: Not A Game-Changer

Published on December 12th, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick The media in Israel is abuzz with the news that Tzipi Livni will bring her Ha’Tnuah party into a joint ticket with the much larger Labor party. Now there is a tandem that ... Read More



CIA = Contracting Intelligence Agency

Published on December 12th, 2014 | by David Isenberg

by David Isenberg Undoubtedly, there are many aspects of the just-released summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program that can and should be pondered. But, ... Read More


President George W Bush visits CIA Headquarters, March 20, 2001.

The National Effort at Self-Exoneration on Torture

Published on December 11th, 2014 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar The nation’s current attempt at catharsis through a gargantuan report prepared by the Democratic staff of a Senate committee exhibits some familiar patterns. Most of them involve treating a government agency as if ... Read More

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