Hunting Witches in Washington


by John Feffer Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a lake. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats, her guilt is plain for all… Continue Reading  

Saudi Fragility and Why MbS Is No Ataturk


by Paul R. Pillar One of the more intriguing news reports about the rapid rise to power of the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), concerns how he isolated his mother, placing her under house arrest for a… Continue Reading  

The Limits of Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision

Photo: Hala Aldosari (POMED via Flickr)

by Derek Davison Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s arrival in the United States has coincided with a very carefully managed public relations blitz intended to portray him as a visionary leader shepherding Saudi Arabia into a new era of… Continue Reading  

Does the Road to De-Escalation in the Middle East Run through Baghdad?


by Eldar Mamedov When the neoconservative echo chamber in the US was selling the war in Iraq almost two decades ago, it promised that the “road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad.” This notion, of course, was… Continue Reading  

Six Questions for The New York Times on America’s Wars


by Andrew Bacevich March 20, 2018 Dear Mr. Sulzberger: Congratulations on assuming the reins of this nation’s — and arguably, the world’s — most influential publication. It’s the family business, of course, so your appointment to succeed your father doesn’t exactly qualify… Continue Reading