Iran and the Middle East


by Richard Dalton President Trump has complained publicly that only cosmetic changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA also known more informally as the Iran nuclear deal) and some side agreements are being offered to him. As Mike… Continue Reading  

The War on Terror as the Launching of an American Crusade


by James Carroll America may be sinking ever deeper into the moral morass of the Trump era, but if you think the malevolence of this period began with him, think again. The moment I still dwell on, the moment I… Continue Reading  

Oh, Magog!

Flick Hand World Flick Off Globe Apocalypse Earth

by John Feffer Welcome back, Gog and Magog. I can’t say that I’ve missed you. You might remember the Gog and Magog story from 2003, when George W. Bush was making plans to invade Iraq and assembling a “coalition of… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia and Iran Battle It out in Azerbaijan


by James M. Dorsey It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are… Continue Reading  

Israel: On the Way to a Theocratic State


by Israel Rafalovich Israel is facing a rise in the influence of ultra-orthodox Jews. Their effort to impose their strictly conservative worldview has led to growing tensions with the country’s secular society. Radical rabbis are expanding their influence particularly when… Continue Reading