New BBC Poll: Iran Unloved, But Not Isolated

BBC poll data indicates that 25% percent of Egyptian respondents view Iran favorably, nearly the same number as view U.S. influence as positive (26%). Nearly equal numbers of Turkish respondents approve of the influence of the U.S. (35%) and Iran (36%). Half of those polled, in countries long regarded as the staunchest Middle East allies of both the U.S. and of Israel–50% in Egypt, 49% in Turkey– expressed negativity about U.S. influence, with only 32% of Egyptians and 45% of Turks worried about Iran. Continue Reading  

Tomgram: James Carroll, Where Did All the Fatwas Go?

The Disappearance of the Nightmare Arab How a Revolution of Hope Is Changing the Way Americans Look at Islam By James Carroll Reprinted with permission of Since 2001, Americans have been living with a nightmare Arab, a Muslim monster… Continue Reading  

What is the Obama Administration Doing to Bradley Manning?

We’ve been a bit remiss in covering this story, but recent revelations about the treatment of PFC Bradley Manning (for details, see Glenn Greenwald) make clear that the military — and thus the Obama administration — is subjecting Manning to… Continue Reading  

Going Fishing, Almost

Ali and Eli are both busy working on some extra-curricular projects this month, with a little well-deserved rest and recreation thrown in for good measure. (They’ve been going non-stop on Iran since August.) So blogging is likely to be slow… Continue Reading  

Please, No More About the Freedom Agenda

Charles Krauthammer’s column does not get off to a good start: Voices around the world, from Europe to America to Libya, are calling for U.S. intervention to help bring down Moammar Gaddafi. Yet for bringing down Saddam Hussein, the United… Continue Reading