Bahrain: Anchors Aweigh?

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by Richard Sokolsky The government of Bahrain’s unremitting repression and human rights abuses against its political opposition are leading the country down a road that over the coming years promises instability and a significant escalation of domestic conflict. The United… Continue Reading  

America’s Outdated Special Relationship with Saudi Arabia

King Salman bin Abdulaziz  of Saudi Arabia bids farewell to President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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by Ryan Suto The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing… Continue Reading  

Trump Courts Adelson, Flip-Flops on Israel-Palestine

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by Eli Clifton Donald Trump has been accused of misogyny, racism, and Islamophobia as well as shifting his positions on key issues such as the Iraq War and abortion. But despite his slide to the right, he has stuck doggedly… Continue Reading  

The 9/11 Lawsuit Argument: Echoes of the Past

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by Thomas W. Lippman Now that Congress had made it possible for families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the United States may find out if all the dire consequences predicted whenever this issue has been raised in the… Continue Reading  

The Lost Language of Integration

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by John Feffer In a recent This American Life episode, investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses the perils of America’s segregated school system. She points out that there has been only one proven way to narrow the performance gap between African-American and… Continue Reading