Trump’s War Hysteria Against Iran Ignores Middle East Realities

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by Emile Nakhleh By threatening a devastating war against Iran, President Donald Trump’s recent response to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s benign statement about “the mother of all peace” and “the mother of all war” is another example of erratic and… Continue Reading  

Foolish Wars Have Consequences

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by James J. Zogby  Fifteen years ago, we were still in the early stages of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, “the war that would change everything.” Looking at the Middle East today, I feel an overwhelming sadness as… Continue Reading  

Trump’s War with the Intelligence Community Is Not About Peace

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by Charles Davis When the most powerful and belligerent man in the world began casually exploring the idea of invading Venezuela—this, after Caracas’s state-owned oil company gave $500,000 to the U.S. president’s inauguration party—it was an establishment general, H.R. McMaster,… Continue Reading  

Middle East: History Threatens to Repeat Itself

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by James M. Dorsey If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for… Continue Reading  

Taking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from Bad to Worse

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (State Department)

by James J. Zogby The GOP’s appointment of prominent purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred to positions on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is both disturbing and instructive. It exposes the cynical and misguided approach Republicans have taken to… Continue Reading