Pompeo in Cairo: Anti-Obama, Anti-Iran, and Little Else

Mike Pompeo in Cairo (State Department via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a campaign speech in Cairo that seemed written to please an audience of one—President Donald Trump—along with the domestic political base to which Trump’s own rhetoric is designed to appeal.… Continue Reading  

Egypt Blacks Out Coverage of Sisi’s 60 Minutes Interview

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by Joe Stork CBS’s flagship news program 60 Minutes provocatively promoted its interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as “the interview Egypt’s government doesn’t want on TV.” After CBS recorded the interview, Egypt’s ambassador to the United States as… Continue Reading  

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “a Very Dangerous Place”

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by Emile Nakhleh The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it so. President Trump’s bizarre and strange recent statement giving Saudi Crown… Continue Reading  

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

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by Juan Cole These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the… Continue Reading  

Interview with Emile Nakhleh

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by Hasan Mesut Onder  Hasan Mesut Onder: Is America an empire that wants to maintain its global hegemony, a center power trying to create order in the new world through democratic values, or a state controlled by specific lobbies, economic monopolies, religious… Continue Reading