The Shah’s Long Road

by Gregory Brew On January 16, 1979, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, boarded a plane at Mehrabad Airport near Tehran. He would never return. Iran, where he had ruled as monarch and dictator for several decades, was in… Continue Reading  

America’s Motley Middle Eastern Crew

by James A. Russell The media has provided a daily barrage of coverage of the ever-changing story of how Jamal Khashoggi met his tragic and barbaric demise, with accompanying tales of just how awful those bad old Saudis really are.… Continue Reading  

Preventing Palestine: A Must Read History of Failed Peace-Making

by James J. Zogby  Seth Anziska’s Preventing Palestine: A Political History From Camp David to Oslo is a deeply insightful and profoundly disturbing book that traces the tortuous path of Middle East peace-making during the past four decades. It was… Continue Reading  

The Trojan Drone

by Rebecca Gordon Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It’s a shiny video game for grown ups… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy

by Andrew Cockburn These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every sort. Senator John McCain thunders that “this president has no strategy to successfully… Continue Reading