Egypt’s Treacherous Road

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Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker: Washington should refrain from its interventionist instincts and acknowledge that this is a fight for Egyptians.

Saudi Arabia Work Visa System

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Rebecca Martin: Under Saudi Arabia’s work visa system, people are kept in a state of permanent dependency on their sponsors. A worker can’t quit or change jobs, can’t invite a spouse or children to join her, or exit the country without her employer-sponsor’s permission.

Should the United States Quit Meddling in Egypt?

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Ivan Eland: The U.S. government is even more concerned about preserving U.S. military aid to Egypt—to retain its influence—than are some in the Egyptian armed forces, according to Egyptian military officials.

Egypt Uprising Not Over

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Bill Fletcher Jr.: The massacre must be condemned. The Egyptian military is further discrediting itself. A political solution must be found and it is likely that at least some wing of the Islamists will need to be included in that political solution.

Putin Warns Against Civil War in Egypt after Morsi’s Ousting

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Christof Lehmann: During a visit to Kazakhstan on Sunday, President Putin voiced his concern about the present situation in the North African country and his concern about the risk that the situation could develop into a civil war.

Our Middle East Obsession

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Ivan Eland: Slavish and lavish U.S. military and political support for Israel allows its government to obstruct the peace process by continuing to grab as much Palestinian land through the settlement of occupied territory, a violation of international law.

Obama’s No-Fingerprints Foreign Policy

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John Peeler: It seems that Obama wants to collect intelligence just as badly as Bush ever did, but he doesn’t want us to know.

Egypt Speaks, Again

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Bonnie Bricker and Adil E. Shamoo: Egypt’s first try at democratically elected governance was thwarted by power grabs and poor management of this most populous Arab nation. The people we met in Egypt want to work side-by-side with all of their fellow Egyptians.

Egypt and the Arab Spring

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John Peeler: There cannot be democracy in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Middle East, unless the Islamists are brought in, and eventually brought around to accepting that electoral victories do not confer absolute power.

Liberals vs. Democrats in the Arab World

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John Peeler: Democracy in the Middle East as a whole, not just in Egypt, means Islamists in power, and it won’t be liberal. And as long as the urban, educated sectors and the military are opposed to Islamist democracy, it cannot be stable.

Muslim Women: No Home Anywhere

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Rebecca Martin: In Saudi Arabia, Muslim women struggle with an issue that’s at the heart of their community—living with the rights already given to women in the Koran and by the teachings of Mohammed.

Down the Slippery Slope in Syria

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Ivan Eland: Despite disasters in the making in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya after eliminating unfriendly governments, Western nations just can’t pass up another opportunity to topple yet another excessively vilified ruler and replace him with a veneer of democracy.

Can Public Opinion Stop U.S. War in Syria?

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Tom Hayden: We are edging closer to the neo-conservative dream of total conflagration in the Muslim Middle East. Despite only 11 percent public support for US military intervention in Syria, a reluctant President Barack Obama is being pushed into escalation.

Why Is America’s Relationship with Israel So Special?

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Steve Hochstadt: Does the economic development of Israel into one of the world’s richest nations suggest a shift in the nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel? Should wealthy Israelis shoulder more of the burden of supporting their own nation?

Egypt and Iran: Persecuting Bahai and Christian Coptic Women

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Jim Rhodes: In Egypt, since the beginning of the 1990s, detailed and extensive reports have been kept regarding the persecution and discrimination against Coptic Christians and Baha’is.

Iraq War’s Final Lie

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JP Sottile: It turns out that the world is not better off without Saddam. The Middle East is not better off. Most tragically, neither are the majority of the Iraqi people living in the lower two-thirds of that broken, obliterated nation.

Ten Years Ago and Today: A Warfare State of Mind

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Norman Solomon: The resulting tragedies have been so horrific and large-scale that the overall reporting by U.S. mass media scarcely provides a clue. In real time and in retrospect, the dominant cliches about this war have stayed in circular motion, self-referential, within American bubbles.

AIPAC’s Doomsday Conference: It’s the End of the World Again

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William Blum: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recent convention in Washington produced the usual Doomsday talk concerning Iran’s imminent possession of nuclear weapons and with calls to bomb that country before they nuked Israel and/or the United States.

In “Going to Tehran,” Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony

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Gareth Porter: Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett tackle not only U.S. policy toward Iran but the broader context of Middle East policy with a systematic analytical perspective informed by personal experience, as well as very extensive documentation.

Egypt’s Coming Islamic State

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Nezar AlSayyad: When Morsi issued a decree granting himself unlimited emergency powers, allowing him to hold executive and legislative authority, while shielding himself from any possible judicial challenges, the opposition rightfully compared him to Mubarak and started to call him a dictator and a Pharaoh.

Engagement and Entanglement in the Middle East

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John Peeler: Obama’s task—and that of his successors—will be to engage constructively with the changes the region will be undergoing, without repeating the errors of the imperialist past by seeking to dominate and control those changes.

Fake AP Graph Exposes Israeli Fraud and IAEA Credulity

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Gareth Porter: The graph of the relationship between energy and power shown in the AP story has now been revealed to contain absurdly large errors indicating its fraudulence.

Can Photos From Gaza Help Blaze a Path to Peace?

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Linda Milazzo: In Gaza, because of the hard work and valor of intrepid journalists, we have the horrific photos of dead children and their grieving families that Dershowitz and his cohorts vindictively besmirch.

The Arab Spring’s First Dictator

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Nezar AlSayyad: The Arab World celebrated the fall of several of its most brutal dictators but last week it witnessed the meteoric rise of yet a new dictator, President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt.

Pentagon Nixed 1998 Probe of Iranian Nuclear Program

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Gareth Porter: In 1998, the Defence Department vetoed a delegation of prominent U.S. nuclear specialists to go to Iran to investigate its nuclear programme at the invitation of the government

Turkey’s High Risk Game

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Stephen Lendman: Turkey is Washington’s lead anti-Syrian belligerent. It’s playing with fire. It may end up burned. For good reason, Assad blames Ankara for heightened tensions and border confrontations.

Who Gains from Syria’s Destruction

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Shamus Cooke: The steady destruction of Syria will continue until it reaches a Libya-like crescendo: a “no fly zone” will be the goal of the western powers, with the motive of toppling the regime.

Bibi’s Graphics: Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

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Vijay Prashad: The bizarre, almost hand drawn, “bomb” in one of Netanyahu’s hands was complemented by the red marker in another: man enough, Bibi suggested, to draw his own red lines. He doesn’t need the Americans.

US Special Forces Deployed in Iraq, Again

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Tom Hayden: The US is caught in the contradictions of proxy wars, favoring Iran’s ally in Iraq while trying to displace Iran’s proxy in Syria.

Iranian Diplomat Says Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20-Percent Enrichment

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Gareth Porter: Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran

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