Kerry and the Mideast

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Brent Budowksy: To those who oppose the diplomacy of Obama and Kerry, I ask: What is your alternative? What happens if your policies are followed?

Why Hawks Are Trying to Kill Interim Nuclear Pact with Iran

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Ivan Eland: If the real objective is to weaken Iran as power in the Middle East through a military attack by either the US or Israel, using Iran’s nuclear program as an excuse, the interim agreement is a disaster because it removes the imperative for any military strike.

Obama’s Case for Syria Didn’t Reflect Intel Consensus

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Gareth Porter: Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, interviews with former intelligence officials reveals.

Iraq No, Syria Yes

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Brent Budowsky: Syria is not Iraq. Obama, along with Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, is not looking for imperial wars or large-scale or long-term military conflicts.

The U.S. Will Regret Intervention in Syria

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Ivan Eland: With a $17 trillion national debt and war fatigue from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, the American public, as shown by opinion polls, has no stomach for the deep involvement in Syria that the pundits crave.

Syria: Just Say No

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John Peeler: Barack Obama, apparently against his better judgment, is about to feed our nation’s addiction to addressing insoluble problems with bombs, with predictably perverse results. He ought to “just say no.”

The Case for Restraint in Yemen

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Ivan Eland: Until the United States realizes that its informal overseas empire, and the military interventions needed to maintain it, is the primary cause of anti-U.S. terrorism, the excessively grandiose and counterproductive war on terror is likely to continue endlessly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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