Gareth Porter: The big question looming over U.S.-Iraqi negotiations on a U.S. military presence after 2011 is what game Shi’a leader Moqtada al-Sadr is playing on the issue.
Leonard Eisenberg: Last week there was a meeting in the White House between Israel Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, where Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly showed me that he doesn’t have any common sense (hot nicht kein sechel).
Marian Wang: Even as anger over governmental corruption has exploded into protests across the Middle East, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been working to weaken the law that bans companies from bribing foreign officials.
H. Scott Prosterman: While various imperial occupiers have held sway in Egypt over the centuries, the culture of corruption has pervaded through all aspect of the economy, military and civil service. Much of the service economy is driven by the system of baksheesh (gratuity); so is the civilian and military economy. This is why Camp David was a qualified failure.