Time to Bring “Nation Building” Home

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Tom Hall: Ain’t it grand that we have a looming new war with Syria to take our minds off of the coup in Egypt and the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom!

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.

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.

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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