Joseph Palermo: American foreign policymakers have known all along that ousting President Bashar al-Assad will not magically end the civil, ethnic, and sectarian wars that are now raging in what’s left of Syria. But that fact hasn’t stopped them from trying.
Richard Greeman: Why sell arms to your most dangerous and implacable adversaries when your are war against them? Why then insult the modesty and gratuitously humiliate the women of a great people known for their pride.
Walter Moss: As the horrors continue, traditional diplomatic talks have done little good. What then can be done? Although there are no easy answers, the example of Gandhi in Calcutta in August and September 1947 keeps coming back to me.
John Peeler: The twentieth century Turkish model of democracy was thus fundamentally flawed. It was marked from its Kemalist birth as a project to impose democracy on the Turkish people, and to transform their culture over decades to make them fit for a proper democracy.
Abba Solomon: Every day the world sees abuse of non-Jews by the “Jewish state.” The AJC resolutely turns away from the realities of power in Israel-controlled land, and returns to its old school education efforts against “anti-Semitism.”
Kathy Kelly: U.S. think tanks cleverly promote cartoonized versions of foreign policy wherein the mighty giant strikes a fist and eliminates the “bad guy” whom we are told has caused our problems. Building Trust in Afghanistan
Murray Polner: As all civil wars go, this one is especially unforgiving and brutal, made worse by bitter historic ethnic, religious and tribal rivalries and the proxy wars fought by foreign powers that are there to defend its interests.
Gareth Porter: With the Iran nuclear agreement, President Obama opened lines of communications to Iran, but political pressures in Washington prevent a more substantive shift in relations. us-iran ties
Gareth Porter: The administration’s vacillation on the issue reflects the reality that the US-supported armed opposition has no intention to withdraw from its close military collaboration with Nusra Front.
Murray Polner: Dov Waxman’s Trouble in the Tribe is a fair and thorough account of a growing schism between American Jews who refuse to remain silent about Israeli policies they find objectionable and the well-known Israel Lobby.
Gareth Porter: The Saudi regime certainly played a role in the trail of events that led to 9/11, but there is no need to wait for the declassification of the 28 pages to understand that trail.
Stephen Fox: Although it is concealed in campaign rhetoric thus far, in my opinion, Clinton is far more of a hawk than even George Bush II was.
Peter Cavanaugh: Although Saudi Arabia has long denied any involvement in condoning or supporting the nightmare of 9/11, it does seem reasonable to suggest after almost 15 years that certain persons and/or elements in Saudi society were quite possibly major contributors to the debacle. Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act