Mel Gurtov: People with a long involvement in US-Saudi relations naturally deplore the evolving gulf between the US and Saudi Arabia but insist that the Saudis are too valuable an ally to desert.
Cassandra Dixon: Between the settlement and the outpost, what remains of the road is closed to Palestinians. With one exception—children walk behind an Israeli military jeep to reach their school. Their parents are not allowed to walk with them.
Janet Phelan: The US engagement in the Middle East has an unexplored impetus and if allowed to continue unchecked will have unexpected and world-changing consequences.
Kristin Y. Christman: Instead of adding more killing to the killing in vain attempts to achieve physical control over people’s minds, the most powerful step the U.S. can take is to change its own behavior to reduce tension within Middle Eastern minds.
Ivan Eland: The reasons for the United States to go to war against Saddam after his invasion of Kuwait were much less clear cut than have been imagined.
Ivan Eland: Why can’t we see that the U.S. government’s post-9/11 attacks on or invasions of at least seven Muslim countries—Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq—is far worse than Trump’s proposal in generating anti-U.S. blowback terrorism?
Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic self-interest trumped US military’s conviction that American security is being endangered by Obama’s policy of regime change.
Medea Benjamin: Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the US government was silent.
Ivan Eland: The United States mutes its criticism of Saudi Arabia’s atrocious human rights record, sweeps under the under the rug that the 9/11 attackers were mostly Saudi nationals, and ignores that Saudi Arabia is the biggest exporter of militant Sunni Islamism by its support for radical schools around the Islamic world.
Kathy Kelly: In Guantanamo, with each evening meal, Guantanamo prisoners are served tea in styrofoam cups. Many prisoners etch floral designs into their cups, which become a nightly artistic outlet for men with few other freedoms allowed them.
Gareth Porter: The notion that a political settlement will take place lacks credibility – the realities on the ground in Syria won’t allow it.
Hank Jones: The Palestinian struggle, in many ways, parallels the just struggles of the South African, my African-American and Latino brothers and sisters, and all oppressed peoples worldwide.
Majd Isreb: Both ISIL in the Middle East and the racists in the West have the same agenda: polarizing the populace into an “us against them” mentality.