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February 2009

Only a Strong Iran will Talk

Iran knows well that America has vital interests and is not likely to leave the region completely. Iran also knows that the …

Iraq’s Resurgent Nationalism

"The Iraqi political map has been redrawn," says Raed Jarrar, the Iraq consultant to the American Friends Service Committee. "There’s been a …

Will Obama say ‘we’re sorry’?

If United States President Barack Obama is really serious about "unclenched fists" in a new US-Iran relationship, he’s got to take a …

Obama, an economic unilateralist

America’s economic crisis in 2009 bears little resemblance to the mini-depression of 1979. Then, the baby boomers were in their 20s and …

Mossad’s Dirty Secrets in Iran

Ali Ashtari, a 45-year-old tradesman in electronic merchandise who supplied electronic devices to military bases and research centers is seen in a …

Step by step for Middle East women

Saudi Arabia lags far behind its neighbors. Women there live in a gender-segregated and unequal society. They may not vote, must seek …

One Region, Two States

Israeli President Shimon Peres is optimistic about reaching a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. He says this is the best solution …

The World’s Many Conflicts

There are multiple regions of tension around the world where trouble could flare up over any one of the above-mentioned issues; the …

Where is Israel Going?

These are terrible days for those of us who long to see Israel finally accepted by its neighbors. At a time when …

With Gaza, Journalists Fail Again

All governments lie in wartime. Israel is no exception. Israel waged an effective war of black propaganda. It lied craftily with its …

Bailouts for Bunglers

“We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we’d like to do our best …

Qatar Challenges Washington on Hamas

Under the leadership of Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatari diplomacy has always been quirky. With a coterie of loyal aides, Shaikh …

Gaza New Siege Mechanism

The rebuilding of Gaza has become the latest siege weapon. The Israeli occupation, the US that had backed its offensive, and the …