Reporting the Middle East: Please Go Back to the Streets

Irrespective of how one feels about the direction taken by various Arab revolutions in the last three years, a few facts remain incontestable. Arab revolts began in the streets of poor, despairing Arab cities, and Arabs had every right to rebel considering the dismal state of affairs in which they live. Few disagree with these … Continue reading “Reporting the Middle East: Please Go Back to the Streets”

Haftar Leads a Coup: A General’s Odd War on the Muslim Brotherhood

On 16 May, Libya’s rogue general Khalifa Haftar staged several bloody attacks against other Libyan militias in the name of eradicating terrorism by leading a paramilitary force evasively named the Libyan National Army. His well-equipped brigades were rapidly joined by officers from national army bases in the eastern parts of the country. Units from the … Continue reading “Haftar Leads a Coup: A General’s Odd War on the Muslim Brotherhood”

Navigating Syria: The Impossible, Indispensable Mission

I unfriended another Facebook friend this week. It may seem to be a trivial matter, but for me, it is not. The reason behind my action was Syria. As in Egypt, Syria has instigated many social media breakups with people whom, until then, were regarded with a degree of respect and admiration. But this is … Continue reading “Navigating Syria: The Impossible, Indispensable Mission”

Palestinian Unity: Hope and Gloom in the Beach Refugee Camp

For years, Palestinian factions have strived for unity, and for years unity has evaded them. But is it possible that following several failed attempts, Fatah and Hamas have finally found that elusive middle ground? And if they have done so, why, to what end, and at what cost? On April 23, top Fatah and Hamas … Continue reading “Palestinian Unity: Hope and Gloom in the Beach Refugee Camp”

Martin Indyk’s Galloping Horse: Moral Crisis at Heart of Obama’s Peace

To understand how thoughtless the US latest "peace process" drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. One particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk. Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, was selected by Secretary of … Continue reading “Martin Indyk’s Galloping Horse: Moral Crisis at Heart of Obama’s Peace”

New American Reality: An Empire Beyond Salvation

US Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the US-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After 8 months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 04 that the latest setback had served as a ‘reality check’ … Continue reading “New American Reality: An Empire Beyond Salvation”

The Libyan Bedlam: General Hifter, the CIA and the Unfinished Coup

On Friday, Feb. 14, 92 prisoners escaped from their prison in the Libyan town of Zliten. 19 of them were eventually recaptured, two of whom were wounded in clashes with the guards. It was just another daily episode highlighting the utter chaos which has engulfed Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011. Much … Continue reading “The Libyan Bedlam: General Hifter, the CIA and the Unfinished Coup”

Preserving the Abu Ghraib Culture: The Harrowing Abuse of Iraqi Women

"When they first put the electricity on me, I gasped; my body went rigid and the bag came off my head," Israa Salah, a detained Iraqi woman told Human Rights Watch (HRW) in her heartrending testimony. Israa (not her real name) was arrested by US and Iraqi forces in 2010. She was tortured to the … Continue reading “Preserving the Abu Ghraib Culture: The Harrowing Abuse of Iraqi Women”

Iraq Near Implosion: The ‘Bad Years’ Are Back

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hurried to his helicopter ready to take off at the end of a visit to Iraq last year, it was becoming clearer that the Americans have lost control of a country they wished to mold to their liking. His departure on March 24, 2013 was the conclusion of … Continue reading “Iraq Near Implosion: The ‘Bad Years’ Are Back”

The US and Israel’s Strange but ‘Stable’ Alliance

Israel is often viewed by Washington politicians as the most "stable" ally in the Middle East. But stability from the American perspective can mean many things. Lead amongst them is that the "ally" must be unconditionally loyal to the diktats of the US administration. This rule has proven to be true since the United States … Continue reading “The US and Israel’s Strange but ‘Stable’ Alliance”