Try and Try Again: Obama’s Silent Coups

Last night, as I watched the television news, there were consecutive stories on massive street protests in Ukraine and Venezuela. They were all presented as democratic protests against undemocratic and unresponsive governments. Not one of the stories mentioned the not unimportant detail that, in each case, the violent street protests were targeting governments democratically elected … Continue reading “Try and Try Again: Obama’s Silent Coups”

Switching Sides in Syria? Unbelievable, but Not Unprecedented

The perfectly timed release of photographic evidence of torture and killing on the part of the Syrian government on the very eve of the Geneva II peace talks may or may not be authentic. There have been atrocities on both sides, and these pictures could be evidence of government atrocities. But one cannot forget the … Continue reading “Switching Sides in Syria? Unbelievable, but Not Unprecedented”

Their Hardliners Are Right; Our Hardliners Are Wrong

As the pendulum swings wildly between unexpected rapid success and unexpected rapid falling apart at the P5+1 nuclear negotiations in Geneva, media reports continue, in virtually every article, to remind us of the fragility of diplomatic efforts due to "hardliners" both in America and in Iran. But, to imply an equality between the two groups … Continue reading “Their Hardliners Are Right; Our Hardliners Are Wrong”

Don’t Take Your Eye Off Regime Change

Recent revelations about Iraq have exposed a pattern that may be just as revelatory about Syria. When the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons recently won the Nobel Peace prize, its former director general, José Bustani, decided to finally discuss the circumstances behind his firing eleven years ago. Bustani says that the Bush administration … Continue reading “Don’t Take Your Eye Off Regime Change”

Is Iran Just Fooling Us?

Are we just being fooled by Iran? Are we being seduced by a Persian snake charmer only to later be stung by his nuclear bite? According to Israel we are. Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz says that newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "has launched a charm offensive on … Continue reading “Is Iran Just Fooling Us?”