The talks between the P5+1 and Iran are stirring up an already bubbling cauldron in the Middle East. The US’ position in the region is going to change in the next few years, though how that change manifests remain to be seen. One thing is certain, and that is that a deal between the United States and Iran is desired by both of those parties and scares the hell out the US’ closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. I explore in this week’s column at Souciant.
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Posted in Iran, Israel, Middle East, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States on October 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This piece originally appeared at Souciant’s new blog. Check it out for a great deal of brilliant and different progressive thought.
I wrote recently about the apoplectic reaction of some members of Russia’s Jewish community to Stephen Fry’s very accurate
comparison of the atmosphere in Germany at the beginning of Adolph Hitler’s Fascist regime and Vladmir Putin’s incitement to hate and violence against LGBT people in Russia.
Today, Israel’s very own hatemonger, Avigdor Lieberman, from the obscurity of his forced suspension from his post as Foreign Minister on corruption charges, raises the Holocaust specter, though this time on much more specious (though, I certainly grant, not entirely non-existent) grounds. (more…)
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Chemi Shalev, Egypt, Ha'aretz, Israel, Middle east, Noam Chomsky, Pivot to Asia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, US Aid to Israel on August 21, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Many of you who follow me here know that I have been working for several years as writer, Associate Editor and, most recently, Publisher of Souciant, an innovative and groundbreaking online magazine. Today, we launched a new feature, a blog which will feature shorter articles on a variety of topics, much like the diverse content of Souciant.
My first blog post is up there, Israel’s New Frenemies. In it, I take a look at some of the implications of the shifts taking place in the region and what they mean for Israel. Check it out, and keep following us. Oh, and make sure you tell your friends about Souciant.
Posted in Egypt, tagged Arab Spring, Egypt, Egypt Aid, Egypt protests, Egyptian Revolution, John Kerry, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, SCAF, Tunisia, Turkey on August 13, 2013 | 6 Comments »
This piece originally appeared at LobeLog
The comedy of errors that is US involvement in Egypt is reaching new heights. The Obama administration continues to be torn by
conflicting preferences and concerns. This week its blunders reached new heights after it blessed the trip of Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham to Egypt. The ensuing farce was inevitable.
The GOP Senators are somewhat less obstructionist than others in their party; they have not always opposed Barack Obama’s policies simply because they were his policies. While many of the current Republican crew are virtually absolute in opposing anything Obama does, McCain, in particular, has only done that most of the time. But they are certainly not Obama’s allies, and, while the administration made it clear that the duo were not their representatives in Egypt, it was almost certain they would only complicate matters. So, they did.
Posted in Egypt, tagged AKP, al-Sisi, Anwar Sadat, Arab Spring, Catherine Ashton, Coup, Egypt, Egyptian Coup, Egyption Revolution, Fawaz Gerges, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Gaza, Hamas, Hosni Mubarak, Jordan, June 30, Libya, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Political Islam, SCAF, Tunisia, Turkey on July 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
It’s time to ask some tough questions about US policy regarding Egypt. The most pressing being what that policy is, exactly?
I agreed with the easily assailable decision by the Obama administration to refrain from labeling the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi a coup. It still is my belief that doing so might be consistent with US law, but would not be helpful to Egypt. Instead of taking funding away from the military which, since it now directly controls the Egyptian till, would simply divert the lost funds from other places (causing even more distress to an already reeling Egyptian economy) it would be better to use the aid as leverage to push the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) toward an inclusive political process that would include drafting a broadly acceptable constitution and, with all due speed, re-installing a duly elected civilian government. (more…)