I’m proud to announce that in today’s Souciant we have Emmanuel Stokes interviewing Glenn Greenwald. Please check it out, it will be worth your while.
Posts Tagged ‘Bahrain’
Posted in Free speech, tagged 9/11, Alan Rusbridger, Amber Lyon, Bahrain, Chris Blackhurst, CNN, Edward Snowden, Emma Brockes, Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange, London Evening Standard, Noam Chomsky, NSA, Pentagon Papers, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, Wikileaks, William Binney, Windows 8 on February 6, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Avigdor Lieberman, Axis of Evil, Bahrain, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, France, Geneva, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, Israel, John Kerry, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, nuclear, P5+1, Palestine, Saddam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tehran on November 15, 2013| Leave a Comment »
The Obama Administration has never had the best relationship with Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has never hidden his disdain for Barack Obama, and worked for his defeat in 2012. But the level of invective between the US and Israel in recent days is quite unprecedented.
No doubt, a lot of this has to do with Netanyahu’s inability to chart a course for Israel that includes resolution of any of its conflicts–either diplomatically as the center-left would prefer or by massive exercise of force, as the right favors. Instead, he has chosen a path of perpetual conflict, which has not sat well in Washington and Brussels, where the past decade has whetted their appetites to turn attention elsewhere and, most of all, to extricate themselves from the spreading conflicts and increasingly hostile politics in the Middle East.
But a good deal also is due to an apparent determination on the parts of Obama and John Kerry to change the way the US pursues its agenda in the Mideast. Despite the hysteria of those, such as Abe Foxman, Malcolm Hoenlein, David Harris and Netanyahu himself, who prefer to see Israel in perpetual conflict, the US is not about to abandon Israel, nor its new BFF, Saudi Arabia. But Obama’s opponent in ’12, Mitt Romney, actually laid out the issue very well. When he describes how he would decide on US foreign policy in the Mideast, he said his first step would be to phone his friend, Netanyahu. That’s actually how it has worked for some time, and Obama is trying to change that, though the odds are against his success. I explore in Souciant.
Posted in Arab Spring, Barack Obama, tagged Bahrain, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Democrats, Iran, Islam, Israel, John Boehner, Middle east, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Qatar, Religion, Republicans, Secularism, Sheikh Khalifa, United States on November 9, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In my latest piece for Souciant, I look at what President Obama can do to create a more positive view of the United States in the Arab world, and how some steps that need to be taken in response to the Arab Spring can actually help move the politics around Israeli-Palestinian peace forward. In turn, that forward motion would also, obviously, help enhance the US’ standing in the Arab world, a pleasant symbiosis that I highly doubt Obama will pursue.
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged AIPAC, Al Gore, apartheid, Bahrain, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Christian ZIonism, Citizens United, CUFI, Egypt, Free Syrian Army, George W. Bush, Iran, Israel Saudi Arabia, John McCain, Lebanon, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans, Salafists, SCAF, Syria, Turkey, West Bank, Yemen on June 20, 2012| 1 Comment »
This week’s Souciant piece is up. It’s the first of what is likely to be many pieces over the next few months on Obama’s first term, his possible second one and just how bad things could be with a Republican president. In this piece, while I remind folks that things would have been much worse with McCain and will be much worse if Romney wins in November, Obama’s policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East has been a disaster.