Both opposition to and support of Barack Obama’s proposal to bomb Syria have been focusing on a chemical weapons attack that killed some 1400 people while pushing to the background a civil war that has killed 100,000. The spiraling situation in Syria and the growing callousness of the discourse around it, in the West and elsewhere is long on what should not be done but tragically bereft of what should be done. I try to change that in my piece this week in Souciant.
Posts Tagged ‘Bashar al-Assad’
Posted in Syria, tagged ARab League, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Caucasus, Central America, chemical weapons, European Union, France, Gulf of Tonkin, Iran, Israel, John Kerry, Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, Reagan Administration, Russia, Syria, United Nations, Vietnam on September 6, 2013| Leave a Comment »
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 AKP, Bashar al-Assad, Egypt, European Union, Hosni Mubarak, Iran, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, SCAF, Syria, Turkey, UAE, United States on July 5, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Once again, Egypt is in turmoil. Some of the characteristics of the current upheaval are similar to that of two years ago, but there are many differences. Still, the immediate outcome is largely the same, with the military taking over and promising to shepherd in a new civilian government, which it says will reflect the “will of the people.” But this process is even more fraught than the last one, while also holding the potential for a much better outcome. I examine this in Souciant this week.
Posted in Syria, tagged Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, CIA, David Lesch, Facebook, France, Free Syrian Army, Hafez al-Assad, Hama, Hezbollah, Iran, Jane Harman, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, Lebanon, Lindsey Graham, Muslim Brotherhood, Rafik-Al Hariri, Salam Idriss, Sunni, Syria, Turkey, United States, Victoria Nuland on April 5, 2013| Leave a Comment »
It seems there’s an awful lot of surety around when it comes to action, or non-action, on Syria. But a deeper look at what is happening there does not lead to simple solutions, or even to a whole lot of clarity on the nature of who the “good guys” are. I examine the dynamics in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in Syria, tagged 972 Magazine, al-Qaeda, Amos Harel, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Larry Derfner, Lebanon, SA-17, Syria, Turkey, United States on February 1, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, tagged AIPAC, Arab Spring, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Camp David II, democracy, Egypt, Gaza, George H.W. Bush, Great Depression, Hezbollah, Iraq, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish State, Jews, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Muslim Brotherhood, Netanyahu, Oslo Process, Palestine, pro-Israel, Syria, United States, Yitzhak Shamir on September 21, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In this week’s piece at Souciant, I start taking a look at what Barack Obama’s second term may look like in terms of Middle East policy now that Mitt Romney has bungled himself into a position where he will need an unprecedented comeback to defeat the incumbent. Yet, while I see serious trouble for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has actively worked for Obama’s defeat, I don’t see a lot of fundamental change in Washington’s attitude in the region for the next four years. At least, not at the instigation of the White House; change will come from the region itself, if it comes at all.
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.