Manufacturing Fear Itself

When it comes to the news we produce and consume in our democracy, it’s increasingly clear that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, writes Reed Richardson.

Lessons from the Historic Tunisian Elections

The election victory of the new Nidaa Tounes party reflects a relatively sophisticated response by smaller parties and political groupings who came together to form this alliance of former officials, secularists, progressives and leftists, argues Rami G. Khouri .

Delusional Victory Holds The Promise Of Change

While Hamas is claiming victory, it emerged more isolated than ever before and remains vulnerable to Israel’s military incursions and at its mercy to ease the blockade, notes Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

How Israel Is Turning Gaza Into A Super-max Prison

Where else in the world apart from the Palestinian territories would the international community stand by idly as so many people suffer – and not from a random act of God but willed by fellow humans? Asks Jonathan Cook.

Libyan Youth Are Stronger Than Death

The youth of Libya are still working to combat violence and support peace projects. We shall continue until the very end, and we shall prevail, writes Marouane Bakit.

My Mother, My Values, My Vote

Because I was born into a Lebanese immigrant home -- grounded by my church, my ethnic heritage, and my family -- I look at every election through the lens of those values. That's why I vote for Democrats, stresses James Zogby.

Rebuilding Gaza

At the Cairo donor conference, speaker after speaker emphasized the unsustainability of the status quo in Gaza, demanding fundamental change, and vowing not to go back to pre-war situation. Yet, for a lack of resolve or absence of imagination, or perhaps both, no clear policy or vision for a way out, or a way forward, was presented, writes Mohammed Samhouri.

The Cowardice of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Since 9/11, Muslim-Americans have struggled to overcome the suspicions of their non-Muslim neighbors. These doubts have often manifested themselves in outright discrimination, and Muslims have been targeted by bigots in hate crimes across the country, argues Omar Ghabra.

The Rule of Law Triumphs — Sort of — in the USA

The long quest for accountability for the mayhem and mass suffering that resulted from the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 is not only about redressing the misdeeds of the past, because the death and destruction that the American and British governments unleashed in early 2003 continue to spread mayhem all around the region, writes Rami G. Khouri.

The Importance of Being Exceptional: From Ancient Greece to Twenty-First-Century America

David Bromwich considers the “exceptional” nation, from ancient Greece to Washington late last night, and in the process explores the special immorality of imagining yourself as the most exceptional of lands.

Fighting the Last War: Will the War on Terror Be the Template for the Ebola Crisis?

In the midst of Ebola hysteria here in the U.S. (while the genuine crisis, of course, is in West Africa), Karen Greenberg, writes a groundbreaking post on where the American “war” on Ebola may go.

ISIS Is the Latest of Many Different Islamisms

The frightening rise and expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has now triggered yet another round of American-led foreign military attacks in the Levant, continues to confound many in the region and around the world, notes Rami G. Khouri.

We Need to Know More, But the “Experts” Aren’t Helping

What is unfolding in Syria and Iraq is clearly a danger that we must address. But before we go half-cocked into another Middle East war based on half-baked notions about the people we will be fighting, we need to know a great deal more about the challenges involved, writes James Zogby.

Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

Without Laura Poitras, the Snowden revelations might never have happened and her account of how events unfolded, of what lay behind them, and even of her “reboot” once she actually met Snowden (after five months of encrypted emailing) couldn’t be more dramatic or revealing.

It’s Time for International Recognition of Palestine

What we need today, as Palestinians, is to counter Israel’s unilateral “facts on the ground” with Palestinian facts on the ground, and to strengthen Palestinian rights by focusing on independence and self-determination, argues Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi.

New Hair-brained American Ideas in the Middle East

Why does the United States repeatedly discard the relevance of human nature and history when it unleashes its guns and goes into action around the world? Asks Rami G. Khouri.

The Palestinian Refugees: Ending Their Lingering Plight

It is nothing short of a travesty to allow another generation of Palestinians to grow up in a state of limbo, only so their corrupt leaders can ride on their backs and cry wolf about their plight while shamelessly enjoying the good life, stresses Alon Ben-Meir.

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State

After all, with all that military power being brought to bear on the planet’s most volatile region, what could possibly go wrong? Asks Peter Van Buren.

 
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