Iran Seeks to Distance Oman from GCC

What Oman is to Iran is essentially a rescue boat that Iran has to jump into and use it to pursue a more conciliatory path with the GCC, Arabs and Muslims in general, notes Zaher Mahruqi.

The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just Changed

Here’s what actually matters most: At a crucial moment and without a shot being fired, the United States and Iran have come to a turning point away from an era of outright hostility, writes Peter Van Buren.

Can NATO militaries generate Mideast stability?

If you thought that NATO attacking Libya in 2011 was a risky venture, given the mess it has left behind there today, this plan for northern Syria is potentially more dangerous and destabilizing if it goes wrong, notes Rami G. Khouri.

God’s Masterpiece or the Devil’s Bad Joke?

A true summer pleasure: A fabulous selection from one of the writing wonders of our time, Eduardo Galeano.

Israel Uses Water to Control Palestinian Life

The relentless scarcity is purposeful and integral to Israel’s strategy of “demographic balance,” says Charlotte Silver.

Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change?

Martin O’Malley was ridiculed by the right for correctly noting the role of climate-induced drought in causing Syria’s instability. The bad news is that this is only the beginning, observes Juan Cole.

Zarif visits Gulf region in new bid to sell Iran old 'policy'

Zarif asks Arab neighbours to cooperate against common threat, but insists that Tehran's policy will not change.

EU rightly separates Israel’s security from its colonial abuses

Developments send the powerful political message that Israel’s continuing illegal actions in the occupied Palestinian territories cannot continue forever with impunity, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Somaliland’s Double Abdirahmans: From the Emancipator to the Messiah

How long Somaliland will be a pariah tribe wanting to be nation? Another quarter century? Asks Abdirahman Dirye.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly About The Iran Deal

The most objectionable part of the Iran deal, however, is that the US did not link the deal to Iran’s nefarious activities in and outside the region, which made the nuclear issue acute and unsettling, argues Alon Ben-Meir.

Israel’s Endless Misery for Gaza is no Policy at All

Frustration at the failure by international institutions so far to hold Israel to account is driving other ways to punish Israel, notably the grassroots boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, notes Jonathan Cook.

Gen. Odierno Speaks Half the Truth Needed to Defeat ISIS

The faster and more concretely the United States and Arab states play their parts in addressing the non-military issues that promote IS, the faster that 20-year horizon for destroying IS and everything it reflects will whittle down into a shorter time frame, reports Rami G. Khouri.

The Risks of Rejecting Iran-Nuke Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has told the US Congress to reject the Iranian nuclear deal and the Israeli propaganda machine is fully in gear to back up his demands, but the deal’s opponents ignore the risks of their potential success, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Who Benefits from Iranian Business?

European and US businesses are hoping for a bonanza once Iran is freed from economic sanctions, but the West must overcome decades of distrust from the Iranians, meaning that Russia and China may have an early edge in building commercial bridges to Iran, writes Andrés Cala.

A US-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

Iran continues to harbor deep resentment toward the West and the United States, in particular. For thirty-five years now, the Iranian public has been fed a steady stream of vitriol against the "Great Satan" based on resentment of past American actions toward their country and anger at current US policies in the broader region. This has taken a toll, argues Jim Zogby.

Can Washington and Tehran Finally Escape their Pathological Past?

If the United States and Iran can begin behaving like responsible governments they have a rare opportunity to transcend a particularly nasty history with one another, stresses Juan Cole.

ISIS' Long Term Overall Strategy Imbedded within John Cantli’s 'Paradigm Shift'

ISIS is almost always ahead in its strategy that often those who have attempted to get into ISIS’s mind have failed, writes Zaher Mahruqi.

The Fire Next Time

Max Blumenthal offers an anatomy of a conflict that just won’t end and why, in particular, the Israelis are so bent on a fourth round of hostilities in Gaza.

 
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