Angst in the Church of America the Redeemer

Under the circumstances, it’s easy to forget that, back in 2003, David Brooks of the New York Times and other members of the Church of America the Redeemer devoutly supported the invasion of Iraq. They welcomed war. They urged it. They did so not because Saddam Hussein was uniquely evil -- although he was evil enough -- but because they saw in such a war the means for the United States to accomplish its salvific mission, stresses Andrew J. Bacevich.

Trump’s Embattled ‘Revolution’

President Trump’s domestic “revolution” on behalf of “forgotten” Americans requires a complementary foreign policy of reduced warfare and a weaker dollar, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Sleepwalking into a New Arms Race

The West’s current hysteria about “Russian aggression” ignores the long history of real Western aggression against Russia, now underscored by plans to sharply increase spending on nuclear weapons, note Chuck Spinney and Pierre Sprey.

Is the New Administration Travel Ban Ill Conceived?

The Trump administration called the targeted seven countries failed states. However, the administration never acknowledged that, it is Washington which purposefully transformed many countries in the Middle East into failed states, observes Abbas J. Ali.

Trump Has Reminded Palestinians that it Was Always About One State

Given the huge asymmetry of power, Israel now has a free hand to entrench its existing apartheid version of the one-state solution – Greater Israel – on the Palestinians, explains Jonathan Cook.

The Changing Role of Cuba’s Arab Community

Union Arabe de Cuba now is largely a social organisation, organising cultural events and dances — everyone in Cuba seems to dance — aimed at ethnic Arabs, many of whom have intermarried and blended into the multiracial fabric of Cuban society, writes Jeffrey Sipe.

Trump’s Battle to Save Civilisation

As Europe and US become more hostile to Muslim world, immigration controls on refugees from Muslim countries are likely to grow, says Francis Ghilès.

In the Red Sea, GCC’s Military Power Blocks Iranian Expansion

The Horn of Africa is particularly important because it has a 4,000km coastline that runs from Sudan to Kenya, points out Ed Blanche.

Trump And Netanyahu: Embracing Illusions, Ignoring Reality

Regardless of what new ideas Netanyahu and Trump concocted, one thing remains certain: there is simply no other realistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict other than two independent states, Jewish and Palestinian, argues Dr.Alon Ben-Meir.

Some in the West Do See Their Role in Ravaged Arab Lands

A report released in LondonTuesdayby Transparency International (TI) said the “Islamic State” (ISIS) would only be defeated if the corrupt conditions that help it to thrive are addressed, states Rami G. Khouri.

Loving America and Resisting Trump

Now, we have a new president. And my love is gone, along with my admiration, my pride, and my secret wish to attend a state dinner and chat with the Obamas over local wine and grass-fed beef sliders, stresses Frida Berrigan.

How We Got Here

Soon after, in 1983, the military created the United States Central Command (headquarters: Tampa, Florida) with specific responsibility for the Greater Middle East. Its early war plans demonstrated just how wildly out of touch with reality American planners already were by then, explains Danny Sjursen.

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Retreat or Rout?

With President Trump’s foreign-policy team sounding a lot like President Obama’s, the new question is whether Trump has caved in to Official Washington’s powers-that-be or is biding his time for a big move, asks Gilbert Doctorow.

Trump’s ‘One-Night Stand’ Diplomacy

Despite his reputation as a deal-maker, President Trump’s first foray into the thicket of Israel-Palestine peace talks suggests he has no clue what direction to take or the long-term consequences, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Dealing with Fake News

One might ask whether fake news really is blurring facts fit to print and tweet, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Trump’s Dysfunctional White House

In less than a month, President Trump has proven many of his critics right when they warned that his erratic temperament would be a poor fit for his White House responsibilities, notes Lawrence Davidson.

The Sound of Justice’s Rushing Waters is what Really Counts

We should wait and see whether this new American administration follows all the others before it in recognizing that a two-state solution that offers Israel and Palestine equal rights is the best way to resolve this long-running conflict, says Rami G. Khouri.

The US-Arab Relationship in the "Age of Trump"

It would be a grave error for the Turmp Administration to fail to understand the connection between how they treat and are perceived to treat Arab and Muslim peoples and their ability to achieve their broader policy objectives in the Middle East, warns James J. Zogby.

Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win Oscar
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Blend of authenticity, modernity at Caftan Fashion Night
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In Iraq's desert, horror of IS mass grave lies beneath
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First English library in Gaza to open window to world
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Saving the last two survivors of Mosul zoo
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UAE dealing with drone threats to aircraft
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Film on Palestinians living in Israel faces backlash
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Mapping a Palestinian camp in Lebanon
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Bashiqa brings back booze to clear IS hangover
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Valentine's Day in eastern Mosul
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Saudi ready to host Comic-Con event
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