Tag: Middle East

Stasis Shift

April 2014

The Jadaliyya co-founder on telling alternative stories about the Arab world, understanding the life cycles of revolution, and confronting “the weight of ancient problems.”

Shaj Mathew: Poetry as Life, Life as Poetry

February 2014

Fifty years ago, Forugh Farrokhzad’s ‘Another Birth’ modernized and scandalized Iranian poetry with its radical feminine voice.

Richard Falk: The International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

January 2014

A little noted initiative by the United Nations sparks hope for a just and sustainable peace in the region.

Richard Falk: Two Forms of Lethal Polarization

November 2013

How polarization is poisoning Turkey and Egypt.

Bob Dreyfuss: A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

November 2013

Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.

Peter Van Buren: Ramblin’ Man

November 2013

John Kerry is a figure of his times (and that’s not a good thing).

Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t Stop

October 2013

The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.

Dilip Hiro: A World in Which No One Is Listening to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

October 2013

Dilip Horo writes about America’s impotence in front of the deepening quagmire in the Middle East.

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

September 2013

Congress has an opportunity to debate and reconsider decades of foreign policy, but don’t get your hopes up about it.

Nick Turse: Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

May 2013

Lethality beyond the pale.

Lara Baladi: Alone, Together

January 2013

A video artist draws on news footage, historical videos, Fela Kuti, Slavoj Žižek, Lewis Carroll, and others to reflect on Tahrir Square two years after #Jan25.

Richard Falk: An Early Assessment of the Gaza Ceasefire

November 2012

The recent Gaza ceasefire may be a turning point in the long Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Andrew Bacevich: Boykinism

September 2012

Joe McCarthy would understand today’s Islamophobia.

Nora Connor: The Myth of the Muslim Tide and the Search for the Moderate

September 2012

Doug Saunders’s new book fights fears about “the Islamization of America” with historical and sociological fact, but slippery terminology gets in the way.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

September 2012

Bernstein was paid $12,000 for remarks in which he challenged the State Department to show evidence the Mujahadin-e Khalq should still be designated a terrorist organization.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Maurice Chammah: Egypt’s Military Kitsch

July 2012

As Egypt’s first civilian president assumes his role, it’s unclear how much political power the nation’s generals will wield.

Randa Jarrar: Imagining Myself in Palestine

May 2012

On a recent trip to Israel, Randa Jarrar gets detained, denied entry, and sent to the “Arab Room.”

Richard Falk: Charles Taylor and Selective Criminal Accountability

May 2012

While the United States advocates for international criminal justice, it may be ignoring human rights abuses closer to home.

Rafia Zakaria: The Retired Terrorist

May 2012

Before Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, he was locked in a house for five months with three wives and over a dozen children.

Gal Beckerman: The DNA of the Israeli-American Jewish Relationship

March 2012

Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Richard Falk: The Ordeal of Hana Shalabi

March 2012

Hana Shalabi continues her historic hunger strike to protest abuse that she experienced and her objections to the Israeli practice of prolonged detention without charges, without trial.

From Habibi, a graphic novel

September 2011

Zam, a refugee slave, has become separated from Dodola. He searches the desert and the city to find her. Starving and desperate, he meets a eunuch. . .

Meakin Armstrong: Egypt and the American Fever Dream

February 2011

For over 30 years, we gave Egypt the shaft, because it was in our national interest to do so. Now it’s time for Egypt to find out where its own interests are, without a strongman leading the way. The country has a difficult and terrible road to walk.

Nazi Sheikhs

May 2010

The polemicist discusses Tariq Ramadan’s love of extremist sheikhs, Islamism’s ties to Hitler, and the intellectual confusion of liberal journalists.

Coming to Amreeka

September 2009

The filmmaker on her feel-good (sort of) movie, Palestinians in the Windy City, and how personal experiences can trump political arguments.