How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

How a Persian Gulf Security Agreement Could Serve U.S. Interests

By Shahed Ghoreishi March 5, 2018 At the Munich Security Conference in February, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif repeated his administration’s proposal to engage Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors with the goal of creating a Persian Gulf Security Agreement. Originally published by Lobe Log here. According to Zarif, the talks for such an agreement would be […]

Israel Plans a New War in Syria – But Not for the Reasons It Claims

Israel Plans a New War in Syria – But Not for the Reasons It Claims

By Gareth Porter Via truth-out.org A portion of Golan is currently occupied by Israel, which took it from Syria in 1967. It was annexed by Israel in 1981 and populated with Israeli settlers roughly equal in numbers to its original Syrian population. Israel has expressed the fear that Syria’s recent moves could threaten Israel’s occupation in Golan. IDF Chief of Staff […]

Academic and cultural people tell “the world” to drop law and destroy Syria’s government

Academic and cultural people tell “the world” to drop law and destroy Syria’s government

  By Jan Oberg The New York Review of Books has published an Open Letter headlined “The World Must Act Now on Syria”  – and about 200 people from the world of culture and academia, from Syria and the rest of the world, have signed. It’s also published by PulseMedia here – on February 27, […]

Marcus Papadopoulos on what East Ghouta is really about

Marcus Papadopoulos on what East Ghouta is really about

  By Jan Oberg Right after the very heavy fighting about East Ghouta and the UN Security Council’s ceasefire resolution, Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos is given what must be perceived as a very rare opportunity by a mainstream media  – skyNews Australia – to present a completely different perspective. You do not have to agree with […]

Painting an Israeli Attack on Syria as Israeli ‘Retaliation’ – And the Golan Height Dimensions

Painting an Israeli Attack on Syria as Israeli ‘Retaliation’ – And the Golan Height Dimensions

  Reuters, Vice and LA Times write about Israeli “retaliation.”   By Gregory Shupak February 21, 2018   Originally published by FAIR – Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting here Israel claimed that it intercepted an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10; Iran denied that it had a drone there. Israel then bombed […]

Putin prefers Aramco to Trump’s sword dance

Putin prefers Aramco to Trump’s sword dance

Hardly 10 months after honoring the visiting US president, the Saudis are open to a Russian-Chinese consortium investing in the upcoming Aramco IPO*   By M. K. Bhadrakumar February 16, 2018 In the slideshow that is Middle Eastern politics, the series of still images seldom add up to make an enduring narrative. And the probability […]

Syria’s Wars: A New Dynamic

Syria’s Wars: A New Dynamic

  By Paul Rogers February 15, 2018 • The Israel-Iran antagonism risks fusing with the Russia-United States one.       Israel’s aerial strike against Iranian and regime targets in Syria on 10 February reinforces concern that a new front is opening in the Middle East’s many-sided conflicts.The risk of outright confrontation between Israel and […]

Syria’s War Has Never Been More International

Syria’s War Has Never Been More International

    By Uri Friedman   The next phase of a seven-year conflict has begun.   Consider the stunning events that have occurred in the last three weeks alone: Last month, Turkey, with Russian approval, launched a military offensive in northwestern Syria against Kurdish fighters it views as terrorists and America views as counterterrorism allies. […]

The widening Saudi-Iran divide

The widening Saudi-Iran divide

  By Seyed Hossein Mousavian The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran marks a deepening division between regional powers and international hegemons in the Persian Gulf. The Saudis and Iranians have to learn to cooperate or risk further confrontation.   Via thecairoreview.com New regional and international coalitions are forming with respect to the Middle East […]

A Rare Glimpse into the Inner Workings of the American Empire in the Middle East

A Rare Glimpse into the Inner Workings of the American Empire in the Middle East

The U.S. foreign policy elite still wants the Middle East for its oil and its strategic location. By Edward Hunt, January 19, 2018. Originally published by Foreign Policy In Focus here • In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the […]