A pandemic of fear

A pandemic of fear

By Jonathan Power April 7, 2020 Let’s get death in proportion. True, Coronavirus is an appalling disease but the number of deaths it has caused this year is far lower than deaths caused by either common flue, car accidents, drug-taking, alcoholism or cigarette smoking.  Governments don’t like these things and make an effort to combat […]

Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to the US bloc

Why the New Silk Roads are a ‘threat’ to the US bloc

Photo: Facebook/AsiaTimes The Middle East is the key to wide-ranging, economic, interlinked integration, and peace February 16, 2020 By Pepe Escobar Under the cascading roar of the 24/7 news cycle cum Twitter eruptions, it’s easy for most of the West, especially the US, to forget the basics about the interaction of Eurasia with its western […]

European policy on Iran is a disaster

European policy on Iran is a disaster

By Jonathan Power December 11, 2019 The Europeans have not done well in countering President Donald Trump’s onslaught on Iran. When Trump unilaterally decided that the US should withdraw from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, which committed Iran to winding down its nuclear research in return for the West, Russia and China (the latter two […]

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

By Conn M. Hallinan November 27, 2019 The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may […]

Why many Muslims hate the West

Why many Muslims hate the West

By Dr. William R. Polk June 27, 2019 Exclusive: Many Americans and Westerners are baffled by the violent rage expressed by many Muslims, but the reasons for their anger are real, deriving from a “deep history” of anti-Islamic wars and colonial exploitation of the Middle East, as ex-U.S. diplomat William R. Polk describes. Originally published by […]

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

Photo: March 20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House in Washington. (Photo credit: voanews.com).   By Emile Nakhleh* November 30, 2018 The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it […]

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

Photo: James Jeffrey – Special Representative for Syria Engagement in the United States (Hudson Institute via Flickr)   By Paul R. Pillar September 19, 2018 Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign […]