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Jamal Doumani Samuel R. Berger and Stephen J. Hadley were at one time influential honchos in the White House, both as national security advisers, respectively to President Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Both these worthies operate out of think tanks now. And both have an idea they want to share with you,...

Bikram Vohra   It is one of the ironies of violence and strife that huge numbers of dead and dying don’t count. The world takes it in its stride and the casualties become meaningless as we have just seen in Gaza. Tut-tuts of sympathy and regret are the general response as the brain short circuits from sensory overload. But individual tragedies resonate so dramatically...

Jason A Johnson Only luck and real courage at 14 nuclear reactors on Japan’s Pacific coast overcame the technical failures of nuclear power and prevented the nation from being destroyed by radiation. The untold story of March 11, 2011 is how close Japan came to three more spent fuel pool fires at Fukushima Daiichi and four meltdowns at Fukushima Daini. When the magnitude...

Massoumeh Torfeh The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced on August 22 that an audit of 63 percent of the ballot boxes of the second round of presidential elections in Afghanistan has been completed, and that the adjudication process would begin on August 25. The race is close between the winner of the first round, Abdullah Abdullah, who garnered 45...

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed Extremism has reached unprecedented level in the present time. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, renamed Islamic State (IS), which has assumed frightening proportions, is now not only threatening the United States and Arab governments but also terrorizing other extremist outfits. It has particularly declared a war against the Surooris, members...

Samah Sabawi Reporters from major western news networks in the US and elsewhere, seem to mostly approach Palestinians in order to do what they call a “human story”. That seems to be the parmeter that defines the limited space we are allowed to occupy within the public narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Our “human story” often consists...

Richard Falk   The United States has supported Israel without reservations since its founding in 1948. According to an agreement between the two countries, that has become a law in the US, the US has committed itself to preserve Israel’s strategic and military superiority in relation to other countries in the Middle East. From 1949 till today, the US has provided...

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi A remarkable journalist once said it perfectly. “You are the ones who have let readers down,” he said as he stood up between the thousands of journalists attending the international press conference just like himself. The man accused newspapers of repeatedly stating the obvious in their headlines, creating a kind of lull in a vital and long-standing...

David Miliband Africa is changing dramatically, and so are outsiders’ attitudes toward it, with the US finally seeming determined to catch up with China, Europe, and India in their interest in the continent. US President Barack Obama’s recent summit with 40 African heads of state and more than 200 US and African business leaders suggests a new, more confident mood....

Osama Al Sharif The almost impossible task of salvaging Iraq has begun along two distinct, but interconnected, courses: Political and military. Last week’s decision by former Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to withdraw his candidacy for a third term as head of the Iraqi government has paved the way for the launching of a fresh political process aimed at national reconciliation....

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