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.

Trump Takes on Iran’s Missile Threats

Unlike the United States, which is beyond reach of Iran’s growing missile arsenal, Arab Gulf countries are exposed to even Iran’s short-range ballistic weapons, explains Ed Blanche.

Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War

The West’s vast propaganda machine has pulled in many formerly respectable groups, such as Amnesty International, which just released a dubious “human rights” report aimed at stoking the war in Syria, reports Rick Sterling.

Assad Likely to Ride Out Mass Executions Allegations

With no government willing to directly address war crimes problem, it is unlikely that Assad’s regime will soon be prosecuted, argues Ed Blanche.

Iraq’s New Ministers more of the Same Mould

Whoever holds Defence portfolio will likely be ineffectual Sunni who can be easily shunted aside, stresses Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Trump Feels his Way Through Syria’s Labyrinth

The Trump administration is also unclear about what kind of relationship it wants with Damascus. Will it actively engage, as George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton did when they were in the White House, or will it only tap dance with the Syrians — coordinating closely but with no touching, as Barack Obama did in 2009-11? Asks Sami Moubayed.

Deciphering Trump’s Opaque Foreign Policy

President Trump has set loose several competing – and contradictory – strands of foreign policy with the big question now whether he can avoid tripping himself up, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

Recent US foreign policy – driven by neocons and liberal hawks – has spread chaos and death around the globe. But can “crazy” Donald Trump bring sanity to how the US approaches the world, asks Robert Parry.

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