June is the Cruelest Month By Barry Rubin * May 17, 2009

From Gloria-Centre.Org You are welcome to post or forward to others but please include a link to this site. Anyone not linking to this site will be considered to have acted improperly, except with written permission. April, wrote T.S. Elliott, is the cruelest month of all. But for hopes of peace, freedom, and moderation in the Middle East, June will play that role this year. In Iran, Ahmadinejad backed by the spiritual guide is about to be Continue Reading

Don’t Just Take My Word for It: Arab Moderates Warn About Mistaken Western Policies

From Gloria-Centre.Org You are welcome to post or forward to others but please include a link to this site. Anyone not linking to this site will be considered to have acted improperly, except with written permission What do moderate Arabs think about what Westerners think about the Middle East? Usually, such matters are raised only in private conversation with those of long acquaintance in whom the speaker has personal trust. But now we have Continue Reading

Will Iran Get an American October Surprise?

From Gloria-Centre.Org You are welcome to post or forward to others but please include a link to this site. Anyone not linking to this site will be considered to have acted improperly, except with written permission There's an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal that merits serious consideration. According to the article--which is obviously based on direct information from administration sources--the Obama administration intends to Continue Reading

Israel Seeks Justice; AP Makes Propaganda

From Gloria-Centre.Org You are welcome to post or forward to others but please include a link to this site. Anyone not linking to this site will be considered to have acted improperly, except with written permission Every week I write a column on AP coverage of the Middle East and every week I am appalled anew at the profound and omnipresent bias in the coverage. I am not looking to bash the AP. On the contrary, when I find something fair and Continue Reading

Realism Must Be Realistic: Why So Many People Who Should Know Better Don’t Understand Middle East Politics

From Gloria Centre You are welcome to post or forward to others but please include a link to this site. Anyone not linking to this site will be considered to have acted improperly, except with written permission I'm a Realist. In international affairs, Realists are people who believe that countries act according to their interests. But who decides the interests in dictatorships? Answer: The ruling regimes. And those interests are defined Continue Reading

The Peace Process Industry’s Going to Get You–And Your Little Country,Too! By Barry Rubin May 11, 2009

From Gloria-Centre.Org From ghoulies and ghosties And long-legged beasties, things that go bump in the night, And people with Middle East peace plans Plus those with degrees in Conflict Management Good Lord, deliver us! --Middle East update of old Cornish prayer Putting your hard-earned political capital into the peace process industry is like investing with Bernie Madoff. It may look like a good prospect on the Continue Reading