U.S. Middle East Policy: Too many challenges and yet a single theme

From Gloria-Centre.Org U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY: TOO MANY CHALLENGES AND YET A SINGLE THEME By Barry Rubin * The Obama administration faces an enormous number of challenges in the Middle East each of which has its separate roots and requirements. Yet throughout these conflicts runs a single theme: the battle between an Iran-led coalition and other states, along with the overlapping battles of Islamists versus nationalists, and sometimes of Continue Reading

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

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

Mideast’s Christians Losing Numbers and Sway

From NY Times Christians used to be a vital force in the Middle East. They dominated Lebanon and filled top jobs in the Palestinian movement. In Egypt, they were wealthy beyond their number. In Iraq, they packed the universities and professions. Across the region, their orientation was a vital link to the West, a counterpoint to prevailing trends. But as Pope Benedict XVI wends his way across the Holy Land this week, he is addressing a Continue Reading

Russia plays up its international role – especially in Mideast peace

From CS Monitor Russia is moving to reassert its role in the Middle East – and in particular in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process – as President Obama prepares to receive principal leaders in the conflict at the White House in the coming weeks. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chaired a special meeting Monday of the United Nations Security Council that endorsed the idea of holding a Middle East peace conference in Moscow this year. Continue Reading

Signs Point Toward ‘Cataclysmic’ War in Middle East

From News Max A former top American intelligence official agrees with a Messianic pastor that major and possibly calamitous events will unfold in the Middle East in the coming year. “I think within 12 months something is going to happen, one way or another,” said retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who served as deputy undersecretary of defense for Intelligence from 2003 to 2007. His concerns are echoed by best-selling novelist Joel C. Continue Reading