Israel has Egypt over a barrel

By David Hearst   Lop-sided natural resource deals Egypt signed with Israel under Mubarak have cost the country billions and left the people struggling with daily shortages. Now Sisi’s ascendancy to Egypt’s presidency clears the way for more. It took the US Central Intelligence Agency 60 years to admit its involvement in the 1953 overthrow of Mohammad…

Who won Iraq?

By Tom Engelhardt   As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002. At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to president George W Bush (later identified…

Palestine’s future: What are the options?

By Richard Falk     Where differences seem irreconcilable, the common call is ‘to think outside the box’.   An Israeli military checkpoint in the old city in Hebron, West Bank [Getty Images] For years, influential thought about Palestine has almost exclusively considered variations on the theme of a two-state solution. US Secretary of State…

Iraq’s Next PM? Ahmed Chalabi Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials As Malaki Falters

  June 21, 2014 “ICH” – “DN“- –    The New York Times revealed the U.S. ambassador in Iraq, Robert Beecroft, and the State Department’s top official in Iraq, Brett McGurk, recently met with the controversial Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi , who has been described as a potential candidate to replace al-Maliki. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In other news from Iraq,…

Egypt: A new dawn for autocracy

  Francois-Marie Arouet, better known by his nom de plume, Voltaire, is often attributed as having said: “I disagree with every word you utter but will defend to the death your right to say it.” In fact, the remarks came from Evelyn Beatrice Hall, an English author describing Voltaire’s passion for freedom of speech. Freedom of speech…

Egypt’s kangaroo courts

  Al Jazeera journalists (L-R) Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed stand behind bars at a court in Cairo, May 15, 2014.  (photo by REUTERS) Last week, Wael Metwally, my new business partner, texted at 11 a.m., saying, “Apparently I have been sentenced to 15 years in absentia despite being in attendance in court,” before being promptly arrested…