Israel’s Puppy, Tony Blair

By MARWAN BISHARA   You’ve got to admire Tony Blair’s tenacity. Despite his terrible failures in Iraq and with the Palestinian Authority, the former British prime minister continues to pontificate about the Middle East’s ills and cures. Seven years after he was appointed as the special envoy for the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers (the…

More Egyptian Injustice

  Alarming Convictions of Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt   The conviction of three journalists by an Egyptian court on Monday for doing their jobs is the latest effort by the country’s military-backed rulers to crush all dissent. The alarming verdict sends a chilling and intimidating message not just to other journalists working in the country but…

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,…