Against this reality, all the criticism of President Obama concerning his minimalist approach toward the region seems misplaced… the president’s instincts on the politics of the region are largely correct. When people are engaged in high-stakes struggles over basic questions of identity, citizenship and nationalism, it is up to them and their leaders to discover a formula that will make their societies successful. (more…)
A Yazidi politician broke down in tears during a parliament session as she urged the government and the international community to save her community from(self labeled) “Islamic State” fighters who have overrun the region. (more…)
The Arab world is in turmoil. The Arab Spring, which raised hopes and dreams for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, is turning into a cold winter.
Iran and the United States should overcome their differences to lead the international community in helping prevent further state collapse within the Arab world. (more…)
Prominent Jews and Palestinians and others stand for Palestine in this heartbreaking video with Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner, Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair, Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat and many others. (more…)
We have reached a watershed moment for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Some in Washington continue to play politics with good policy, but for the American people, this is a no-brainer: work the diplomatic process or get into another bloody and expensive war in the Middle East? Put boots on the ground (again) or keep nuclear inspectors in Iran?
Diplomacy has already reaped benefits: it has increased U.S. security while avoiding another war. (more…)
Can we not be sad together at what that beautiful old dream of Jewish redemption has come to? Can we not grieve the death of innocents? I am sad these days. Can we not at least mourn together? (more…)
Israel seeks security, but Palestinians are after security as well as some perspective for a better life. In the absence of any hope that life can improve for Palestinians, we need not look for a change in the cycle of hopelessness and thus violence – as also mutual insecurity. (more…)