Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

What has caused the sudden massive influx of Syrian refugees in Europe? Was it the warmer summer months, which made risking a passage by rickety boat across the Mediterranean more inviting? Is it the fact that the situation has grown worse in Syria, as Bashar Al-Assad’s regime seems to be losing steam against rebels and IS, and the … More Do Syrian Refugees in Hungary Have the Luxury of Choice?

Iran, Turkey and Trying to Make Friends with “Terrorists”

It is not uncommon for political enemies to end up becoming allies. Middle Eastern politics are at a historic juncture right now, with long-standing alliances being shaken up and new deals being brokered between fervent enemies. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 incorporates the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, informally known as the Iran nuclear deal, into international law, finally opening up … More Iran, Turkey and Trying to Make Friends with “Terrorists”

Power Players in the Middle East: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Determining who has the biggest influence is a selective process that, no matter how neutral one tries to be, ends up being biased. Forbes recently released all manner of “Most Powerful People of 2012” lists, and the general criteria seems to be money: CEO’s and business leaders abound, although the majority of those who aren’t … More Power Players in the Middle East: Who’s In, Who’s Out

Seriousness in Syria

The situation in Syria has no doubt escalated beyond what anyone  imagined: it’s been nearly a year since the rioting began, and yet the al-Assad Regime is still in place. What makes the situation even stranger is that no one is stepping in to help. When the situation in Libya got ugly-i.e., Gaddafi refused to … More Seriousness in Syria