On January 27th an old woman named Concepion Picciotto died in Washington, D.C. Most people probably do not recognize her name, but if you ever visited the White House in the last 3 decades you probably saw her camped outside on Pennsylvania Avenue, even if you don’t remember. About two weeks ago I went to … More Waiting for PeaceDoes Peace Have a Time Limit?
August 6 marked the second American Presidential Primary debate for the Republican party, an event that promised to be full of interesting (read: highly questionable) soundbites, particularly on American foreign policy in the Middle East. The candidates did not disappoint, sharing their (scary) views on the future of the Islamic State aka Daesh; how to … More MENA Viewpoints: USA Presidential Primaries Debate (R) #1
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”
This is the third year in a row that I’ve written my sarcastic predictions/resolutions for the Middle East. Either these nations’ governments are not listening to me or making resolutions is not a regional tradition because I seem to be repeating myself! 2014 was no better than 2013 on issues of peace, and with the emergence … More 2015 Predictions for the Middle East
I always like to do a visual post every year to show how Christmas is celebrated in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the region’s Christians have suffered a terrible year, with Syria’s Christians and Iraq’s Christian population forced to flee their respective countries due to the Syrian Civil War and the emergence of the Islamic State. Fun … More The Christmas Season in the Middle East
World War I, which started 100 years ago, was started because an Archduke got shot by a crazy guy in Sarajevo. The 2014 Attack on Gaza by Israel started after 3 Israeli boys were kidnapped and killed-by who it is still unclear. Even if Hamas did kidnap the boys, Hamas is not the Palestinian government, just … More Where is the Holiness in the Holy Land? Gaza Under Attack
2013 proved to be yet another turbulent and dramatic year for the nations of the Middle East. Protesters have continued to keep the area volatile; the Syrian Civil War has continued to shed blood and uproot its citizens and it appears, reflecting back on my past years’ resolutions for the Middle East, that none of … More Predictions and Resolutions for the Middle East: 2014
In light of the holidays I have put together a post celebrating Christmas in the Middle East. Islam is always associated as the de facto religion of the Middle East, a way of unifying the countries which is useful but I ultimately find this dissatisfying, because it negates the presence of Christians (and Jews!) in … More Christmas in the Middle East
The situation in Syria is growing worse and worse, excellent case of foreign policy run amok, at least on behalf of the United States of America. Here, a look at the situation in an international affairs context. The “Right to Protect,” or R2P, is a concept in international diplomacy that details that one country can … More R2P in Syria leads to….WW3?
The very title of Eran Riklis’ 2004 film The Syrian Bride shows the rebellion and confusion that are central to this film. Firstly, there is the question of the ‘Syrian’ nationality: Mona, the bride, comes from a Druze family in the Golan Heights, an area currently occupied by Israel; by Israeli and legal views she is considered … More Film: The Syrian Bride