U.S. policy should emphasize direct diplomacy to negotiate a ceasefire with all sides including Syrian President Bashar Assad, but direct military intervention will lead to more bloodshed and Obama fighting on the side of an Al-Qaeda affiliated organization.
Phyllis Bennis and Shir Hever discuss the timing of the talks, U.S and European interests in resuming them, and the imbalanced power between the negotiating sides
Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East negotiations are doomed to the same failure as the 22 years of failed diplomacy that precedes them.
Are zombies the key to peace between Israel and Palestine?
What the civil war in Syria and the Arab Spring have exposed is that the massive political and social transformation and real regime change underway is led by the people themselves, largely without military force and certainly with no role for the United States. U.S. military involvement serves only to escalate the destruction.
A resolution to that end may be just sound and fury.
Hawking's boycott of Israel will shake Israeli public the way sports boycott affected South Africa.
Syria has become the weak leg of its tripod with Iran and Hezbollah.
Washington sanctions North Korea and Iran while bolstering its own nuclear arsenal and turning a blind eye to Israel's.
The United States must oppose the occupation and settlements, and support a Palestinian right to freedom, equality and statehood.