Is the Cat Out of the Bag on Israel?

Is the Cat Out of the Bag on Israel?

Throughout the past decade, reports of Israel’s military and political atrocities are more widely disseminated than ever before, especially since the construction of the wall in the West Bank, the 2009 assault on Gaza, and the rapidly increasing settlement...

The U.S. and the Middle East: The Next Four Years

Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global. Conn Hallinan outlines and analyzes them, starting with the Middle East. Syria The most immediate problem in the region is the ongoing civil war...
A New Middle East Agenda for Obama

A New Middle East Agenda for Obama

In his first term, President Barack Obama’s vision for the Middle East failed to materialize. Because he failed to deliver on his promise to redefine America’s relationship with the Islamic world, he alienated Arabs and Muslims. Because he proved unable or...
McGovern’s Progressive Leadership on Middle East Policy

McGovern’s Progressive Leadership on Middle East Policy

Though former senator and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, who died Sunday at age 90, was best known for his opposition to the Vietnam War and his efforts in fighting world hunger, he also made a mark regarding U.S. Middle East policy. Like many...
Author Event: The Unlikely Secret Agent

Author Event: The Unlikely Secret Agent

Join us for a talk and book signing with author, anti-apartheid leader, and solidarity activist, Ronnie Kasrils. Ronnie Kasrils has served in post-apartheid South African governments as Deputy Minister of Defence, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, and Minister...
Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

Six Global Issues The Foreign Policy Debates Won’t Touch

There is no other policy arena in which the president of the United States has greater latitude than foreign affairs. With U.S. foreign policy less constrained by Congress and relatively free from the media scrutiny that attends the president’s more domestic...
What Went Unmentioned in the Vice Presidential Debate

What Went Unmentioned in the Vice Presidential Debate

What remains missing on in the v-p debate is what Israel has gained from the debate — just the debate! — over Iran. That is, as long as Israel maintains its spurious claim that Iran represents an “existential threat” to Israel, no one —...
Romney on the Middle East: Obama, but Worse

Romney on the Middle East: Obama, but Worse

Mitt Romney’s foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, while trotted out as a major rejection of the current administration’s approach to the Middle East, mostly just rehashed President Obama’s policies, albeit with more hawkish...
Romney and Ryan: Stabbing at Shadows

Romney and Ryan: Stabbing at Shadows

In an election season consumed by the sluggish U.S. economy, foreign policy has been a more marginal issue than usual in the U.S. presidential race. But when they have ventured to attack President Barack Obama’s record on global affairs, GOP nominee Mitt Romney...
A Tale of Two Speeches

A Tale of Two Speeches

Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly was as much about trying to reclaim his dwindling support among Palestinians as it was designed to outline Palestine’s intention to move for a new status at the UN. The...
Khaled Meshal and Hamas Go Their Separate Ways

Khaled Meshal and Hamas Go Their Separate Ways

The news that Hamas leader Khaled Meshal is resigning his leadership post is an ominous sign that Hamas is heading toward more confrontation with its Palestinian rival Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the near future. Meshal is reported as seeking a bigger...
African Migrants and the Israeli Apartheid Debate

African Migrants and the Israeli Apartheid Debate

The name of the neighborhood could not have been more symbolic. Located in southern Tel Aviv, the impoverished Hatikva quarter has always born the stigma of sharing a name with Israel’s national anthem, while playing home to some of the poorest, most...
Divesting from All Occupations

Divesting from All Occupations

In response to ongoing violations of international law and basic human rights by the rightist Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere, there has been a growing call for divestment of stocks in corporations supporting the...

LETTER: Which Direction for the Mideast?

To the Editor: Re “The Third Intifada Is Inevitable” (Sunday Review, June 24): Nathan Thrall raises crucial issues about the failures of the “peace process.” But he does not mention two critical points. First, while the dwindling support for...
Morals in the Age of One Superpower

Morals in the Age of One Superpower

Interjecting the consideration of moral values into foreign policy decisions is, unfortunately, often ridiculed by the political establishment of Republicans and Democrats in the United States. For instance, one supporter of Bill Clinton in 1992, Michael Mandelbaum,...