Middle East

Crimean war

It is sometimes instructive to learn a bit of history to reflect on current events because if we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat the tragic history of useless wars.  This came to me as I read about the escalating situation in Ukraine, where the US […]

Saudi Arabia’s “Stalingrad”

The problems of Islamic countries have long been high on the agenda of global politics and the international media.  The crisis there continues to grow, drawing in new countries and regions.  If it reaches Saudi Arabia – the most influential country in the Arab world – what then? Will the […]

Intrigues at Geneva II

“The idea of Montreux” – the idea of engaging in a peace process and national dialog in Syria under international mediation – died before it could be born.  A nasty intrigue, involving the UN Secretary-General and the employment of such petty chicaneries as delaying the airplane carrying the Syrian delegation […]

Return of Al-Qaeda

How did al-Qaeda, a tiny anti-Communist group in Afghanistan that had no more than 200 active members in 2001 become a supposed worldwide threat? How can al-Qaeda be all over the Mideast, North Africa, and now much of black Africa? This after the US spent over $1 trillion trying to […]