When we set up Think Peace online, we envisioned ourselves as a small independent peace group that would concentrate on its relevant message of the week based on the group’s analysis of international developments and thus did not think that we would get too much attention or have adversaries who would want to hack us.
Along the way, our site was hacked a number of times, by simple hackers – seeking to push various political messages.
However, in 2014 at a time when the site was far less active – as we were concentrating on the same work elsewhere – it was “hacked hugely”.
Against this reality, all the criticism of President Obama concerning his minimalist approach toward the region seems misplaced… the president’s instincts on the politics of the region are largely correct. When people are engaged in high-stakes struggles over basic questions of identity, citizenship and nationalism, it is up to them and their leaders to discover a formula that will make their societies successful. (more…)
A Yazidi politician broke down in tears during a parliament session as she urged the government and the international community to save her community from(self labeled) “Islamic State” fighters who have overrun the region. (more…)
The Arab world is in turmoil. The Arab Spring, which raised hopes and dreams for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, is turning into a cold winter.
Iran and the United States should overcome their differences to lead the international community in helping prevent further state collapse within the Arab world. (more…)
Prominent Jews and Palestinians and others stand for Palestine in this heartbreaking video with Jonathan Demme, Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner, Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair, Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat and many others. (more…)
We have reached a watershed moment for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Some in Washington continue to play politics with good policy, but for the American people, this is a no-brainer: work the diplomatic process or get into another bloody and expensive war in the Middle East? Put boots on the ground (again) or keep nuclear inspectors in Iran?
Diplomacy has already reaped benefits: it has increased U.S. security while avoiding another war. (more…)