Rival militia groups are engaged in increasingly bloody fighting, and fires rage in central Tripoli, but the world’s powers have no interest in putting out the fires or halting the violence. (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…)
Can we not be sad together at what that beautiful old dream of Jewish redemption has come to? Can we not grieve the death of innocents? I am sad these days. Can we not at least mourn together? (more…)
Israel seeks security, but Palestinians are after security as well as some perspective for a better life. In the absence of any hope that life can improve for Palestinians, we need not look for a change in the cycle of hopelessness and thus violence – as also mutual insecurity. (more…)
President Obama has made it clear over and over again the increasing sanctions on Iran during the negotiations will undermine diplomacy and take us down the path to war. Over the next few days representatives in Congress will be looking at legislation to increase sanctions – we need to let them know now that they must stand with the President and support diplomacy. Will you add your name to the petition on the left? (more…)
From panic to outright loathing and intolerance, the atmosphere in the Israel of Operation Protective Edge is very different than that during previous military operations.
All the seeds of the incitement of the past few years, all the nationalistic, racist legislation and the incendiary propaganda, the scare campaigns and the subversion of democracy by the right-wing camp – all these have borne fruit, and that fruit is rank and rotten. (more…)
With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord proceeding on, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process.
To be effective, such a plan would have to involve clear guidance to companies made wary by U.S. fines for sanctions-busting, be reversible and not go too far… (more…)