Apr. 21, 2017
Ready for another war?
It’s clear that Donald Trump’s first hundred days haven’t turned out to be the walk in the park he envisioned. The most spectacularly unqualified and intellectually disabled leader ever freely chosen by any people on earth — that’s us, friends — can’t hide his scowl of frustration whenever he sits down for the obligatory photo op with visiting dignitaries. Otherwise, he retreats into Twitter-world, or his gated fortress at Mar-a-Lago. The most photographed person in the history of the world has suddenly become the least visible.
May. 1, 2015
Fighting for Assyrian-American identity
When I was a little girl, I wanted to name my future child Isis, but as the terrorist group ISIS continues to wipe out the population and rich cultural history of the indigenous Assyrian communities of Northern Iraq, I can’t find a way to make that tasteful anymore.
Oct. 10, 2014
Oil prices on surprising decline
Oil prices declined by 16 percent since the June high. Why are oil prices declining? What’s the role in the decline? While the oil price has fundamental and political components, are the Saudis trying to hit both? Has Saudi Arabia become more pivotal economically and politically and taken too much risk?
Sep. 26, 2014
Congress launches US into war
Two ships passed in the night in the past week. More than 400,000 people marched in New York to dramatize the ecological disaster already upon us in advance of the UN climate summit, and millions more marched across the globe. A couple of hundred miles away, Congress voted to authorize and fund a new war in Iraq and Syria by margins of 319-108 in the Republican-controlled House and 78-22 in the Democratic-led Senate.
Jul. 11, 2014
Iraq: ‘the garden of forking paths’
On June 29, the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria declared that it had established a caliphate and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, its erstwhile leader, would from now on be known as Caliph Ibrahim and serve as Emir al-Mu’minin, or the commander of the faithful. Al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State cleverly tapped into the lack of political maturity and inexperience of the contemporary ruling cliques in Iraq and Syria, which are universally disliked within and outside the Islamic world.
Jul. 11, 2014
Back to Baghdad: the ISIS crisis
So, let’s see. We are asking our declared enemy in the Middle East to help prop up the puppet government we created for its benefit to push back an army we also brought into being, and which is now financed by our chief Arab ally.