The Opportunity and Peril for the U.S. in Egypt’s Rebirth (The Seattle Times)

(Feb. 4, 2011) “The birth pangs of a new Middle East.” That was how then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described Israeli bombing of Beirut during the 2006 war with the Shiite militia Hezbollah, which left more than 1,000 dead. Arab television juxtaposed that quote with a photo of a newborn baby, torn from its mother’s womb […]

The Princess and the Facebook Girl (Arab Media & Society)

Issue 5, Spring 2008 Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a beautiful princess. Hers was a fairytale existence of spectacular palaces and footmen with gleaming swords and, of course, a handsome prince. But this princess was sad, for the voices of her people were but a whisper. It was […]

Middle East Heading for a New Cold War? (Arab News)

CAIRO, 20 January 2007 — Bush administration efforts to forge a US-Arab alliance against Iran are threatening to produce a new Middle East Cold War, with dangerous implications for regional stability, US interests and American lives.Condoleezza Rice was in the region this week to lay the foundations for a united front with key Arab states […]

Cairo Ignores U.S. Request to Pull Plug on Jihadi TV in Iraq (CJR.org)

(Jan. 4, 2007) Sunni-Shia power politics and U.S.-Egyptian relations are at the center of a dispute over a satellite television station that is the latest weapon in the arsenal of Iraq’s insurgents. Al-Zawraa, an Iraq-based television version of the jihadi Web sites, is being broadcast across the Arab world by Nilesat, a satellite provider answerable […]

The Middle East: It’s all just too darned complicated (Daily News Egypt/Turkish Daily News)

First Published: October 2, 2006 Memo: To Arabs and Muslims Re: The Middle East It’s your own fault. That’s right, the Bush administration can’t be held responsible for the mess they have made of the Middle East. You Arabs and Muslims are to blame. How can anyone be expected to develop a policy for this […]

Future History: A Glimpse of What U.S. Lebanon Policy Could Spawn (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Thursday, August 3, 2006 by CommonDreams.org It is very likely that the world will look back at the summer of 2006 as a seminal moment in Middle East history. We may well be seeing, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, “the birth pangs of a new Middle East.” But it is also […]

Lebanon: Black and White and Dead All Over (Arab News)

Tuesday 25 July 2006 (28 Jumada al-Thani 1427) Once more, US Marines are on Lebanese soil. Once more, Israeli jets are pounding Beirut and its tanks are in south Lebanon. Once more, the powers-that-be in Washington see black hats and white hats in a region where everyone wears gray. The inevitable result: More terrorism, a […]

Caught between Iraq and the hard guys (The Daily Star Lebanon)

February 28, 2006 The visit to the Middle East last week by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza  Rice brought with it another reminder that American Middle East policy is firmly  wedged between Iraq and the hard guys. There were never any easy answers to the Middle East morass, complicated  further by the recent outbreak of […]

U.S. Middle East policy: Between Iraq and the hard guys (Daily News Egypt)

First Published: February 23, 2006 This week’s visit to the region by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brings with it another reminder that U.S. Middle East policy is firmly wedged between Iraq and the hard guys. There were never any easy answers to the Middle East morass. Washington’s drunken lurching in search of exactly that […]

Toward a Self-Interested U.S. Policy on Palestine (CommonDreams.com)

Published on Tuesday, November 9, 2004 by CommonDreams.org The death of the father of Palestinian nationalism. The re-election of a U.S. president widely reviled in the Middle East. A confluence of events that would seem to portend disaster for the Palestinian cause and a new wave of antipathy for the U.S. But in a strangely […]