Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail

“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Fox News host Jeanine Pirro said on her show Saturday. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” That insidious piece of Islamophobic innuendo, referring to the head covering worn by Rep. Ilhan Omar […]

War Averted. What Now for Kashmir?

We are back to crass, self-interested politics in South Asia. What a relief. After a week on the brink of war between two nuclear-armed nations, political backbiting seems almost entertaining. But the world cannot afford to go back to business-as-usual, ignoring the Kashmir issue that sparked this confrontation and three previous conflicts. The fact the two sides are back […]

New Delhi and Islamabad Don’t Want Fire and Fury (Foreignpolicy.com)

As hostilities between India and Pakistan escalate, leaders in both countries are very aware of the risks of a nuclear catastrophe. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK  | FEBRUARY 27, 2019, 5:04 PM   Pakistan reported on Wednesday that it had downed two Indian jet fighters and captured one of the pilots, whom it paraded before TV cameras. India claims […]

Trump has U.S. Poised on the Edge of a Mideast Abyss (The Daily Beast)

DUBAI—It was a hell of a week in the Middle East. It began with Saudi Arabia and its friends imposing the modern equivalent of a feudal siege on tiny Qatar. Next came an assault on the Iranian parliament and a suicide bombing at the Tehran tomb of the man whose followers pioneered the tactic, both […]

The Trump Administration’s Islamophobic Holy Grail (Foreignpolicy.com)

It is the holy grail of the anti-Islam lobby: the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a “foreign terrorist organization” (FTO) by the U.S. government. The move could mean open season on American Muslims, cripple U.S. policy in the Muslim world and have implications for American domestic politics. Officials in President Donald Trump’s administration are […]

The Spark that Lit the War on Terror (ForeignPolicy.com)

(Sept. 30, 2016) It all seemed so easy back then. When American Marines landed in Beirut 34 years ago this month, they came, as their commander put it, “to help our Lebanese friends.” The problem was, friends can be fickle. The Reagan administration saw white hats and back hats in Lebanon, when in fact, they […]