Open Season on Journalists in the Middle East (CJR.org)

The pen may be “mightier than the sword,” but in recent years, the sword has left a trail of spilled ink – and blood. It is time for an international law banning targeted attacks on the media. (Aug. 1, 2006) After the carnage of this past weekend in the Middle East, two previous incidents seemed […]

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 […]

Arab Media in the Vortex (Journal of Transnational Broadcasting Studies)

(Winter 2005) “Anyone who tells you they are not scared silly is lying,” retired Annahar publisher Ghassan Tueni, the living symbol of Lebanese media independence, said in mid-autumn as we sat in his office overlooking Beirut’s port and newly reborn downtown. “We built this glass tower as a symbol of the new Lebanon. Now it […]

Lessons of Beirut Lost in Baghdad (Detroit Free Press)

Published on Thursday, October 23, 2003 by the Detroit Free Press It all seemed so simple. Send in U.S. forces. Free and protect the local population. Install a pro-Western government acceptable to all factions. Build a wider Middle East peace. Then depart to the cheers of a grateful citizenry. But President Ronald Reagan’s encounter with […]

It’s the Policy, Stupid: Muslim Antipathy Driven Home by Latest White House Comments (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 by CommonDreams.org Once again American strategic interests in the Islamic world have been sucker-punched by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and much of the U.S. body politic remains oblivious to the fact that they are even in the fight. President Bush’s defense of Israel’s attack on Syria in the wake of […]

Bush, Bali & the Beirut Connection (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 by CommonDreams.org There has been much talk of the fact that the Bali bombing marked the second anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole. But the deadly blast also coincides with another milestone — one with even more significance to the current direction of U.S. foreign policy. Nineteen […]

Terry Anderson’s Four Years (The Washington Post)

The Washington Post, March 17, 1989 “It’s too bad about your friend,” Iran’s ambassador to Damascus nodded gravely. “He is innocent. They are all innocent as individuals. It is a very unfortunate situation.” The friend was Terry Anderson. The speaker was Ali Akhbar Mohtashami, the man U.S. intelligence claimed held the power of life and […]

Terry Anderson, Devalued (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 16, 1988 SINCE THE MORNING of March 16, 1985, when Terry Anderson, an Associated Press correspondent, was dragged from a car in West Beirut, his whole world has been a series of damp basements and cramped rooms. His companions have been a blindfold and a chain. Fear, loneliness and doubt […]

They remain the forgotten Americans (The New York Times)

The New York Times, March 26, 1986 (LONDON) — IT’S HARD TO FIND mention in the European and American press of what the United States is doing to free its hostages who remain in Lebanon. The Reagan administration’s “quiet diplomacy” remains quiet. The forgotten Americans remain forgotten. Somewhere in Lebanon in the last few weeks, probably […]