The clock is ticking – no time to lose in Syria and Iran

2011 was not a good year for dictators and tyrants, as Ben Ali, Mubarak and finally Gaddafi were all successfully unseated from power. But let us not forget that many are still killing, torturing, and raping their own people – right now.


Obama’s Devastatingly Mixed Signals

For better or worse, each passing day the Middle East is becoming more unstable. Regimes that have clung to power for decades are now being overthrown and threatened. Others are preemptively cracking down on their opponents or seeking to appease them.

While no one can say with certainty what the future will bring to the radically altered Middle Eastern landscape, it is becoming increasingly apparent that US influence over events here will be dramatically diminished.

Egypt: The Word from the Streets

by Bob Cavalcante As someone who lived and worked in Alexandria, Egypt for the last year and was in Alex when Khaled Said was assassinated by the corrupt police; witnessed the running gunfights outside my apartment window every night for the past week; saw every day non-political and non-protesting Egyptians stay up all night protecting … Continue reading

2010 Elections: New Heads of State and Heads of Government

by Caela (Ed: silent sinner) Here is an overview (albeit incomplete) of the possible batch of new and not-so-new leaders in the world stage this year either making their debut at International events as head of state/government or will be lucky to be saying “I’m back!”.

[Commentary] EU: We want a President; World: Oh, were you talking to us?

by Caela After the Irish “yes” to Lisbon Treaty, European capitals were swept with speculations as to who would get the top job that Lisbon would create. Think Tanks across the Union worked double time to put forward necessary policy proposals aiming to strengthen the Union. At first ears around the world perked up to … Continue reading

Israel is (Always) Wrong, Stupid!

by Claude Moniquet If you put aside the United States, the Czech Presidency of the European Union – which expressed the view on Saturday, January 3 that the Israeli operation was ‘defensive’ and not ‘offensive’ – as well as several politicians and media who are isolated and not in tune with the rest, Israel has … Continue reading

Islamization: The Blurring Line Between Church, State and the Academe

by Silent Sinner TEHRAN. Iran is set to Islamize humanities studies in universities after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei charged that Western teachings make students question religion, state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. “The Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies was tasked by the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council to revise the human sciences curriculum,” … Continue reading