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.

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

Russia-China Warn US That Israeli Attack On Iran Means “World War”

A chilling report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Medvedev and Chinese President Hu have issued an “urgent warning” to the United States that says if the Americans allow an Israeli nuclear attack upon Iran, “World War will be our response”.

US-Iran Strategy: Washington’s Waiting

by Caela AMMAN. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Monday that tough sanctions will follow if Tehran fails to respond to Washington’s offers of dialogue on its controversial nuclear programme. “What is clear is if the engagement process is not successful, the United States is prepared to press for significant additional sanctions that would … Continue reading