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Arab Spring plus U.S. policy equals Arab Winter

Arab Spring plus U.S. policy equals Arab Winter

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — After the heady and often dizzying political changes optimistically described as the Arab Spring, many of these same Middle Eastern states may be heading for what sadly looks like an Arab Winter. The seasonal political shift was predictable, but the end results remain in flux. The three great […]

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It's only words: With Asian tour, Obama tries to change the subject

It's only words: With Asian tour, Obama tries to change the subject

By Sol W. Sanders The Obama Administration is trying to turn a historical page. The president’s current Pacific tour is promoted as “a return to Asia”, an acknowledgment of its rapidly growing economies, and, of course, recognition of China as a world power. History has a way of dictating its own terms, however. [When asked […]

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Testimony: Iran assassination ops run by thugs, 'not James Bonds'

Testimony: Iran assassination ops run by thugs, 'not James Bonds'

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com A former CIA officer told Congress last week that the apparent sloppy trade craft of an Iranian operation to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States is not unusual. Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA Iranian targets officer, in testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee, dismissed skeptics who […]

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Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

By Fariborz Saremi Iran, which has often employed proxies such as Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Asaib A Haq (League of Righteous) in Iraq to expand its sphere of influence, now finds itself the victim of this form of warfare. Tehran is being forced to fight several low-level insurgencies in its border regions which, Tehran claims, […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Will Saddam’s WMD be discovered in Syria when Assad falls?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto Ten years after 9/11, one captivating thought keeps crossing my mind: When the Assad tyranny in Syria finally collapses, will George W. Bush be vindicated? Will evidence be found that Saddam Hussein did actually possess mobile bio-weapons labs, and had them driven across the border ahead of allied forces advancing on Baghdad? […]

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UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

UN report card cites 'progress' in post-surge Iraq

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — “Iraq continues to make progress in consolidating its young democracy, strengthening the rule of law, developing its institutions and addressing the economic and social challenges,” states Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a progress report on the strife ridden Middle Eastern country.  Yet in this periodic survey of Iraq, […]

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Sunnis cite broken power-sharing promise, threaten to secede from Iraq

WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq is facing the prospect of secession by its minority Sunni community. A leading Sunni politician warned that his community could decide to break away from Shi’ite-led Iraq. The politician said the Shi’ite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has failed to honor his pledge to share power. “This should treated […]

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Cables: U.S. saw leftist Iran opposition group Mujahadeen Khalq as a 'cult'

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has assessed that a leading Iranian opposition organization that in the 1970s was aligned with leftist and Marxist causes was a cult that deals brutally with members who want to leave. The State Department has concluded that the Mujahadeen Khalq, or MEK, was holding Iranian exiles against their will […]

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Unleashing Palestinian economic potential with no thanks to the Arab petro-sheikhs

 By Sol W. Sanders When he unsuccessfully tried to cut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off at the [Congressional] pass with a purportedly seminal speech, President Barack Obama laid out a rather immodest economic agenda for the Arab region. The “developmental” proposals were immediately overshadowed by his unfortunate call for 1949 Israel-Arab armistice lines as the […]

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Author: Iraq War reshaped thriving post-WWII trans-Atlantic partnership

Author: Iraq War reshaped thriving post-WWII trans-Atlantic partnership

See the new book “Trans-Atlantic Divide: USA/Euroland rift?”, by FreePressers.com correspondent and WorldTribune.com columnist John Metzler. “Is Europe’s close political relationship with the USA really over?  Hardly, but given the epic political events in Europe itself, from 1989 to the aftermath of the Iraq war in 2003, the ties  have fundamentally changed and been redefined. This […]