Category Archives: Middle East

Opinion | The Safe Zone Northern Syria Needs – By Shervan Derwish – The New York Times

By Shervan Derwish Mr. Derwish is a spokesman for the Manbij Military Council. Jan. 23, 2019 A soccer match in Manbij, Syria, which was freed from Islamic State control by Kurdish fighters in 2016.CreditCreditEPA, via Shutterstock MANBIJ, Syria — Whether … Continue reading

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Opinion | More Schools and Fewer Tanks for the Mideast – By Thomas L. Friedman – The New York Times

By Thomas L. Friedman Opinion Columnist Jan. 22, 2019,  180 c Tunisians last week celebrated the anniversary of their 2011 revolution. Credit Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images “President Trump’s sudden announcement that he’s pulling U.S. troops out of Syria … Continue reading

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Opinion | Trump’s Black Friday Sale: Oil- Guns and Morals – By Thomas L. Friedman – The New York Times

By Thomas L. Friedman Opinion Columnist Nov. 20, 2018,   666 President Trump speaking to reporters on Tuesday. Credit Tom Brenner for The New York Times Image President Trump speaking to reporters on Tuesday.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times “I … Continue reading

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Opinion | Step Away From the Orb – by Maureen Dowd – NYT

WASHINGTON — I was having dinner here once with a Saudi muck-a-muck. Midway through the interview, he passed an oblong velvet box across the table. Inside I found an expensive piece of jewelry. I began laughing and explained that I … Continue reading

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Jamal Khashoggi: What the Arab world needs most is free expression – The Washington Post

By Jamal Khashoggi October 17 at 7:52 PM A note from Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing … Continue reading

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Opinion | America’s Dilemma: Censuring M.B.S. and Not Halting Saudi Reforms – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“I have three thoughts on the Jamal Khashoggi saga. First, I can’t shake the image of this big teddy bear of a man, who only wanted to see his government reform in a more inclusive, transparent way, being killed in … Continue reading

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Opinion | The Broken Pieces of Middle East Peace – by Thomas Friedman – The New York Times

. .. . An agreement by the Palestinians and America’s Arab allies on their minimum foundations for negotiations, adds Ross, gives Palestinians cover to come back to the table and puts pressure on the Trump team to deliver a credible … Continue reading

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The Failure of Egypt’s Revolution – Book Review By Steve Negus – NYT

By Steve Negus Aug. 7, 2018 INTO THE HANDS OF THE SOLDIERS Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East By David D. Kirkpatrick 370 pp. Viking. $28. People versus power: This is how most of us remember Egypt’s … Continue reading

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Climate Change Is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon – by Anne Barnard and Josh Haner – NYT

Anne Barnard, the New York Times Beirut bureau chief for the past six years, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, went to Lebanon’s cedar forests to see how the trees are today. JULY 18, 2018 BAROUK CEDAR FOREST, LEBANON — … Continue reading

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NYT Video: The Militia That’s Threatening American Troops in Syria is backed by Iran

Video There are roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. Recently, a statement went out calling for direct attacks against them. Who sent it, and why?By DAVID BOTTI and CHRISTIAAN TRIEBERT

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