Middle East

Ahmadinejad’s charm offensive?

September 28, 2007
Babak Yektafar is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonprism.org. He is a graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University with a B.A. in Communications. From 1999 to 2005, Babak was a producer with C-SPAN network’s national live morning program, Washington Journal.

Joost Hiltermann

September 27, 2007
The crisis in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Crisis Group's two priorities in the region, but research is conducted as well in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.   Joost Hiltermann speaks with Senior Editor Paul Jay in a two-part interview.        

Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

September 26, 2007
Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pepe Escobar writes The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online. He has reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, U.S. and China. He is also the author of the soon to be published Red Zone Blues.

Ahmadinejad loves New York?

September 26, 2007
Based in New Delhi, Aijaz Ahmad is a Senior Editorial Consultant and political commentator for the Indian newsmagazine, Frontline. He has taught Political Science and written widely on South Asia and the Middle East.

Victim claims Blackwater killings unprovoked

September 20, 2007

  "Nobody shot at them and nobody attacked them" he said.   Amidst anger on the streets of Baghdad, Prime Minister Maliki denounced the killings and vowed to hold the company accountable. A joint investigative committee was announced on Thursday.

The “enduring” occupation of Iraq

September 19, 2007
"They [White House] feel that the only resolution for the [U.S.] economic problems is if they can capture the oil resources of the Middle East, which makes the situation so dangerous that you may very well see them going into Iran at some point."

"There will be other wars"

September 19, 2007
Many other tribal leaders saw the sheik as a collaborator with the US. The sheik used the Americans to get as close to power as possible in Baghdad and the Americans used [ sheikh’s] Anbar Council to work as their proxies trying to eliminate al-Qaeda in Iraq.    

Pepe Escobar on the death of Sheik Abu Risha

September 19, 2007
Many other tribal leaders saw the sheik as a collaborator with the US. The sheik used the Americans to get as close to power as possible in Baghdad and the Americans used [ sheikh’s] Anbar Council to work as their proxies trying to eliminate al-Qaeda in Iraq.