Category Archives: Americas

Will the US fall for Saudi Arabia’s deliberate provocation?

Saudi King Salman Trita Parsi warns that if the US falls into the Saudi trap and sides with it against Iran, in a confrontation manufactured by Saudi Arabia, the price is likely to be the possibility of peace in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal. Read more [...]

Economic anxiety, public safety fears and the rise of demagogues in the US and Europe

Politics of fear Lawrence Davidson examines how economic anxiety and fears over public safety, fuelled by the Islamist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, are creating the environment for demagogues and militarists such as Donald Trump to flourish. Read more [...]

What was the point of Obama’s message to Israel’s president?

Reuben Riven and Barak Obama Alan Hart examines what could be either a warning or an expression of despair from President Obama to his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlen, and wonders what Obama’s game plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict might be in what remains of his presidency. Read more [...]

Terrorism and some hard truths 

US gun culture Lawrence Davidson says much of the hysteria in the US about Islamic terrorism is politically motivated and that if politicians were serious about addressing the violence and terror in American society, they would tackle the country’s gun epidemic. Read more [...]

Islamic State, the lack of self-reflection, and moral disintegration

Moral disintegration and Islamic State Rich Forer says as long as Western societies refuse to look into the root causes of despair and anger, fear and discrimination, they will continue to sow the seeds for more violence and self-destruction, as exemplified by Islamic State. Read more [...]

Israel divides the Jews

Netanyahu does not speak for me Lawrence Davidson shows how Israel’s racist, expansionist and criminal policies are dividing American Jews, most recently prompting the leader of US Reform Jewry to denounce its treatment of minorities and the Judaisation of secular law. Read more [...]

Some popular fallacies about Islamism

British Islamists Magdi Abdelhadi debunks some of the common misconceptions about Islam and Islamism, and spells out the essential steps that must be taken if the pernicious ideology that drives the likes of Al-Qaeda and Islamic State is to be defeated. Read more [...]

The American progressive’s dilemma

US corruption Lawrence Davidson reflects on the sad reality of US politics, where principled parties such as the Green Party are unlikely ever to be elected and where “the most likely thing to kick the US out of the rut is catastrophe – something even worse than the fiascos of Vietnam and Iraq”. Read more [...]

The US-Israel nexus, fairness and the rule of law

Stop billions to Israel Richard Forer argues that the United States, by exempting Israel from US laws and shielding it from the consequences of violating international law, is the enabler of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and its oppression of the Palestinian people. Read more [...]

Obama has washed his hands of Palestine and is walking away from it

Obama has washed his hands of Palestine and is walking away from it Alan Hart writes: In his major speech Read more [...]