Obama couldn’t get to Paris, but somehow he managed a late schedule change to go see the new Saudi king. Can this ever change? Not likely. So who wants to take a stab at explaining why Barack Obama couldn’t adjust his schedule to attend a massive march in Paris dedicated to the values of the . . . → Read More: USA’s forced relations with Saudi Arabia
The United Nations General Assembly (where all 193 countries in the world get a vote) has almost unanimously demanded that Israel give up its nuclear weapons and cooperate with making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone. The only dissenters were Israel and the United States, along with three small South Pacific islands that always vote . . . → Read More: Israeli Nukes must go to restore peace in Middle East – United Nations
In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.
Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in . . . → Read More: Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS
By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)
The Collapse of Order in the Middle East Remarks to the 23rd Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Washington, D.C. October 28, 2014
Will Rogers once observed that “when you get into trouble 5,000 miles from home, you’ve . . . → Read More: How the West lost in the Middle East
‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran.
Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each.
Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.
The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities . . . → Read More: Iran’s freedom deficit
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have reiterated their commitment to fight extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and continue to cooperate in the field of exchange of security-related information.
They also emphasised the importance of security cooperation to combat the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said . . . → Read More: Pakistan and KSA to join hands against terrorism
25 Of The World’s Cheapest Places To Live.
10. Tehran, Iran
Originally called Ray, this city is Iran’s 32nd national capital and has been that way for 220 years. Home to the sixth tallest tower in the world, the Milad tower, it is among the largest cities in Western Asia. The average price for a . . . → Read More: Karachi cheapest city in 2013
By Lawrence Wilkerson
Although it’s far removed from the public conscience, we ought to pay more attention at just what drone use portends.
Akbar Ahmed’s The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam, should be required reading for American soldiers, citizens and, above . . . → Read More: US fails to understand drone abuse
Jonathan Gregson goes back to Kathmandu and discovers that these days hotels outnumber flop houses
What seems like a lifetime ago, I packed up my rucksack and headed off down the “Hippie Trail” through Iran and Afghanistan, and ultimately to India. But for most of my long-haired, wide-eyed travelling companions, the ultimate destination was Kathmandu . . . → Read More: What happened to the hippie trail