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
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‘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 1 . . . → 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 all, . . . → 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
YouTube was banned in Pakistan on September 17, 2012 to pacify incensed emotions that were unleashed across the country following the release of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims”.
. . . → Read More: What was the point of banning YouTube?
I gave a lecture last night at the Cape Ann Forum, on the topic of America’s changing position in the world and what it might (should) mean for U.S. grand strategy. My hosts were gracious and the crowd asked plenty of good questions, which is what I’ve come to expect when I speak to non-academic groups. Indeed, . . . → Read More: Lack of accountability in foreign policy making