MIDEAST NOTES: A Qatar-Turkey Bloc Supporting Hamas?A new constellation in the shifting skies of the Middle East is helping Hamas and the SNC in Syria. Where does Saudi Arabia fit in?
MIDEAST NOTES: Overviewing Shi'a-Sunni ConflictsA country-by-country survey and predictive analysis of areas where there are significant Shi’a-Sunni divides in the population. A must read to understand the turmoil in the Arab world.
MIDEAST NOTES:The Coming Oil-Shale Revolution?The chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company- Aramco- has admitted that the development of large oil shale reserves in North America looks set to shift the monopoly over global energy supplies increasingly away from the Middle East.
MIDEAST NOTES: Syria, Turkey and the KurdsThe Kurds, deprived of a homeland in spite of being promised self-determination in the aftermath of World War One, are beginning to play the role of kingmakers in key countries.
The Arab Spring and the Jews: The Necessary Litmus TestWhat might be a good indicator or litmus test of the direction in which Libya is going? And the rest of the Arab Spring countries?
A Taste of the Future: How the Kurds Treat MinoritiesSo what if the Kurds were a persecuted ethnic group? Now that they have autonomy in Iraq, they are doing the same to others. A foretaste of where the Middle East is going?
Libya: Outlook PessimisticA video showed hundreds of bodies found in the Abu Salim hospital in Tripoli, but failed to mention, that most of the corpses were those of black people
A Guide to the Galaxy of Islamic Anti-SemitismThe writings by Jews from the period of the Cairo Geniza use a specific term- sin’uth- to refer to hostility from local Muslims towards Jews. They had ample reason to give it a special word with the passage of time.
What to do About PakistanWho are the TeT Taliban group, what is the jizya poll tax that they intend for you to pay some day and how the US had better think about making its largesse conditional.
Bin Laden: It Won't Achieve MuchThe author has a difficult, but necessary, long term solution to the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
What to do about Yemen?Monday saw protests calling for change in Yemen. This is a well researched analysis of another pressure area where the USA is off base, but better late than never, Obama.
Wikileaks News? Think AgainThe significance of Wikileaks and other internet revelations should be reevaluated, says this researcher. The truth is more complicated.