Stories by Ali Gharib

Ali Gharib is a national security reporter for ThinkProgress covering U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly Iran. Before joining the Center for American Progress, he wrote and blogged for Inter Press Service as well as the Columbia Journalism Review’s website,, and AlterNet, among other outlets. subscribe to Ali Gharib's feed

Posted on: Jul 27, 2012, Source: Think Progress

Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) defended his colleague Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN)Islamophobic quest to root out supposed Muslim Brotherhood “deep penetration” of the U.S. government

Posted on: Feb 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The drama never stops unfolding around the Clarion Fund, the operation behind a string of movies dubbed "anti-Muslim" by critics.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2011, Source: Inter Press Service

Mubarak responded to unrest by promising to replace his cabinet, but gave no indication of leaving himself. After Mubarak's remarks, Obama issued a warning.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Use caution in reading the Iraq war logs—and news coverage of them.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

They lied us into one war, and now they're trying to get the U.S. into another.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Laughter at Iran's expense is not quite as harmless as it seems. Cultural judgment helps dehumanize a country, making it easier for a society to go war.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Nobody's learned their lesson it seems.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: IPS News

Facing calls to speak out more forcefully on Iran's disputed election results, the U.S. president made his harshest statement yet Tuesday.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2009, Source: IPS News

Many analysts view the elections through the lens of the struggle between U.S. and Iranian regional hegemonic aspirations.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2009, Source: IPS News

"We have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam," Obama says ahead of his major speech in Egypt.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2009, Source: IPS News

The new budget proposed by Defense Secretary Gates is higher than any of the Bush budgets that preceded it.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2009, Source: IPS News

Washington must forcefully reinsert itself into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2009, Source: IPS News

More troops mean more combat confrontations and a increased risk to the civilian population of Afghanistan.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009, Source: IPS News

The U.S. and the international community are poised to continue politically-charged policies that will impede progress.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Real Voices for Change campaign promises to push hard on universal health care, green jobs and leaving Iraq as Obama outlines his agenda.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

In the face of mounting evidence and criticism over the army's use of white phosphorus, the official Israeli line has not changed: Deny, deny, deny.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009, Source: IPS News

The corporate media buried a key Israeli military attack on a Hamas target that some claim sparked the current conflagration in Gaza.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2008, Source: IPS News

Obama has spoken of meaningful engagement with Iran, but DC hawks still advocate tough sanctions or military strikes.

Posted on: Oct 31, 2008, Source: IPS News

"We're getting out of the detention business," says a U.S. military spokesman.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2008, Source: IPS News

The <i>New York Times</i> alone distributed some 145,000 copies of <i>Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West</i> to 11 markets.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2008, Source: IPS News

"Civilian deaths act as a recruiting tool for the Taliban and risk fatally undermining the international effort to provide basic security."

Posted on: Aug 7, 2008, Source: IPS News

McCain's "League of Democracies," a new international organization of democratic governments, already exists.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

There was nothing moderate about the fundamentalist, apocalyptic, Christian-right ideology of the attendants and speakers at the CUFI conference.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2008, Source: IPS News

Years after he was found not guilty in a federal court, the Bush administration is keeping a Palestinian university professor jailed, in legal limbo.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2008, Source: IPS News

A new report takes a stab at answering the question of how to leave Iraq. Will Congress pay attention?

Posted on: May 23, 2008, Source: AlterNet

By poisoning the public discourse with disinformation, right-wing talkers improve their ratings while leaving us far from fixing a broken system.

Posted on: May 5, 2008, Source: IPS News

Two new ICG reports show that, at best, the "surge" was a temporary solution and that, in Iraq, "underlying issues will again come to the fore."

Posted on: Apr 10, 2008, Source: IPS News

Iraq may be calmer on the surface, but strife simmers beneath.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2008, Source: IPS News

The campaigns' views of the world are worlds apart.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2008, Source: IPS News

Sixty percent of the officers asked in a recent survey said that the military is weaker now than it was five years ago.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2008, Source: IPS News

Thousands of serious allegations of crimes in Iraq and only one mercenary has been prosecuted.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2007, Source: IPS News

Weeks after a wild shooting spree by Blackwater operatives led Iraqi officials to ban the firm from the country, DoD mocks human rights.