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Posted on: Sep 29, 2009, Source: New America Media

New sanctions make Congress look tough, but they also provide cover for unpopular economic measures the Iranian government desperately wants to enact.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2009, Source: New America Media

That the conflict between Israel and Hamas is a proxy war with Iran is a myth that has grown up during the Bush administration.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

The United States may not have the international support it needs for an act of aggression against the theocratic state.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2008, Source: Le Monde diplomatique

The U.S. military is recruiting anthros to help navigate Iraqi culture -- not everyone is happy about it.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2004, Source: Pacific News Service

Like it not, there is no single, clear biological, psychological or cultural definition of "male" and "female.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Fight in shrine town manages to insult all Iraqis and create new 'martyrs.'

Posted on: Nov 12, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

As the situation in Iraq deteriorates, President Bush has outlined a grand vision for democracy in the Middle East. But the U.S. will have to change tactics quickly if legitimate elected bodies are to rule in Iraq.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The assassination of an important Shi'a leader signals the first shot in an Iraqi civil war that experts warned would ensue if Saddam were removed without careful planning.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The Bush administration is turning up the heat on Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, but any evidence for such a program is scant.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The war in Iraq was sold to the U.S. public in ways that resonate with Americans' moral views about violence. With those rationales falling apart, you can hear the tide of public opinion turning.

Posted on: May 20, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The U.S. invasion lifted the veil on the real face of power in Iraq, an enormous Shiite Muslim bloc which is spread across the Middle East.

Posted on: May 14, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The choice of target in the Riyadh bombings reveals a group more concerned with ousting the Saudi royal family and not connected to Bin Laden.

Posted on: May 7, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

From "creative destruction" to "total war," the guiding beliefs of the most aggressive foreign policymakers in the Bush administration may originate in the works of an influential yet rarely seen neoconservative.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

With the removal of the Baathist regime, a whole host of would-be leaders has bubbled to the surface in Iraq, representing a mix of conflicting allegiances and ideologies.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix has been virtually ignored by the U.S. press lately, but he's been far from silent.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Iranians look east to Afghanistan and west to Iraq and feel trapped. How we will they react?

Posted on: Apr 7, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

While their ties to Iran have long troubled the United States, as Iraq's majority religion Shi'ite Muslims must be given a real stake in the country's reconstruction.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Rosy prognostications of a quick and painless war have evaporated in the face of Iraqi resistance. Predictions about the discovery of weapons of mass destruction may prove just as empty.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

Experts on Iran and the Kurds dread the aftermath of a U.S. invasion of Iraq, which they say would destabilize the entire region.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

Now that Bush has finally recognized the need for U.S. involvement in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, he needs to take the next important step: commit peacekeeping forces to enforce the peace.

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