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    July 2008      Middle East Special

    The fear factor that silences
    By Paul Findley: Candidates for public office, high and low, are bewitched—frightened is the more accurate word—by an unwarranted but costly fear of the U.S. lobby that functions on behalf of the State of Israel. Read More

    Obama and the Israeli lobby
    By Stephen Zunes: In many respects, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has played right into the hands of cynics who have long doubted his promises to create a new and more progressive role for the United States in the world. Middle Eastern affairs, he received a standing ovation for his efforts at the national convention of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Read More

    Middle East Mosaic: A Geopolitical Analysis
    By Scott Arthur: Middle East geography has made it historically a “fault’ region in which East/West have encountered, challenged, and borrowed from each other going back fifteen hundred years.  The irony is that the cradle of Western civilization rest in Mesopotamia centering on the city-states dotting the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers. Read More  

    Iraq War:  An Orchestration
    By Syed R. Mahmood: After t five years of Iraq’s invasion by the U.S. forces, people around the world and a huge number of Americans are still wondering why we had to invade Iraq? What have we achieved in this war? At least two thirds of Americans are against the Iraq war. Read More

    Iraqis resisting US capitulation
    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali:
    Iraq's key Shiite and Sunni leaders have rejected a new open-ended security agreement with the United States that envisages permanent US military bases, immunity to American military personnel and security contractors if they killed civilians and allowing the United States to detain Iraqis indefinitely. Read More  

    ‘American Justice, a two headed coin'
    By Mertze Dahlin: Everybody knows that if you must go to court, even if it can go that far in your country of origin, or some country you are visiting, you had better have some cash to pay the low-paid keeper of the law. But if you didn’t have any, or you thought paying under-the-table was not quite Kosher you think surely you have your rights. Read More

    In search of independent media
    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The New York Times revealed last April that in summer 2005, confronted with a fresh wave of criticism over Guantanamo Bay the Bush administration prepped some 75 retired military officers to serve as paid television commentators. The Bush administration has used the retired military officers, many of whom had conflicting ties to defense contractors, as media Trojan to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks, the New York Times pointed out. Read More  

    Pew surveys and the politics of demography
    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life today released the second report of the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey on June 23, 2008 which again uses its 2007 flawed report about the population of Muslims in America. Read More  

    The Decline in America's Reputation: Why? It’s the US policies, stupid
    A congressional report, titled "The Decline in America's Reputation: Why," finds that other nations hate us not because of our values but because of our policies. The report concludes that U.S. policy is what matters most of all in creating our international image. The report finds that unilateral behavior by the current administration, a lack of contact with Americans and the "perceived war on Islam" also contributed to America's unfavorable image in many nations. Read More