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Libya: Before and After Muammar Gaddafi

Roxana Baspineiro teleSUR
Gaddafi at UN podium Nine years after his death, residents in the chaos-wracked country's capital have grown to miss the longtime leader as the frustrations of daily life mount.

How US Foreign Policy Spawned Terror and Trump

Rod Such The Electronic Intifada
book cover The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump by Max Blumenthal, Verso Books (2019)

Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East

Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch
There is a new ménage-à-quatre in the region, bringing Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States ever closer. unexpected fifth player lurking in the shadows: Russia.

Drama Turns to Farce in U.S.-Israeli Relations

Rami G. Khouri The Daily Star (Lebanon)
Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week the tension between the Republican-dominated Congress and President Barack Obama has reached a near constitutional crisis. While this crisis may subside, the more lasting impact of these developments may well be a change in relationship between the Israeli government, the Republican Party, and the traditionally bipartisan U.S. consensus towards Israel and wider Middle Eastern issues.

Syria: A Multi-Sided Chess Match

Conn Hallinan Dispatches from the Edge
In some ways the Syrian civil war resembles a proxy chess match between supporters of the Bashar al-Assad regime— Iran, Iraq, Russia and China—and its opponents— Turkey, the oil monarchies, the U.S., Britain and France. But the current conflict only resembles chess if the game is played with multiple sides, backstabbing allies, and conflicting agendas.
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