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DOCUMENTS: UNITED STATES NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
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THE TRIAL OF CHELSEA MANNING
Alexa O’Brien
A military judge found the U.S. army private guilty on twenty espionage and other charges related to the leaking of military field reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. But the lack of transparency in the proceedings raises questions about the legitimacy of the verdict and the harshness of the sentence. Rather than achieving justice, the conviction highlights President Obama’s war on whistleblowers. READ MORE
FORTRESS NEW YORK
Harvey Molotch
Since the September 11 attacks, Gotham lives under a blanket of tight security. Police and guards seem everywhere. Inspections, intrusions and blockages are the norm. The financial cost is huge. Quality of life is diminished. Is there anything to show for it? READ MORE
DANGEROUS MAN
Cairo Review
Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971 in hopes of ending U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. He speaks with Managing Editor Scott MacLeod about America’s latest whistleblowers, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden—and explains how unchecked power threatens the human race. READ MORE
TUNNEL VISION
Zack Gold
Since June 2013,the Egyptian military has maintained its most effective operation yet against tunnel networks in the Sinai. Looking forward, though, it is unclear how long Egypt can sustain the current success in tunnel closures. READ MORE
IN YEMEN, DRONES AREN’T A POLICY
Nabeel Khoury
I recall the good old days in Yemen from 2004 to 2007—that is, relatively speaking. I was then the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, which pretty much enjoyed the run of the country. Sanaa is now classified as an unaccompanied post, meaning it is too dangerous for diplomats to bring families with them. READ MORE
FREEZING AID WITHOUT A STRATEGY
Jonathan Guyer
Since Morsi's ouster, U.S. military hardware has been a stark feature of Cairo's skyline. But American policy—the reason for that military aid to Egypt—remains ambiguous. READ MORE
REMEMBERING BILL STELPFLUG
Rami G. Khouri
Just before the Syria war, I received a letter from the mother of the late Lance Corporal Bill J. Stelpflug, who joined the Marines in 1982 and was sent to Beirut in May 1983. A massive bomb destroyed the marine barracks on October 23, and Bill died in that attack. READ MORE
SEVEN LESSONS TO LEARN IN SYRIA
Rami G. Khouri
The diplomatic and psychological thriller of the current announced plan by U.S. President Barack Obama to attack Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people has now been dramatically shaped by the Russian proposal for Syria. We might draw some lessons so far. READ MORE
SINAI’S ROLE IN MORSI’S OUSTER
Sahar Aziz
President Morsi's refusal to employ heavy-handed tactics to stop the increasing flow of arms and militants into Sinai—and his seeming disinterest in avenging the deaths of Egyptian soldiers—led the Egyptian military to join the ranks of his detractors. READ MORE
THE AGONY OF THE SMASHING OF SYRIA
Rami G. Khouri
The vigorous debate about whether an American-led military strike against Syria would be appropriate and effective is heart-breaking, for it is agonizing to watch as another important Arab country follows the self-destructive trajectory of others before it, such as Iraq and Libya. READ MORE
A RETURN OF VIOLENT ISLAMIST INSURGENCY IN EGYPT?
Jerome Drevon
Despite extreme declarations made by shadowy groups, it is unlikely that Egypt will witness a return to the violent insurgency that plagued the country in the 1990s.READ MORE
DEMOCRACY VERSUS SECURITY
Rozina Ali
Simplifying Egypt into the narrow dualism of ‘us versus them,’ the military has re-established a dominant role for itself on Egypt’s political stage, one that has gone largely unchallenged by the Egyptian public. READ MORE
ATOMS FOR PEACE
Muhammad Sahimi
Western powers suspect that Iran is developing atomic weapons. But the controversy over the country’s nuclear program obscures the fact that Iran launched its pursuit of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes a quarter century before the Islamic revolution. It was the United States that helped Iran launch its nuclear quest. READ MORE
BREAKING THE DEADLOCK IN THE WESTERN SAHARA
Irene Fernández Molina
Respect for human rights is a common denominator in the Western Sahara conflict that the international community should back at all costs. READ MORE
THE REAL SCARE IN SYRIA IS NOT CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Rami G. Khouri
Neither chemical weapons use nor American involvement strike me as the most significant elements of the Syria conflict that should grab our attention.READ MORE
STABILITY AT ALL COSTS
Anne Wolf
While observers may disagree about the various reasons Algeria has proved thus far resistant to the Arab Spring, there can be no doubt about the role of the regime’s notorious Department of Intelligence and Security (French acronym, DRS). Perhaps aided by the lingering memory of Algeria’s bloody civil war—which took as many as 200,000 lives—the DRS has been effectively able to prevent protests from turning into a revolution. READ MORE
SYRIA IS COMPLICATED -- SIMULTANEOUS CONFLICTS ALWAYS ARE
Rami G. Khouri
The conflict in Syria has assumed more dangerous dimensions with the latest developments along the Syrian-Lebanese border, where forces with and against both the Syrian government and Hizbullah have engaged in cross-border shelling. READ MORE
TEXTS: ADDRESSES ON CHINA AND THE WORLD
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THE LAST REFUGE: YEMEN, AL-QAEDA, AND AMERICA’S WAR IN ARABIA
Laura Kasinof
Laura Kasinof reports on the rise of Al-Qaeda in YemenREAD MORE
UNHAPPY NEIGHBORS
Ngo Vinh Long
China is aggressively enforcing a self-declared zone of sovereignty in wide areas of the South China Sea. Its takeover of disputed islands and arrests of fisherman have triggered growing diplomatic and legal challenges to Beijing. Without a Code of Conduct for the contested waters, the region may become a new global flashpoint. READ MORE
A LONG MARCH INTO SPACE
Joan Johnson-Freese
When Liu Yang became China’s first female taikonaut with the launch of Shenzhou 9 in 2012, it was yet another sign that the country is catching up with the United States in the conquest of outer space. Concerning the military motives behind China’s ambitious program, however, it’s time to separate wild speculation from valid conclusions. READ MORE
ALGERIAN CRISIS: THE PRIMACY OF LE POUVOIR
John P. Entelis
The terrorist assault on one of Algeria's central natural gas processing plants posed a direct challenge to the structure of the country's military-industrial complex.READ MORE
MOROCCO’S ENGAGEMENT WITH THE SAHEL COMMUNITY
Benjamin P. Nickels
The Arab Spring opened up new partnership opportunities for Morocco, Africa’s only non-African Union member country, which has been long isolated by the Western Sahara conflict and its rivalry with neighboring Algeria. READ MORE
BREAKING THE SYRIA STALEMATE
Amr Al-Azm
The Syrian regime and its core pillars of loyalist military support have yet to acknowledge that their situation has become critical, let alone perilous. What can Syria's opposition do to shake up the stalemate? READ MORE
STRATEGIC PATIENCE
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Ambassador Ryan Crocker spent a four-decade diplomatic career in the Islamic World, serving as U.S. envoy in Kabul, Baghdad, Islamabad, Damascus, Kuwait City, and Beirut and receiving honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He speaks with Managing Editor Scott MacLeod about America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, handling the crises over Syria and Iran, and Washington’s foreign policy failings. READ MORE
DEALING WITH IRAN
President Barack Obama entered office in 2009 calling for a new approach to diplomacy with Iran. Yet, as he begins his second term, the U.S. and Iran are on the brink of a conflict that could engulf the world. A Memo to the President on how America can avoid war.READ MORE
KILL OR CAPTURE: THE WAR ON TERROR AND THE SOUL OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY
Malou Innocent
Malou Innocent reports on President Obama’s War on TerrorREAD MORE
WHAT'S NEW IN THE GAZA-ISRAEL BATTLE
Rami G. Khouri
More killing and destruction will not resolve this conflict, but a lack of a fair and negotiated resolution also means that more killing and destruction are inevitable. READ MORE
THERE WILL BE NO CIVIL WAR IN LEBANON
Rami G. Khouri
The political tensions and a handful of local clashes following the assassination last Friday of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan reflected a tragic but rather routine sequence of sentiments and events in this country, where political assassinations have occurred regularly for half a century. READ MORE
DRONE WARS
Michael Burnam-Fink
Meet the Predator, the unmanned attack aircraft that is defining warfare in the post-Cold War era. Initially deemed useless by the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency, it has become America’s weapon of choice in the War on Terror. With the creation of a new military bureaucracy dependent on identifying and striking new enemies, will Predator missions ever end?READ MORE
CURTAINS FOR BIN LADEN’S FREAK SHOW
Scott MacLeod
There was a theatrical air about Osama bin Laden. He cultivated mystique. For example, he relished inviting selected international journalists–some known for their own theatricality–to meet him in dangerous or shadowy circumstances that facilitated dramatic storytelling. I had a minor part in bringing Bin Laden to the world stage in 1996 when I interviewed him in Khartoum for a TIME magazine story headlined “The Paladin of Jihad.” Bin Laden’s enemies added to the hype. George W. Bush, the gun-slinging president from Texas, responded to September 11 with a line straight out of Hollywood: “I want justice. And there's an old poster out West I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'"READ MORE
THE WORST-KEPT SECRET
Nabil Fahmy
The Worst-Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb. By Avner Cohen. Columbia University Press, 2010. 416 pp. READ MORE
DICTATORS AND THE INTERNET
Warigia Bowman
The Internet network is inherently not governed. Yet, each player has a valuable role. January 27 teaches us that a move away from centralization, particularly in the presence of autocratic governments, is crucial. READ MORE
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