The Firestorm Ahead by Immanuel Wallerstein
There is a firestorm ahead in the Middle East for which neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. public is prepared. The storm will go from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan to Israel/Palestine, and in the classic expression "it will spread like wildfire."
US Health Care Sham by Serge Halimi (Le Monde diplomatique)
Cradled in a political system that protects them -- and which they in turn protect -- both financial traders and medical insurance companies can pursue their parasitic ways.
Nothing to Celebrate in Libya Today by Rami G. Khouri
Libya is a severe example of the self-inflicted distortions, waste and misfortunes that have defined much of the Arab region since independence.
Mulling Mullen's Message by Nadia Hijab
Admiral Mullen seems to believe that if America builds trust and delivers, then it will earn respect and admiration -- and win its wars. But America’s wars are the problem.
Arab Oil and Renewable Energy by Patrick Seale
Arab oil is not in any immediate danger of being pushed aside in favour of renewable energy, but there are plans in many countries to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Sensible US Courage and Hapless US Imbecility by Rami G. Khouri
Since September 11, 2001, the United States as a whole has been blinded by the rage they experienced due to the 9/11 terror attacks. An exaggerated focus on “Islam” and “Muslim extremists” has been allowed to define intellectual analysis and foreign policy.
Paranoia Strikes Deep by Michael Kazin (The Nation)
If Obama and his progressive allies hope to defeat the latest assault on federal power, they will need to go beyond the president's artful ambivalence about the subject. Like FDR, they will have to talk about government as the property of all the people and push through programs that make its benefits palpable to the great majority.