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Saudi War in Yemen Amid Malaise and Confusion

Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh Much has been written about the reasons behind the Saudi military strikes against Yemen, and many pro-Saudi writers have touted the so-called Arab and Muslim coalition against the Houthis of Yemen. No clarity, much ... Read More



Tikrit Battle Revives Doubts About Iraqi Leaders

Published on March 31st, 2015 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White A desperate Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last week requested US air support to jumpstart Iraq’s stalled offensive in Tikrit. Many observers describe this as an American triumph. Yet, Abadi’s initial choice to ... Read More



Netanyahu’s U.S. Popularity Has Declined Sharply: Poll

Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe While U.S. public sentiment toward Israel has remained relatively stable, favorability ratings for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have declined sharply over the past six weeks, and particularly since his controversial speech before Congress ... Read More



Operations in Yemen: What’s Afoot?

Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Guest

by James Spencer The conflict in Yemen is frequently described as sectarian, with the Houthis usually described as “Shi’a.” In fact, the situation in Yemen, tragic as it is for Yemenis caught up in it, is ... Read More

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History, Religion, and Yemen

Published on March 30th, 2015 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas W. Lippman When Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, was spreading his dominion across the Arabia peninsula nearly a century ago, one of his early decisions was to impose jizyah, the ... Read More



Capitol Hill Developments on Iran and Israel

Published on March 29th, 2015 | by Guest

by Lara Friedman The following are excerpts from the latest legislative update from Americans for Peace Now. It provides a summary of a number of Iran- and Israel-related issues and developments on Capitol Hill. Congress is now ... Read More


Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Your Money at War Everywhere

Published on March 27th, 2015 | by Guest

by William D. Hartung President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year ... Read More

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