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Iranian Nuclear Weapon Capability Negotiations and its BATNA

Whatever the difficulties or failings in the attempts of the President Obama administration to negotiate an end to Iranian moves towards nuclear weapons, the recent letter to Iran by 47 Republican Senators seems to me like an act of ill … Continue reading

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‘Russia, Syria and the US: Parsing Uncle Vlad’ by John McDermott

I always like a sense of humor, even about serious matters and I thought this parsing of Vladimir Putin’s New York Times article on Syria, by John McDermott in the UK Financial Times very insightful, not to mention funny. http://blogs.ft.com/off-message/2013/09/12/russia-syria-and-the-us-parsing-uncle-vlad/ John … Continue reading

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Syria and All That

What is happening in the Middle East is a large scale regional civil war, maybe comparable to the European World Wars in due course. Sunni versus Shia and secular versus Islamist. The problem is that none of them, not Sunnis, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Place in Lebanon

Great post on my fellow bloggers site beirutmabitmoot about Beaufort Castle in the Lebanon and its conflict history: http://beirutmabitmoot.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/my-favorite-place-in-lebanon/ Thanks!  

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Resolving the Middle East Tragedy: Amos Oz (1939-)

‘Tragedies can be resolved in one of two ways: there is the Shakespearean resolution and there is the Chekhovian one. At the end of a Shakespearean tragedy, the stage is strewn with dead bodies and maybe there’s some justice hovering … Continue reading

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Conflict Art: The West Bank

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The Ibrahim’s/Abraham’s Path

A practical way to bridge Jewish, Christian, and Muslim differences Continue reading

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