Today, the Silk Road stops in Abu Dis. The road no longer goes through Jerusalem, and can no longer reach the sea. That grimy, garbage-strewn dead end marks the end of 2,202 years of history.
Beginning around 100 BC, the fabled Silk Road brought goods and travelers from China and Central Asia, through the lands of Persia and Mesopotamia, and over...
An interview with the President of the Lebanese General Workers Union (CGTL) on the May 2008 crisis in Lebanon.
The Bush administration’s attempt to make permanent its occupation of Iraq through imposing a “bilateral” agreement on the Iraqi government is facing growing opposition in Iraq.
The Bush administration is escalating its efforts to make permanent its occupation of Iraq through imposing a "bilateral" agreement on the Iraqi government, but Iraqi...
In a period of rapid decline of American power around the world, the danger of choosing military force to assert US global reach becomes more, not less likely, and nowhere is that more clear than in the Middle East.
This is a period of rapid and dramatic decline of American economic power around the world, and that, along with massive anger...
I gave a dollar to a shabbily dressed young man holding a “help me” sign on a Market Street in San Francisco. Most Saturday shoppers, many of them foreign tourists taking advantage of the cheap dollar, ignored him and the scores of homeless people hoping to score some spare change. Dave thanked me.
I asked him why he wasn’t...
Samah Idriss speaks about the May 2008 Lebanese crisis.
Why do some countries achieve independence and not others? The key factor is "post-colonial sequestration syndrome", argues Fred Halliday, who connects the experience of aspirants to statehood with the moment of international power-politics which enmeshes them
Two current and high-profile events - the crisis in and around Tibet following the Lhasa...
Relations between India and Iran, which deteriorated over the past three years from traditional friendship and warmth into mutual suspicion and tension, have started looking up again.
NEW DELHI, May 2 (IPS) - Relations between India and Iran, which deteriorated over the past three years from traditional friendship and warmth into mutual suspicion...
Last year we were told that British naval officers were indisputably in Iraqi waters. If only we had been more sceptical
Are we so used to dodgy dossiers that the new evidence about the Iranian capture last year of British sailors and marines doesn't really matter?
The single most important purpose of the Petraeus-Crocker hearing was to ratchet up tensions with Iran, in addition to justify the "surge" and defend permanent occupation.
Even before the House version gets underway on Wednesday, it's clear that Day One of the Petraeus-Crocker show is all about political theater - starring a 4-star general with a...