Middle East

Malaysia is applying the lessons it learned mismanaging MH370 to managing MH317. (Photo: Richard Deakin / Flickr)

Malaysia is applying the lessons it learned mismanaging MH370 to managing MH317. (Photo: Richard Deakin / Flickr)

The blame game has already begun over the Malaysian airliner that appears to have been downed by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Both the West and Ukraine insist that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be Continue →

Smiling Man

“The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”~ Sonya Friedman

Five years ago I was driven, determined, and thriving. I was in the middle of a career in financial services that had started in sales, led to management, and, at that point, had me pushing myself and competing as Continue →

Working Hard

“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha

On any given day, you can find me perched on the edge of my chair, staring at a computer screen. My setup is most definitely ergonomically incorrect, and my posture would make any yoga teacher cringe.

I type Continue →


POMED Notes: Libya: Updates from the Field

by Shiyun on July 22, 2014


On Monday, July 21, Atlantic Council held an event entitled “Libya: Update from the Field.” Fadel Lamen, President of the National Dialogue Preparatory Commission and Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council, spoke on the status of Libya’s transitional process in the current Continue →


Photo Credit: NEO

On Monday July 21, 2014, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held an event entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East.” The event featured Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Paul R. Pillar, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Continue →


Libya Announces Final Election Results

by Jeremy on July 22, 2014


Photo Credit: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo

After Libya’s final parliamentary election results were announced, “Liberal factions” appear to be the biggest winners as “commentators say liberals will fill most seats in the new parliament, unlike the former assembly which was dominated by Islamists.”

A Libyan government official, Younes Fannouch, told AFP that “according to my estimates, Continue →

Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen – @matthias1981 July 22, 2014

Islamic state: a lion and a fox?

The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result Continue →


Then came the attack of September 11th. Like the starting gun of a race that no one knew he was to run, this explosion set the pack of nations off in a single direction -- toward the trenches...


Democracy Now! 2014-07-22 Tuesday

by Amy Goodman on July 22, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-07-22 TuesdayHeadlines for July 22, 2014"A Place of Indescribable Loss": As Ceasefire Talks Begin, Israel Bombs Hospital, Mosques and HomesWhat Does Hamas Really Want? Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy on Ending the Crippling Blockade of GazaHow the West Chose War in Continue →

Corruption and Insecurity: A Big Emerging Agenda

by Alex DeWaal on July 22, 2014

corruption map

The Carnegie Working Group on Corruption and Security last month published a paper, Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security.

It’s an important paper: it points to the striking fact that corruption is closely associated with state fragility, and that militant insurgencies are closely associated with opposition to kleptocratic regimes.

It’s also Continue →

Damage to Gaza from Operation Cast Lead in 2009. (Photo: Zoriah / Flickr)

Damage to Gaza from Operation Cast Lead in 2009. (Photo: Zoriah / Flickr)

Cross-posted from Antiwar.com.

Terrorism is defined by Merriam Webster’s dictionary as: “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” One could say Hamas fits this definition Continue →


“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” ~Pema Chodron

After college, I was hustling hard to get a work visa so that I could stay in the US.

But then my mom got caught up in a political scandal, and without much reflection Continue →