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Chinese Merchants Target Northern Iraq

February 15, 2011


A Chinese woman stocks the shelves of her store in a Chinese marketplace in semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan in northern Iraq.  She got there because she responded to an ad from a Chinese company. She and the company believe there will be expanding opportunities in this region of Iraq: “I came to do business here. I […]

Iran and Saudi Arabia Want Input Into UN Women’s Issues

November 10, 2010


The confrontation of Muslim and other culture over women’s issues is at hand.  Perhaps its a good thing to allow Iran and Saudi Arabia to join a forum on women’s rights and let the world determine if their way, their views are in keeping with international consensus.  More engagement in non-military settings cannot hurt and […]

Tariq Aziz Should NOT be Hanged.

November 9, 2010


Writing at, Christopher Hitchens has come out in support of not hanging Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein’s former henchman, deputy and intermediary with the Western Press. The reasons for  his sentence appear to be more the result of sectarian prejudice rather than the rule of law.  If carried out, it could only inflame an already […]

War Correspondent Michael Ware Leaves CNN – Suffers Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

September 26, 2010

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Michael Ware was that voice of the CNN press in Iraq that spoke from a deep knowledge of the region and its people with a decidedly Australian accent.  His perspective was balanced. But then something happened. He watched a young insurgent with a gun get shot in the back of the head by a US […]

Hotel White House – Just Another Stop on Obama’s Endless Journey To Nowhere

September 5, 2010


Obama doesn’t live in the White House.  He just stops over there when he is in town.  The refurbished Oval Office looks like a hotel lobby because, well, that’s the feeling of “home” to which the Obamas have become accustomed This past week, the end of “combat” in Iraq had the feeling less of “turning […]

Obama on Iraq: The Un-President Leaves an Uncertain Future to Iraqis

September 1, 2010


No one but an Un-President could deliver up such an unsatisfactory sign off to our bloody involvement in Iraq and to the support of the people there whose lives we had touched. “The United States has paid a huge price to put the future of Iraq in the hands of its people,” he said. “We […]

Middle East War Fueled by “Ignorant, Arrogant Risk Takers”

August 23, 2010


The International Center for Terrorism Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies presented a special Luncheon Seminar, “The Next Middle East Wars: Lebanon, Gaza and Iran?” at noon on Wednesday, August 18. Panelists  included Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director of ICTS; Amb. Theodore Kattouff (Ret.), Former US Ambassador to Syria and President and CEO, AMIDEAST; Dr. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in […]