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Whither Mideast Peace? Profiles on John Bolton, Dinesh D’Souza, and more

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FEATURED ARTICLES

The Last Summit

By Leon Hadar

There is little reason to think the recently revived Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will result in significant changes. Weakened leaders, growing instability in the Middle East, and rapidly changing international conditions will likely conspire to prevent a real and lasting peace. With U.S. geopolitical influence on the wane and the country’s domestic discourse taking a hard right turn, President Obama’s current peace processing could prove to be the last American diplomatic hurrah in the Middle East. What this spells for the future of the Holy Land is hard to predict, but neoconservatives and their Likud comrades will surely be pleased. Read full article.

 

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Trying to Keep the Talks Alive

By Jim Lobe

With Israeli-Palestinian tensions rising and the peace process faltering, the Obama administration has made a controversial offer to Israel’s right-wing Likud-led government in order to have the moratorium on settlement construction extended.  Read full story.

The Senate’s Bipartisan Effort to Undermine Mideast Peace

By Stephen Zunes

Just as President Obama began to renew pressure on Israel to freeze the expansion of settlements in Palestinian territories, leading congressional Democrats joined with Republicans to try to stop him. Read full story.

 

FEATURED PROFILES

John Bolton

The controversial former ambassador to the UN and long-standing uberhawk, Bolton seems to fashion himself presidential material.

Dinesh D’Souza

D’Souza, recently appointed president of the Evangelical Christian King’s College in New York City, has made a splash with his new book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, which makes the peculiar argument that the anti-colonialism espoused by Obama’s father is behind the president’s purportedly radical policies.

John Hannah

Hannah is a political pundit and adviser closely associated with the hawkish “pro-Israel” lobby.

Jeffrey Bell

A longtime right-wing activist, Bell sees the Tea Party and social conservatism as being at heart a single movement based on what he terms “America’s founding values.”

 

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Amid rising calls for preparing to strike Iran, the Obama administration imposed new unilateral sanctions on Iranian officials accused of committing "sustained and severe violations of human rights.”

Zoellick Embraces “Multi-Polar World Economy”

World Bank head Robert Zoellick, the one-time backer of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East to solve regional problems, now says the "new, fast-evolving multi-polar world economy" requires new thinking and greater fiscal transparency from the bank itself.

Syria’s Advantage in the Peace Process

As the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama struggles to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Syria is well positioned to benefit no matter the outcome.

US Hardline on Taliban Peace Talks

The Obama administration has reportedly taken its first steps toward a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan by exploring the possibility of talks with the Taliban.

Growing US Public Acceptance of Dwindling Global Role

A new survey reveals the American public is looking increasingly toward reducing Washington's role in world affairs, especially in conflicts that do not directly concern the United States.

The Great Sharia Conspiracy

Recent efforts by right-wing groups and individuals to hype the purported threat to the United States posed by shariah law cap a summer of attacks on Islam in the U.S.

Rights Groups Leery of Surge in Wartime Contractors

Three years after Blackwater security guards gunned down unarmed civilians in Baghdad, not nearly enough has been done to improve oversight and accountability of private contractors abroad, says a new report.

Petraeus Spin on IED War Belied by Soaring Casualties

General Petraeus’ recent claim that the security situation in Afghanistan is slowly improving is contradicted by Pentagon data, which reveals a sharp increase in the number of NATO troops killed by Taliban using improvised explosive devices.

Competing Rallies on 9/11 Anniversary

Competing rallies in New York City on the anniversary of 9/11 revealed a deep divide in how Americans interpret the events of 9/11 and view Islam.

 

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