The Palestinian blood on our hands

The deadly conflict between Israel and the partially recognized State of Palestine in the as hot as suggestive lands of the Middle East has been raging for over 50 years, if one wants to identify the start of the feud in the controversial proclamation of the birth of Israel by David Ben Gurion. After all these years,…

The cloudy sky over the Celestial Empire

“Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin” reads an ancient Chinese proverb, meaning that if one does not take action in time, the evil opposed is likely to become too massive to be ever defeated. The contorting question that many high-level officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC),…

What is the lie on Iran worth?

I understand some may feel that I am whipping a horse that will not run, but someone has to tell the sane side of this situation for there is already enough misinformation being reported about the Vienna nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. When the news is not about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and…

Will IS become a functioning state?

Before the article itself, I have to make a necessary clarification. Some readers, some who probably do not know me and my personal story, might see this as some sort of veiled support for ISIS and its radical jihadism. Please be assured that it is definitely not, for you see (or will be able to see)…

Double or nothing

A politician … is a man who thinks of the next election; while the statesman thinks of the next generation. James Freeman Clarke Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Bech, Johan Willem Beyen, Winston Churchill, Alcide De Gasperi, Walter Hallstein, Sicco Mansholt, Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Paul-Henri Spaak, Altiero Spinelli. These names are unanimously considered the founding fathers…

What are they thinking?

For an unspecified number of years there has been a wealth of ideas flowing in and around the Middle East as to what it would take to bring peace among the warring factions. In all those decades, a handful of experts have looked for a real reason behind the conflict: some say religion, others believe it’s about land,…

Looking for the linchpin

As a prelude to this article, I must say that my university studies concerned international relations and conflict management, causes and results of the wars with emphasis on the Middle East. A couple of years ago, I researched my tail off trying to find a linchpin point that could turn the world into a bloody mess,…

Israel’s ‘odi et amo’ policy

Odi et amo. Quare id faciam fortasse requiris. Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.* *I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do this. I do not know, but I feel it happen and I am torn apart. Catullus Reconstructing the history of the conflict between the Arab nations and the neighboring State…

On the road to Afghanistan

The above title kind of sounds like a 1940’s movie with Bing Crosby and Bob Hopebut, but in this case and in today’s world it has to be about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the crumbling situation in the Central Asian nation of Afghanistan. The big news is that the United…

A brand new U.S. foreign policy

Maybe it is time for the US to re-think their foreign policy. I mean, Washington is now one of the world’s leading oil producers and therefore doesn’t need to go around prostrating itself to a number of corrupt, extremist regimes. It’s time to stop coddling these countries to gain access to a resource that we…

The Middle Eastern chess game

My international relations professor in college taught me one thing that I will take to my grave: nothing is as it appears when dealing with the Middle East. Back in those days, I thought he was being a little bit melodramatic about the situation, but then I went to work in Tunisia only to find…

Unveiling the curtain

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the European Union and the United States has aroused many controversies and questions. Not only might it be the most important free trade agreement of our times, as well as the foundation for a transatlantic trade hegemony, but also the basis for a stronger political alliance…