Since they burst onto the scene in early 2012, their spiritual pledge to the world’s most hated people have stirred up fear and resentment, enough to divert the average American or European away from supporting the rebellion in Syria that their tactics now play a leading role in. These actions, for many, replaced iconic images of … More Will Syrians finally leave Al-Qaeda out in the cold?
Below are some (mostly) reliable interactive maps drafted by a Wikipedia network that show the current situations in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen – four countries once caught up in the “Arab Spring” revolutions that are now wracked by factional warfare with no end in sight anytime soon. I’ve included a brief description and a … More Mapping out who controls what in the disintegrating Middle East
I would like to invite everyone to read Faction, a short story I published through the Voice of Kurdistan about the Syrian Civil War. Prior to putting this together it had been a while since my last effort at fiction, but I felt compelled to act over the Summer when my desire to actually visit Syria … More Faction: my mystical journey into Syria
Column I wrote that was published in the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s largest English-language newspaper: The consensus last week seemed to be that democracy prevailed in the West because the will of the people was carried successfully. It goes something like this: against a grain of rogue politicians with their own agendas, a war-weary public in … More Syria, Iraq, and false conclusions between them
This is a column I put together last month, shortly before the chemical attack outside of Damascus: Fear of Al-Qaeda is winning the government hearts and minds, but the battle for the Levant is not what it is being portrayed as While the world was enamored with the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt … More Setting the record straight on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad
Recently on Twitter I posted that I would like to challenge Alex Jones and “Syrian Girl” — his key adviser on the situation in the Middle East — to a debate. I understand the difficulties, given that they are both busy and probably don’t have time for a Bay Area freelance journalist in the middle … More It’s time for an honest discussion with Alex Jones and Syrian Girl
It didn’t take long for followers of Alex Jones to respond to my Canada Free Press column that was published last week. Some were tepid and mildly critical of how I called the radio host out over his appearance on Iran’s Press TV, a news channel where reality usually meets a violent end under the gazing eyes … More The faithful make their voices heard