Will Syrians finally leave Al-Qaeda out in the cold?

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?

Mapping out who controls what in the disintegrating Middle East

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

Syria, Iraq, and false conclusions between them

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

Setting the record straight on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

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

It’s time for an honest discussion with Alex Jones and Syrian Girl

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