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The Need for Arab Initiatives to Resolve Regional Crises

Currently, there are two key opportunities led by the United Nations worth supporting because there are no alternatives, both in Libya and Yemen. The situation in these two countries, as well as in Syria, is heart wrenching, which requires urgent actions regardless of calculations about who wins and who loses, and who is right and who is wrong. Show More Summary

The Woman Who Told Libyans to "Fight Peacefully by Using Your Vote"

A year ago today, what many saw as Libya's last chance for a democratic future ended in the kind of tragedy and violence that has marked the country's recent history. Many thousands had been expected to vote in the general elections but fears over security saw more than three quarters of registered voters stay at home. Show More Summary

Turmoil in the Middle East Seems Constant, and U.S. Military Intervention Only Makes It Worse

Recently, the U.S. government has been dealt setbacks in five of the seven developing, Islamic countries in which its military recently has attacked or invaded since 9/11--Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen. In the other twoShow More Summary

Interview With Guardian Foreign Correspondent and Mafia State Author, Luke Harding

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent from the Guardian, with extensive experience in conflict zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Georgia and Ukraine. He has also worked as a journalist out of Delhi, Berlin and Moscow. Show More Summary

Europe Is Playing With Fire by Considering Military Intervention in Libya

COPENHAGEN - For months, U.N. special envoy Bernardino León has worked on a deal to secure a new unity government in Libya that would bring an end to the armed conflict that for almost a year has threatened to tear the country apart....Show More Summary

The ISIS Strategy to 'Seize Rome' Unfolds

Back in February of this year the terrorist organization ISIS announced that it intended to invade Rome. The International Business Times reported that: As the Islamic State group expands its reach into Libya, the group also known as ISIS sits on the doorstep of a nation that has one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe: Italy. Show More Summary

Sisi's Egypt Pushes Migrants into the Sea

Europe wept crocodile tears over the mass grave that the Mediterranean has become. Reactions ranged from a begrudging acknowledgment from British officials that they got the consequences of Nato's military intervention in Libya wrong, to calls for another one. Show More Summary

Managing Europe's Migration Crisis

The capsizing of a vessel holding roughly 700 migrants bound for Italy from Libya marks the single largest loss of life since 2011, when the current wave of crossings began. Unfortunately, it is neither the first nor last tragedy of its kind. Show More Summary

An interview with Libya's ambassador to the United Nations

Civil war-torn Libya is rapidly approaching the status of a failed state -- and providing a haven for transnational terror and criminal organizations. The leader of Ansar Al-Shari'a, the largest jihadist group in Libya, has pledged allegiance to ISIS. Show More Summary

The Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

Overloaded Boat of Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean The civil wars that are tearing apart Libya and Syria are precipitating yet another humanitarian crisis as boat loads of desperate refugees attempt to cross the Mediterranean in order to seek asylum in the European Community. Show More Summary

Yemen: Another Failed U.S. Military Intervention

In addition to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya, yet another U.S. military intervention is in shambles: the U.S. drone war against al Qaeda's most potent regional affiliate--al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Heretofore, despite the...Show More Summary

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Nearly four years after NATO-backed rebels toppled the former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the North Africa country has plunged into chaotic unrest. The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident...Show More Summary

The Future of the Middle East

When I'm watching videos of ISIS destroying ancient statues or news coverage of the wars in Yemen, Libya, Syria, and Iraq, I'm thinking about other "victims" of the current turmoil in the Middle East--my students at the American University of Beirut. Show More Summary

American People Should Hold War Lobby Accountable For Libya Debacle

Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. Yet Washington's involvement in Afghanistan persists as the administration slows the withdrawal of American forces. Worse, pressure is building for the U.S. Show More Summary

New Pressures on the UN Security Council to Lift Its Arms Embargo on Libya

Pressures mounted on the United Nations Security Council yesterday to lift its international embargo on arms to the Libyan government. In an interview with journalist Valerio Robecco, Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said, "A time limit should be set for militias to leave the capital and a government of national united needs to be formed. Show More Summary

ISIS Jihadi Madness a Legacy of America's "Shock and Awe"

As I watch the black clad ISIS Jihadis rampage across Iraq and Syria and Libya, wantonly decapitating their enemies, setting their captives alight and committing atrocities against Yazidi women and girls - among other Arab and Iraqi women - two things come to mind. Show More Summary

The Italian Dilemma

Vibo Marina, Italy. February 16 2015 There is a lot of news out of Libya today and none of it is good. The rescue of two thousand boat migrants from the hands of gun-wielding smugglers led the early bulletins but was later overshadowed by reports that Egyptian jets had struck Islamist militias. Show More Summary

Libya is the New Syria: How ISIL Exploited the Post-Gaddafi Vacuum

The Obama administration, and its French and British lackeys, heralded the toppling of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 as a humanitarian triumph. However, predictably, the decapitation of the Libyan state directly enabled the...Show More Summary

Yemen = (Somalia + Libya) / Syria x Saudi Arabia + Iran

What do the Paris terror attacks and the failing, chaotic nation of Yemen have in common? Far too much it turns out. Until the horrific events in Paris, the dangerous jihadi underground express running to and from Europe and the U.S....Show More Summary

Cemetery in the Sea Betrays Europe's Moral Crisis

Last Tuesday, a baby boy was born on an Italian Navy ship in the Mediterranean. The mother, a young Eritrean woman, was among 430 refugees picked up in the Straight of Sicily, as she made the dangerous trip to Europe from Libya. TheShow More Summary

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