Afghani Parliamentarians Challenge White House Story

READING: - Pahjwok Afghan News’ “Up to 20 US troops executed Panjwai massacre: probe” OUR TAKE: The Afghan villagers of Kandahar province reported seeing more than one shooter. President Hamid Karzai initially referred to only one shooter but later changed his mind, citing a young boy’s eye-witness testimony. If the parliamentary probe has any credibility, then the current White House…

Americans See Rising Gases Prices Due To Speculation

READING: GlobalResearch’s ‘Why The Huge Spike in Oil Prices? “Peak Oil” or Wall Street Speculation? ‘ OUR TAKE: While President Obama is busy setting tougher sanctions on Iran for questionable allegations that Iran is seeking the bomb, gas prices are on the rise. In the Los Angeles area alone, prices have hit $5 for premium…

Syria’s Fractured Opposition

As events become more tumultuous in Syria,  questions must be posed as to who the driving forces behind the “rebellion” are.  What began as a people’s movement for democracy has become clouded by an array of  factions serving seemingly incompatible interests. The fracturing of the conflict ridden Syrian National Council (SNC)  is just the most…

Sunni And Shia, Conflicting Views

Following up on our tour of the various factions involved in Middle Eastern affairs, we take a look at the evolution of the Sunni and Shi’ite sects of Islam and the growth of the state of Islam. The fracture between the two sects dates back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet’s father-in-law…

Who Are The Alawites?

The Alawites have inhabited the coastal mountain area of Syria for more than a thousand years. For the majority of that time, they knew only persecution from the Sunni majority inhabiting Syria.  Alawites generally keep the tenets of their faith secret to outsiders, however their religious observances do not include the emphasis on prayer, pilgrimage,…

The “Arab Spring”

While originating from the same desire for freedom and democracy as other nations of the “Arab Spring”, the Syrian uprising has become a far more complex beast, of which the consequences spread far beyond the middle east region.  Heated debate has sprung between nations who long have been at odds,  straining efforts in diplomacy between…

Why the Middle East Matters

The United States has a long history of interfering with the politics of other countries to protect US interests and at the expense of democracy and human rights. The history of US meddling is well documented and expands beyond the more well known CIA escapades in Latin America.