“Last Western Journalists” in Eastern Aleppo

Last August, Clarissa Ward gave her famous impassioned “no-winners-in-Aleppo” speech at the UN, moving millions, yet failing to address the country’s problems or proposing solutions. Today I try to shed light on yet another Western journalist, Bilal Abdulkareem of On the Ground News, who provides an entirely different anti-Syrian-state perspective, namely a first-person narrator who tells us first hand about the insurgency’s demands and aspirations beyond the simplistic coverage of mainstream media.

Trump’s Middle East Vision: Sometimes Gross but Comprehensive

Treasures from Middle Eastern Culture - Photo courtesy of Stephen Mansfield
Treasures from Middle Eastern Culture – Photo courtesy of Stephen Mansfield

Donald Trump believes that the U.S. has destabilized the Middle East and made it into a mess. But what does stability mean to Trump?

The GOP presumptive nominee does not view the Middle East in mere black and white. He instead engineers a map of friends and foes across the region with different shades of grey. His categories vary: Allies, “old friends” and potential allies, enemies who “become friends” and those who “will never be anything but our enemies”. His application of these categories appears to be simplistic, but his approach is much more reasonable and comprehensive than current U.S. policy. Continue reading “Trump’s Middle East Vision: Sometimes Gross but Comprehensive”