Greg has written book reviews for Left Turn Magazine, and volunteered with Prison Radio.
The stakes are immense: Will the U.S. and Iran reach an agreement that can end the threat of a nuclear arms race in the volatile Middle East? Or will the U.S. go down the path toward another Middle East War?
Greg Hom analyzes the dizzying events that halted U.S. plans to bomb Syria, reports on the police state apparatus targeting Muslims in New York City, and ends with some thoughts on the possibilities for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran diplomacy.
Washington's post-9/11 Middle East War-a-Thon hit some big roadblocks this month.
The Associated Press decided to not join the rest of the media in being excited about seeing American bombs explode in Syria. Rather, they decided to show that the Obama administration claims that Assad was responsible for a recent gas attack are being refuted by other U.S. officials.
I still read children’s books. I read lots of other stuff, too- histories, novels, the news that I usually comment on for this blog. My reading of children’s books is not (completely) an escape from the normal adult responsibilities in my life. There is plenty of content in children’s titles that can make us think about serious issues in our world.
The two books I want to write about today aren’t from the Middle East- the normal topic of these blog posts- or specifically about it, but they do deal with the issue of militarism and the effects it has on subjugated peoples.
In Greg's blog posts, he comments on recent reporting on, or in-depth analysis of, the "Middle East" you may be interested in.
The last month has shown Syria's war to be spreading across the border with Lebanon and beyond as Hezbollah openly sided with the Assad government. And as Patrick Cockburn wrote in the London Review of Books, “[t]here is virtually no state in the region that hasn’t got some stake in the conflict.” (Is it the end of Sykes-Picot? June 6,2013). Not shying away from that complicated view, Cockburn goes on to enlighten us in this way:
For this post, Greg Hom discusses Israel’s role outside of the Middle East region, and a win for the BDS movement.