The Challenges of the Middle East

September 2019

by Haviland Smith It is clear that there are powerful people both in the United States and in Iran who would like to force a real confrontation between our two countries.  What is completely unclear is whether or not those … Continued

The Zombie Returns

September 2019

Middle East Peace Plan Would Create Palestinian Bantustan
by Edward Marks

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February 2019

George H.W. Bush held diplomatic posts at the United Nations and in Beijing before becoming vice president and then president of the United States.  As U.S. Ambassador to the UN 1971-73, Bush said “I learned that the United Nations is … Continued

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November 2018

Dr. Khaled al-Asaad, a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities for the ancient city of Palmyra was publicly beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2015. This 2002 picture shows al-Asaad in front of a first century sarcophagus from Palmyra. Photograph: Marc Deville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Moved by the international outcry over ISIS destruction in Iraq and Syria, and with the Syrian state in disarray, the Congress in 2016 enacted emergency legislation to block the importation of illegally acquired Syrian antiquities to the United States. The State Department also began to take a serious interest in the relationship between terrorism and the destruction and trafficking of antiquities.