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New Voices of Rebellion Rise in Cuba

New Voices of Rebellion Rise in Cuba

Cuba’s dictatorship retained an allure for many on the global left. But this adulation of a totalitarian system is not stopping those facing down Cuba’s dictatorship on a daily basis from keeping the island’s culture and desire for freedom alive.

The Spectacle of Trump’s Unsuccess

The Spectacle of Trump’s Unsuccess

That America’s first authoritarian commander-in-chief appears to be going out as “Richard III” directed by Corky St. Clair is a relief, but it’s also a testament to just how nourished Trump has been by the mere spectacle of success more than the thing itself.

The Talented Mr. Dahlan

The Talented Mr. Dahlan

How Dahlan ended up in Abu Dhabi at the side of a crown prince is still shrouded in mystery, although the likeliest explanation is that the connections of Mohammed Rashid, an Iraqi Kurd and the PLO’s former “money man,” paved the way.

Neri Zilber
Among Syria’s Revolutionaries

Among Syria’s Revolutionaries

As protests against the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad grew in the early 2010s, the then-US ambassador to Syria. Robert Ford, met with two opposition leaders seeking American support for their causes.

Robert Ford
How Obama Got Pulled into Regime Change in Libya

How Obama Got Pulled into Regime Change in Libya

"As Middle East adviser to President Obama, I saw first-hand why it’s much easier to get rid of a bad regime than to put a good one in place."

Philip H. Gordon
How Libya Became a Battleground for Foreign Powers

How Libya Became a Battleground for Foreign Powers

The first armed conflict of the Arab Spring is now a playground of intervening foreign powers out for themselves. It won’t be the last.

Tarek Megerisi
How Iraq’s Top ISIS Scholar Became a Target for Shiite Militias

How Iraq’s Top ISIS Scholar Became a Target for Shiite Militias

Although Husham al-Hashimi helped the Iraqi government understand and hunt down ISIS terrorists, his last secret research project was on the criminality and extremism of Shiite militias. They assassinated him for it.

Hassan Hassan