Detroit (Special to Informed Comment) – Since its creation in 1920 during the Sam Remo Conference, led by the victors of WWI, the nation-state of Syria has endured a seemingly perpetual cycle of violence illustrated by numerous revolts, rebellions, coups, uprisings, and internecine conflicts over the decades and which continue to haunt the country of […]
Is Covid-19 Iraq’s Next Desert Storm? The American-Built State was already a Violent Shambles with Little Healthcare
Detroit (Special to Informed Comment) – Iraq has endured decades of destabilizing political and military turbulence that has threatened its survivability as a nation-state. Its political infrastructure has been coopted by sectarianism and horrendous levels of corruption, its military is weak and disoriented, the country has endured years of war, occupation, terrorism, and civil strife, […]
America, the Vulnerable: COVID-19 and the Exposure of a Broken System
The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 (‘Coronavirus Disease’, virus name SARS-CoV-2 for ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2’), was first identified in Hubei province and the city of Wuhan, China in early December of 2019 (though a case from Nov. 17, 2019 may be the earliest according to LiveScience) and has spread across 151 countries […]
Could Instability in Lebanon Further Strengthen Hezbollah, or Will the Sectarian order Collapse?
Detroit (Special to Informed Comment) – Since its inception as a French mandate at the San Remo Conference in 1920, Lebanon has lived on the cusp of chaos economically, militarily, and politically. For many, life in the mountainous country has been synonymous with major political crises (like the events of 1958 and Operation Blue Bat, […]
Caught between Iran, the Sunnis and the US, is Iraq a State without a Nation?
By Tareq A. Ramadan | – (Informed Comment) – The fall of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist dictatorship in March of 2003 was a cataclysmic political event for the Iraqi state. Sixteen years later, the fallout continues to shape and re-shape its political, religious, social, cultural, judicial, and economic life. Over the years, and as a result […]