Syria and Yemen represent two of the final embers of the Arab Spring which swept across the region this decade. The conflicts in both countries have become, in part, proxy wars which have attracted regional players and international actors alike. For its part, U.S. policy has often exacerbated, and not...
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Washington Watch: What the Closure of the US Consulate in East Jerusalem Means
by James Zogby in Washington Watch
This month's prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined "On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem." The release was a statement by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announcing that the US Consulate in East Jerusalem was being closed and its functions were being transferred to the US Embassy in Jerusalem - that was the dangerous part. The disingenuous part was the Secretary's claim that this move had no political meaning since it was merely a cost-saving measure. Continue Reading...
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