Martin O’Malley is right about ISIS, and we ignore that at our peril

Let me start with a disclaimer: I haven’t liked Martin O’Malley since I figured out who this Tommy Carcetti guy was (I was years late watching The Wire, sue me), and seeing the legacy of his term as Baltimore mayor engulf that city earlier this year didn’t improve my impression of him. But no matter… Continue reading Martin O’Malley is right about ISIS, and we ignore that at our peril

The price of Turkey’s involvement against ISIS

Turkish “sources” told the Hürriyet Daily News that the deal giving the US and its coalition partners the right to use Incirlik Air Base to stage manned sorties against ISIS in Syria (they were already allowed to use it for unmanned missions) includes an agreement with the US to establish a relatively small safe zone… Continue reading The price of Turkey’s involvement against ISIS

Today in Middle Eastern history: Egypt’s 23 July Revolution (1952)

Today is the anniversary of one of the most important events in the 20th century Middle East, the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy by the Free Officers Movement. This was a group of military officers ostensibly led by General Muhammad Naguib, but really led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was gracious enough to let… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Egypt’s 23 July Revolution (1952)

Today in Middle East history: Egypt’s 23 July Revolution (1952)

Today marks 63 years since one of the most important events in 20th century Middle East history, the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy by the Free Officers Movement. This was a group of military officers ostensibly led by General Muhammad Naguib, but really led by Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was gracious enough to let… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: Egypt’s 23 July Revolution (1952)

Predicting where the Iran deal could break down, at LobeLog

With the Iran deal done and (probably) about to get through legislative challenges both in the US and in Iran, it’s worth really thinking about what potential problems may crop up as the deal is implemented and maintained. While John Kerry is probably right that people who think there was a better deal to be… Continue reading Predicting where the Iran deal could break down, at LobeLog

Turkey may be joining the ISIS fight for real

Earlier today, ISIS fighters reportedly attacked a Turkish border post in Kilis, killing two Turkish soldier and drawing return fire that killed at least one ISIS member. This, combined with Monday’s terrorist bombing of a pro-Kurdish rally in the Turkish town of Suruç, which is being blamed on ISIS, seems like it may have made… Continue reading Turkey may be joining the ISIS fight for real

In Yemen, other very early Qurʾans are in danger of being destroyed

Juan Cole makes an excellent point here: while people (like me) are excited about the very early folios of Qurʾan text that were recently discovered in Birmingham, some of the oldest more complete manuscripts of the Qurʾan are sitting in the Sanaa Manuscript Library and therefore are at risk of being blown to smithereens at… Continue reading In Yemen, other very early Qurʾans are in danger of being destroyed