Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Balfour Declaration has a lot more importance in hindsight than it really had at the time Balfour wrote it. In 1917, Britain was only just embarking on its period of greatest success in the Middle Eastern theater of World War I, when it captured Baghdad and used the Arab revolt that it had fomented… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Middle East update: November 2 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces captured western Anbar’s large Akkas gas field from ISIS on Thursday. Akkas hasn’t yet entered production so while this is a significant recovery for the Iraqis it’s not a huge loss for ISIS–they weren’t selling the gas. As for the Kurdish situation, little has changed since Baghdad declared an end to talks… Continue reading Middle East update: November 2 2017

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

I approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t shade into politics or advocacy and potentially turn some readers off. But on some topics that becomes almost impossible, and I wouldn’t be keeping up with this history business if I didn’t mention that today is the anniversary of the day in 1917 when… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Middle East update: October 30 2017

IRAQ Masoud Barzani’s supporters didn’t take the news of his kind-of-resignation very well: Barzani’s statements incited his followers in Irbil, Zakho and Dohuk to attack opposition politicians, storm the parliament building, and go after the media and political offices. First, parliamentarian Rabum Maruf of Change was attacked while he was giving a speech to reporters… Continue reading Middle East update: October 30 2017

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Originally posted on and that's the way it was:
I’m kind of cringing at writing this, because you can’t really talk about the Balfour Declaration without pissing somebody off and I actually approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t do that (I don’t so much care whether or not I do…

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)

I’m kind of cringing at writing this, because you can’t really talk about the Balfour Declaration without pissing somebody off and I actually approach these historical pieces with the hope that I won’t do that (I don’t so much care whether or not I do it with the other stuff I write). But I wouldn’t… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Balfour Declaration (1917)