This date in history: January 16

Originally posted on and that's the way it was:
I don’t have a long tale to share today, but January 16 is the anniversary of a few important days in Middle East-related history that should be commemorated. On this date in 929, Abd al-Rahman III declared that his Emirate of Cordoba was no more,…

No, really, the Shah was no prize

I wanted to spend a little more time on the Fox News piece I poked fun at yesterday, because it reflects the kind of blinkered ahistorical view about Iran that gets a lot of play in the right-wing media, and virtually no pushback from the actual media or the left. The writers of the piece,… Continue reading No, really, the Shah was no prize