Paul Mutter is a contributor to the Arabist, Foreign Policy in Focus, and Mondoweiss.


Egypt’s Eternal Arab Spring

Demonstrators converging on the Egyptian Ministry of Defense were beaten back by armed forces and police.

The Real Lion of Zion: Netanyahu Consolidates Power

Israeli opposition party Kadima is joining with Likud in a unity government.

Ex-Qahdafi Flunkies Debate Claims He Gave Sarkozy 50 Million Euros

French President Nicholas Sarkozy is alleged to have maintained backdoor ties to the Libyan government from 2005 to 2011.

Mid-East Tweeters Probe the Tenderest of Saudi Sore Spots

“No Saudi women will go to hell, because it’s impossible to go there twice,” he tweeted.

Syria Seeks to Turn Annan Peace Proposal Into Surrender Document

The Assad administration seeks to double-down on Kofi Annan’s peace proposal by demanding the opposition turn in its weapons.

Militias Still Have the Run of Libya

Libya’s militias obstruct the National Transitional Council’s attempts to establish a secure state.

Can Spam Solve the Iran-Israel-U.S. Faceoff?

The mainstream media allows politicians and pundits to lie about Iran without calling them out.

Can LOL Cats Help Avert World War III?

Les chats diplomatique.

Qadhafi Family’s Money Confiscated, Accounts Frozen

The Qadhafi family’s money is being confiscated by the new Libyan government and frozen by other states.

Iraq and the Limits of U.S. Power

Iraq is showing leading neoconservatives the limits of America’s influence in a country it laid to waste.

Swift Boat to Bahrain

Despite a pause on most security cooperation with Bahrain, the United States is still supplying it with boats.

“Please Do Not Pet the Islamists”

An Israeli “lawfare” group offers military tours of Israel and its borders.

The Life of an Iraqi Legislator Is Profitable But Perilous

The Iraqi parliament is spending $50 million on armored cars for itself.

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia: Real Muslims Don’t Tweet

Twitter has made it: it’s become the subject of a fatwa.

In the Aftermath of Libya: a Chance to Define “Responsibility to Protect”

Libya is not a convincing precedent for intervening in Syria by arming opposition groups.

Is Libya a “False Analogy” (in Hillary Clinton’s Words) to Syria?

How will the international community react if Syria’s opposition movement comes down firmly in favor of foreign intervention?

Timoney Time in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry has hired the heavy-handed former police chief of Philadelphia and Miami.

Does U.S. Believe Arms Deal With Bahrain Will Encourage Human Rights?

The United States is going ahead with an arms sale to Bahrain despite Congressional opposition and criticism from human rights observers.

Cold Comfort for Egypt

The majority won by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s parliamentary elections presents its ruling junta with challenges.

Exactly Why Did Ehud Barak Postpone a Joint U.S.-Israeli Military Exercise?

This was the first time Israel had ever postponed a joint military exercise; it generated a seismic moment in relations between the U.S. and Israel.