The 2014 Policy Conference of the most powerful pro-Israel Lobby group in the United States, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), ended on March 4 after three days of high-level speeches, fundraising and lobbying of the US Congress.
Pro-Israel Lobby leans towards tough rhetoric on Iran and the peace process
- 05 March 2014
- Ramy Srour
Iran sanctions bill's demise shatters the myth of AIPAC's invincibility
- 19 February 2014
- Ramy Srour
As top diplomats from Iran, the European Union and six world powers convene in Vienna this week to negotiate the terms of a long-term agreement on Iran's controversial nuclear programme, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), by far the most influential pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States, seems to be in the midst of a political crisis that has weakened the long-standing perception of its invincibility.
The US and Al-Qaeda: Unveiling the root causes of sectarian violence in Iraq
- 06 February 2014
- Ramy Srour
Only days after Al-Qaeda publicly disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the militant organisation whose members have been fighting in the midst of the three-year-old Syrian conflict, provoking a highly-destabilizing 'spillover effect' in the western part of neighbouring Iraq, the state of US policy in Iraq remains highly unclear.
US rationale for turning to Iran
- 21 January 2014
- Osama Abu Irshaid
The interim agreement between Iran and the P5 +1 world powers (the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany) in Geneva on November 24 last year, which saw restrictions imposed on its nuclear programme in exchange for a slight easing of sanctions, was a surprise and shock to observers, not least to America's main allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
The Guantanamo Experiment: letter from detainee on Gitmo's 12th year
- 10 January 2014
- Emad Hassan, ISN 680
Emad Abdallah Hassan, a 34 year old Yemeni national, has been detained by the US government in Guantanamo Bay for over 10 years, almost a third of his life. In peaceful protest against his ongoing detention without trial, where he is subject to abuse, Emad has spent most of these years on hunger strike. Incredibly, the US government cleared Emad for release several years ago but he is still detained and subject to continued abuse. Despite his worryingly frail health, Emad wrote this letter to his lawyers at Reprieve for the twelfth anniversary of Guantanamo tomorrow