I'll be in Jordan for the next week, so there won't be anything until February 10. Enjoy the archives! And hopefully, nothing horrible happens while I'm away.
In my previous post, I posited that Kurdistan as an independent state is inevitable. There's basically two reasons for that: 1). When regions fall into anarchy, oppressed groups get shots they wouldn't otherwise have As the Middle East slides into a more or less permanent state of chaos, Kurdistan will have a chance in two … Continue reading What Kurdistan Will Probably Look Like
A Kurd is not a piece of cheese often used in one of Canada's most treasured of national dishes. It's a type of human being. For most of history, they've been ignored, oppressed, conquered, and passed by, as greater powers nearby sought to use them as a buffer. But now it's looking more and more … Continue reading The Coming of Kurdistan Is Inevitable
The United Nations this weekend asked Iran to have a seat. Holy suicide bombing scrotums! This cannot be allowed! The usual suspects raised a protest. The times they are a-changin' From 1945-79, Iran was the linchpin of America's Anti-Soviet strategy. The Iranian Revolution was a disaster from America's standpoint (and also the standpoint of anyone … Continue reading Iran’s Coming In From the Cold (And won’t be as scary as many think)
The biggest and most populous Arab country just voted to slip back to autocracy. From the chaotic maw the people yearn for a Caesar. If they keep on yearning, they will get him. The actual constitution looks harmless enough - except for one massive oversight, where the military continues to remain above reproach and outside civilian … Continue reading Egypt’s On Its Way Back to Autocracy (And Is Cheered On By Nearly Everyone)
I remember, back in my university days, blogging (before it was called blogging) on the first and second battles of Fallujah. Then, American forces had, in one of the largest battles of the Iraq war, crushed the insurgents of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who I thought was such a perfect villain I even made a MySpace … Continue reading The Al-Qaeda boogeyman returns (Or, Why Does Fallujah Insist on Getting Blown Up So Often?)
Disclaimer: Iraq's natural state is not a violent, psychopathic Madmax-esque land of broken dreams and slaughtered sects. It's natural state is actually a divided one. First, let's take a run-down of Iraqi history and geography to understand how it got to where it is today. Ancient Iraq was not called Iraq; also, it was independent … Continue reading Iraq Slides Back to Its Natural State
Off I go on holiday and suddenly there's a civil war in South Sudan. What, exactly, went down? Well, there are specifics - and they are better detailed elsewhere - and there are the generalities, which carry the grand geopolitical sweep of things. Like many of Africa's conflicts, South Sudan suffers the effects of rapid … Continue reading What the hell happened in South Sudan? (You can blame tribalism)