September 21, 2013 Iran’s newly elected president, Hassan Rouhani, has lost no time in trying to end the 34-year old political and economic siege imposed on his nation by the United States and its allies. President Barack Obama, having just been wrong-footed over Syria, now faces a surprise Iranian diplomatic […]


July 20, 2013 Here we go again, another round of Mideast peace talk kabuki. A process in which Washington, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization hold intense talks over holding talks, a ritual as stylized as the traditional Japanese dance. In the end, it’s the same empty, cynical ritual, year […]


September 30, 2012 NEW YORK –  Hell week! That’s what this city’s angry, frustrated taxi drivers call each year’s opening of the United Nations.  It was even worse than that in the last two weeks. Narrow, congested island of Manhattan became a nightmare of gridlocked traffic, blocked streets, blaring horns […]