Bibi: Be Wary, But Don’t Ignore

In light of Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in front of congress and the subsequent foolhardy letter sent to Iran by the Republicans, the future of the Middle East has been questioned by many, and with reason. Netanyahu has turned increasingly bold, if rash, to appeal to his base (with much success) and the Republicans have been stubborn in their quest to erode Obama’s bargaining power. In spite of this, predictions of an impending war between Israel and Iran are greatly exaggerated. Possibly the most alarmist, José Ignacio Torreblanca, the…

Why Donetsk Will Be Next

Earlier today, a mass protest was held in the eastern Ukranian city of Donetsk, reminiscent of the protests that occurred in the weeks previous in Kiev. But besides sharing the classification of a “mass protest”, today’s protests are fundamentally different; while the Kiev protests were generally made up of ethnic Ukrainians protesting for governmental reform and the removal of the now-former president Yanukovych, the protests in Donetsk consisted of ethnic Russians crying out that they share “the aspirations of Crimea to rejoin Russia”. With Crimea now occupied by Russian military…