Tag Archives : Syria


Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement

Monday marks 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement between Britain and France. With the then-secret agreement, they planned to divide up much of the Mideast between them at the end of World War I, which was still going on at the time. This post was the result of an interview conducted by accuracy.org, an independent media […]


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From HNN: This Is When Muslims in the Middle East Turned to Extremism 5

The following article by Richard Drake appeared on the History News Network on March 1, 2015. Source: http://www.historynewsnetwork.org/article/158616 In his Messages to the World, Osama bin Laden identified the Treaty of Sèvres as the starting point of Islam’s vendetta against the West. Sèvres is one of the five treaties that concluded the First World War. […]


The Crisis in Ukraine 1

Robert D. English gave a lecture on 1 December in the President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana: “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: Crisis, Causes, and Consequences.” He is the Director of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California and the author, among other books, of Russia and the Idea […]


The Barton-Howe “Report” and the Middle East, Past and Present

From the beginning of America’s direct strategic involvement in the Middle East, immediately following World War I, cogent advice abounded about how the region should be treated. Col. Edward M. House, the close friend and adviser to President Woodrow Wilson, warned that a peace based on the old game of Western imperialism, however artfully disguised […]