Middle East Reports: Uncensored. Unafraid.

Shivan Mahendrarajah
The Middle East that the Washington "Blob" and Israel Lobby don't talk about
Created 26 Sep 2021
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  • ‘Warlords’ of Afghanistan: Polemical Attacks to Marginalize Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazaras
    25 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Political de-legitimization was the intent behind the use of “warlord.” It is a smart missile that only strikes Tajik, Turk, and Hazara political leaders, but cleverly avoids striking Pashtun warlords...
  • Colin Powell’s Iraq War Legacy
    19 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Colin Powell’s death on October 18, 2021 spawned obituaries and media stories that mix praise and criticism, with far more of the former and too little of the latter. This New York Times obituary is r...
  • Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan
    13 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    There is a long and unsavory history of humanitarian and foreign aid being distributed in Afghanistan along ethno-linguistic and/or tribal lines. The UN’s World Food Program was once derisively called...
  • Afghanistan: A Country not a Nation
    11 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    My October 1st essay, Pashtun Ethno-Nationalism and the Collapse of Afghanistan, elicited public comments that ranged from asinine to astute. An observation, that “Afghanistan is a country not a natio...
  • Thou shalt not criticize Israel
    06 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    My October 1st essay on “Israel, a Parasite in the American Body Politic” was widely-read according to my Twitter and Substack statistics. But it was not publicly-disseminated or re-tweeted. This I ex...
  • Pashtun Ethno-Nationalism and the Collapse of Afghanistan
    01 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    “‘Austria’s greatest achievement,’ an old joke goes, “is convincing the world that Beethoven was an Austrian and Hitler a German.” Likewise, credit must go to the Pashtun (Awghan) politicians who conv...
  • Israel, a Parasite in the American Body Politic
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Israel receives substantial military and non-military aid from American taxpayers. Notwithstanding Israel’s status as a highly-developed country, with GDP of $402 billion (2020), historically low unem...
  • Taliban’s Afghanistan and US Counter-terrorism Operations: A Lesson in Geography
    01 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Abstract: The collapse of Afghanistan creates an expanse, from Syria’s and Lebanon’s Mediterranean shores, to the Pakistan-India border—some 3,700 km/2,312 miles—where the United States will have litt...
  • Islamic Art and Architecture at Turbat-i Jam, Iran
    30 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    The shrine of Shaykh Ahmad-i Jam, Iran. The saint’s tumulus is located before the grand arch (iwan) Photo © 2021 Shivan Mahendrarajah The shrine of Shaykh al-Islam Ahmad of Jam has been in existence s...
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