9/11 Turns Eighteen

September 11, 2019 Philip C Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org It’s September 11th again and we’ve come upon the 18th anniversary of the horrific events that occurred at the hands of 19 al-Qaeda members back in 2001. Eighteen years. If this anniversary were a person, he or she would be old enough to vote. Old enough to … Continue reading 9/11 Turns Eighteen

Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada

September 24, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Mr. Radwan Mortada is a TV news producer for Al Jadeed TV and a journalist for Al-Akhbar newspaper in Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a friend of mine and today I had the pleasure of sitting down with him in Beirut to discuss the constantly evolving and ever-confusing … Continue reading Beirut: Why I Love Talking to Radwan Mortada

9/11: Seventeen Years Later, the World Continues to Change

September 11, 2018 Phil Johnson, Ph.D. http://www.globalnext.org Again, it’s the anniversary of  9/11. The 17th anniversary to be exact. It is sobering to think of how many years have already passed since the horrific events of 9/11 when Muslim terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes and attacked New York City and Washington, D.C. Nearly 3000 people were … Continue reading 9/11: Seventeen Years Later, the World Continues to Change

Donald Trump, U.S. Immigration and the Muslim World

January 29, 2016 If you have’t heard yet, Donald Trump is running for President of the U.S. Oh - and he’s going to make America great again! We’ll see about that... but the billionaire is famous for speaking his mind and it hasn’t seemed to hurt him in the polls yet. (He gets more media … Continue reading Donald Trump, U.S. Immigration and the Muslim World

Rome, Qatar and Chasing Rabbits

November 24, 2014 I recently returned from conducting a leadership conference in Italy followed by some research work in Qatar - two very different places, and each with a unique voice in the world. Rome is the home of the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis (who was recently ranked as the 4th most powerful … Continue reading Rome, Qatar and Chasing Rabbits

THE US AND AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT CHAPTER

May 29, 2014US President Obama has made it clear that he plans to withdraw ALL troops from Afghanistan by 2016. After more than a decade of fighting, spending, training and dying, Obama is going to try to keep his vision of ending two wars before he leaves office. (Note, “ending,” not necessarily winning.) The Good News:We’re … Continue reading THE US AND AFGHANISTAN: THE NEXT CHAPTER

Lebanon: Caught in Syria’s War

March 13, 2014Lebanon is complicated. There’s no other way to describe it. Walking down busy Hamra Street you will see miniskirts and hijabs side by side. Lebanon has 19 official religions. There’s the Lebanese army and then there is Hezbollah. The Lebanese coalition government finally put its pieces in place, but new elections are “scheduled” … Continue reading Lebanon: Caught in Syria’s War

MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Iran, Libya, Iraq and Egypt

January 15, 2014 Well, it’s only January, but it’s time to do a quick update on what’s going on in the Middle East. There are four issues that deserve our attention. DEAL WITH IRAN The West struck a landmark deal with Iran over their nuclear program. Under the deal, Iran has agreed to cap the … Continue reading MIDDLE EAST UPDATE: Iran, Libya, Iraq and Egypt

Syrian President Assad: Brilliant Politician

(Photo by Spencer Irvine) How do you wage a civil war, get accused of using chemical weapons on your citizens, avoid a US military strike, admit that you actually have chemical weapons, sit for two US televised interviews and pretty much guarantee that you’ll stay in power? Ask Mr. Bashar al-Assad - because that’s exactly … Continue reading Syrian President Assad: Brilliant Politician

Syria, Chemical Weapons and the US Response

My source inside of Syria contacted me today. He’s a Syrian journalist in Damascus covering the ongoing civil war. He doesn’t want me to use his name, but I trust his information - I’ve literally put my life in his hands when I worked on a project in Damascus back in 2009.  After giving me … Continue reading Syria, Chemical Weapons and the US Response