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Post 2. Sunni – Shi’a Today

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July 22, 2020

First the demographics. Of the 1.6 Billion or so Muslims in the world, roughly 85%, 1.35 Billion, are Sunni, the rest, 15%, 240 million, Shi’a.

Westerners who tend to hyperfocus on Islam in the Arab world likely do not know that only 20% of all Muslims live in the…


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Post 3. 1919 Sykes-Picot Agreement: Planting the Seeds of Conflict

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July 22, 2020

Even before World War 1 was over, two colonial administrators, Mark Sykes for Great Britain and François Georges-Picot for France, aristocrats both, carved up the defunct Ottoman Empire into colonial spheres of influence based on lines drawn quite literally in the sand, Jordan, Palestine and Iraq for Great Britain,…


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Post 4. 1947 – 1948. Al-Nakba: Partition of Palestine and Creation of Israel

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July 22, 2020

Theodore Herzl

In the late 1800’s, Theodore Herzl and other Jewish leaders in Europe began pushing for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, then under Ottoman control.

After World War I, Palestine was governed under Sykes-Picot by the British, and…


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Post 5. Syria 1949: The First, But Not Last, U.S. Coup Against Democratic Governments in Middle East

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July 22, 2020

Syria was created as a French mandate after World War I as the Arab Kingdom of Syria,  but in 1946, with King Faisal as its nominal head, Syria became an independent, democratic, self-governing country. Or so Syrians were led to believe.

Shukri al-Quwatli

Shukri al-Quwatli was elected as independent…


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Post 6. Iran. The 1953 CIA Coup Against Mosaddegh

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July 22, 2020

In 1953, the CIA deposed Mohammed Mosaddegh, the Prime Minister of Iran, and replaced him with Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the man we call “the Shah,” whose autocratic rule led to the 1979 Iranian Revolution and 40 years of enmity between Iran and America. 

How did we get…

JON WALKER MACLEOD
SEATTLE, WA

We live in perilous times, democracy is under attack, rationality and compassion are in short supply, and our planet, our home for 200,000 years, is burning up. We must resist, we must work for a better world. MacLeod Post is my voice in that struggle.

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