President George W. Bush likes to call himself "the war president" and strike martial poses against patriotic backdrops, a trick he learned from another president who never saw military action, Ronald Reagan. In spite of Iraq and other foreign policy misadventures, and failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks, polls show that when it comes to... Read More
As a shaky cease-fire goes into effect in Lebanon, Israel's generals and politicians are furiously blaming one another for what many Israelis are calling a major political and military defeat. After 31 days of fighting, Israel has nothing to show but world-wide condemnation (the US excepted), scores of dead soldiers and civilians, burned forests, displaced... Read More
The news about the Mideast most North Americans get is heavily biased by the media's need to cater to reader prejudices and misconceptions. To find out what's really going on in Israel, I turn to that nation's finest newspaper, Haaretz. Last week, Haaretz columnist Doron Rosenblum wrote a remarkable, explosive analysis that no one would... Read More
The spreading war in Lebanon and the ghastly massacre at Qana has bared the bizarre contradictions and self-destructive nature of US Mideast policy. With one hand, the US sends $30 million of food and blankets to Lebanon for the 20% of its population made refugees by the American-encouraged Israeli bombing. With the other, it rushes... Read More
Israel's relentless Biblical destruction of Lebanon continues, except that the old Testament calls for "an eye for an eye," while the new Israeli interpretation of vengeance has become ten Arab eyes for one Israeli one. As of this writing, hundreds of civilians in Lebanon have been killed by Israeli bombing and shelling; over 500,000 are... Read More
As Israel's ferocious and relentless destruction of Lebanon's infrastructure continues, veteran Mideast observers are experiencing a dismaying sense of déjà vu. In early June, 1982, the Reagan Administration in Washington gave Israel's then defense minister, Ariel Sharon, a green light to invade Lebanon. The inept US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, told Sharon he could... Read More
The Bush administration, Israel and U.S.-aligned Arab states have been blaming Iran and Syria for igniting the worst Mideast fighting in many years. They claim Iran and ally Syria got Lebanon's political-military movement, Hezbollah, to kidnap two Israeli soldiers in a patch of disputed border territory. Tehran's goal, they say, was to divert attention from... Read More
Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.
He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Lew Rockwell. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.
His internet column www.ericmargolis.com reaches global readers on a daily basis.
As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow.
A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.
A native New Yorker, he maintains residences in Toronto and New York, with frequent visits to Paris.