Ali Gharib

Ali Gharib is a national security reporter for ThinkProgress.org covering U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly Iran. Before joining the Center for American Progress, he wrote and blogged for Inter Press Service as well as the Columbia Journalism Review’s website, ForeignPolicy.com, and Common Dreams, among other outlets.

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Thursday, October 06, 2016
What Tim Kaine Actually Got Wrong About the Iran Nuclear Deal During the Veep Debate
An exchange about Iran during this week's vice presidential debate is getting a lot of attention from mainstream media fact-checkers. The discussion about the Iran nuclear deal came as Virginia Democratic senator was listing the national security bona fides of his running mate, Hillary Clinton. “...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Obama Pledged to Stop the Afghanistan War, But Its End is Nowhere in Sight
President Obama on Thursday proclaimed to be against endless wars, even as he announced that the US will continue to wage one. “I’ve decided to maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through most of next year,” Obama said at a press conference where he also reversed his prior...
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Obama Should Stand With Ahmed—at His Mosque in Texas
O n Monday afternoon, an unassuming kid—a nerd, a geek, with his glasses and his NASA shirt—was led away from his Irving, Texas, school in handcuffs, for all his classmates to see. A perp walk. His crime was building something that, in the wild imaginations of a security-paranoid society, might be...
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Friday, April 17, 2015
How NBC Knowingly Let Syria Rebels’ False War Propaganda Stand For Years
An NBC News journalist is involved in a harrowing scene of battlefield danger. The journalist's first-person story serves as the dominant narrative for years—but it turns out to be wrong, very wrong. Sound familiar? This isn't the Brian Williams scandal. It's worse: the story of the December 2012...
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Friday, April 03, 2015
The Iran Agreement Is Historic. Will Congress Destroy It?
Just wait for the Congressional freakout that comes if world powers and Iran sign a comprehensive nuclear accord this summer. Negotiations advanced on Thursday with a framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1—the United States, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany—that maps out the imposition...
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Worst Case for War With Iran You’ll Read in a Major Newspaper
Many opponents of a nuclear deal with Iran simply won’t come out and say what they seem to be constantly getting at: that the United States should go to war. Well, kudos to the hawkish opinion pages of The Washington Post and the neoconservative scholar Joshua Muravchik for making just that...
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Friday, November 11, 2011
WaPo Ombud In Alleged E-Mail: If Jen Rubin Retweeted Post About Killing Israelis, ‘It’s Quite Possible’ She’d Be Fired
When Rachel Abrams , a board member at a right-wing pro-Israel group and wife of top Bush administration Mideast hand Elliott Abrams , called for Palestinian militants and their children to be made into “ food for sharks ,” something of a
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Dennis Ross as Iran Envoy?
Two days after taking office, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference to announce the new administration's advisers for the hottest part of the globe: the Middle East. Obama handed oversight of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to former Democratic Senator George Mitchell; veteran Clinton-era diplomat Richard Holbrooke took control of U.S. foreign policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and possibly India. But what about Iran?
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Sunday, June 29, 2008
All Doughnuts Lead to the Pentagon
U.S. defence spending in recent years has either matched or exceeded the military budgets of the rest of the world combined. Presented with that fact, the next logical question is, where is all the money going? The answer is simple: Everywhere.
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