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Essays and Commentary on Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues
An interactive online forum for scholarly presentation, review, and conversation

Welcome to the Essays and Commentary on Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues (ECCMEI) homepage.

ECCMEI is a independent online journal designed to be a forum for people of any persuasion that wish to express their opinions, or challenge the opinions of others, on topics generally concerning the Middle East. Though the emphasis of the material sought here pertains to Middle Eastern issues, this covers an extremely broad range of topics, a few of which are listed out in the Invitational Essay composed by one of the founders of this project.

Please feel free to explore the collection at your leisure. Please also note the legal notice regarding the proprietary rights of the authors presented here. If you would like to become a contributor, either of your own work or reviews and commentary of other works presented here, please visit the Guidelines page in order to proceed. Further exploration of the site will reveal other services and support features provided by ECCMEI.

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New Contributions and site enhancements....

06/03/03 - What motivates U.S. Foreign Policy today.
Recent Correspondence between Mr. John Sigler and Mr. V.R. Sonti

12/31/02 - The American Public: The Last Check by John Sigler

04/28/02 - The U.S., the ICC, and America's Justified Fear by John Sigler

04/27/02 - Israeli Imperialism, Part I and Part II by V. R. Sonti

02/13/02 - Imperialism; or, incompetance: US Foreign policy in tatters by V.R. Sonti

02/07/02 - Don't Just Stand There by Ami Isseroff

02/03/02 - Thoughts on President Arafat's "The Palestinian Vision for Peace" by John Sigler