Matthew Duss

Matthew Duss is a foreign policy analyst and a contributing writer for the Prospect. You can follow him on Twitter @mattduss.

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Via LGM, the heartwarming story of a multitude of wingnuts working themselves into a sanctimonious froth over a movie still. Let's all join D in issuing a hearty, Nelson Muntzian "HAW-haw!" to Right Blogistan.


Via the Arabist, it seems two Saudi women recently lodged a protest against their country's religious police:

Members of Khobar's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice were the victims of an attack by two Saudi females, Asharq Al-Awsat can reveal.

According to the head of the commission in Khobar, two girls pepper sprayed members of the commission after they had tried to offer them advice.


Via Steve Benen, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena has been cleared
of preach-crime
by the IRS.

"The Internal Revenue Service has told a prominent Pasadena church that it has ended its lengthy investigation into a 2004 antiwar sermon, church leaders said Sunday.


Writing in Salon yesterday, Peter Galbraith goes into great detail about Iran's new role as regional hegemon. The L.A. Times reported on Mahmoud Ahmedinajad's growing popularity throughout the Middle East, a result of his steadfast opposition to the U.S.'s continuing occupation of Iraq. I think the latter story is particularly significant in that it suggests the troubling prospect of a scenario in which the U.S.

Giuliani's War Cabinet

In his bid to become the 9-11 President, Rudy Giuliani has attached himself to a school of scholarly thought about the Middle East that has brought us nothing but disaster.

Rudy Giuliani speaks at a GOP fundraiser in March. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)

There have been a few odd and funny moments in the presidential campaign, but no one really brought the crazy until Rudy Giuliani dropped his foreign-policy manifesto in Foreign Affairs last month. The piece is a hodgepodge of apocalyptic scenarios and conservative victory narratives that everyone has come to expect from Giuliani. But what is scary about the manifesto is how clearly it indicates his ambition to bring his craziness to bear on the entire world.