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Fighting A Losing Battle

Filed in Middle East by on October 23, 2014
Fighting A Losing Battle

Israel has mounted a campaign to squelch a diplomatic drive by major European countries to recognize a future Palestinian state. By doing so, Israel is fighting a losing battle, and is on the wrong side of history. In recent weeks, the new Swedish prime minister, Stefan Lofven, and the British parliament have both expressed support […]

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Saudi Arabia — A Strange Ally

Filed in Guest Voices by on October 20, 2014
Saudi Arabia — A Strange Ally

This is a country with no religious toleration for non-Muslims — an absolutist entity with no democratic institutions. And it beheads people on a regular basis. It espouses an austere, puritanical and absolutist Islam, with incitements to jihad and conquest, and tries to export it to other countries. Apostates from Islam, homosexuals, and blasphemers can […]

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Kerry’s Absolutely Right

Filed in Middle East by on October 20, 2014
Kerry’s Absolutely Right

  John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, has been harshly and unfairly criticized by two right-wing Israeli cabinet ministers for having stated an obvious and compelling truth. Their tendentious comments reflect badly on their understanding of fundamental realities in the Middle East. Speaking at the State Department the other day, Kerry called for a […]

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A Cornucopia Of Books

Filed in Arts by on October 19, 2014
A Cornucopia Of Books

The Middle East is invariably in flux, changing before our eyes. The following books may clarify issues, deepen understanding or simply outrage some readers. In Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press), Joel Migdal, a professor of  international studies at the University of Washington, argues that Washington’s policy in this […]

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A Comprehensive Strategy

Filed in Guest Voices by on October 17, 2014
A Comprehensive Strategy

  In recent months, some media outlets have launched a smear campaign against Turkey by publishing and broadcasting news claiming that Turkey hosted and supported elements of Al Qaeda- linked terrorist groups in Syria. The slander went as far as accusing Turkey of training and allowing passage of those groups into Iraq and Syria through […]

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These Final Hours

Filed in Arts by on October 16, 2014
These Final Hours

m4s0n501 Ebola,  that terrible disease ravaging western Africa and threatening the United States, inspires dread, but it’s nothing compared to the natural disaster looming large in Zac Hilditch’s science fiction thriller, These Final Hours, which opens in Canada on Oct. 17. Set in the suburbs of Perth, Australia, as a cataclysmic force devours cities and continents […]

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A History Of Gaza

Filed in Arts by on October 16, 2014
A History Of Gaza

Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East Studies at Sciences Po in Paris, is absolutely right. “The word ‘Gaza,”‘ he writes in Gaza: A History (Oxford University Press), “arouses passions and emotions whenever it is uttered.” Last July and August, when Israel and Hamas clashed in a 50-day war, their third in six years, Gaza […]

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Rosenberg Affair Revisited

Filed in Guest Voices by on October 15, 2014
Rosenberg Affair Revisited

Although they were tried and executed more than half a century ago, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg’s names remain familiar to most Americans. Executed on June 19, 1953, after their conviction for conspiracy to pass atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during and after World War II, the Rosenbergs were at the center of one […]

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Rebuilding Gaza/Making Peace

Filed in Middle East by on October 13, 2014
Rebuilding Gaza/Making Peace

The international donors conference held in Cairo on Oct. 12 sent out an unmistakable message: Rebuilding the Gaza Strip after last summer’s 50-day war between Israel and radical Palestinian factions is a necessity, but the Aug. 26 ceasefire that ended the fighting may not endure unless Israel and the Palestinians reach a broader political agreement to […]

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The Birth Of Israel’s Air Force

Filed in Arts by on October 13, 2014
The Birth Of Israel’s Air Force

Several days before five Arab armies attacked the new-born state of Israel on May 15, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s future prime minister, asked his generals if Israel could win the war. Fifty/fifty, he was told. One of the reasons for the uncertainty was that Israel lacked one of the basics of a modern fighting machine […]

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