Sanctions Are Hurting Iran's Regime, but Not Enough
Berlin — The Islamic Republic of Iran’s economy is in disarray. On Sunday, gas prices surged 400 percent — an increase termed “a great victory for Iran” by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clumsily trying to find a P.R. escape hatch ...
According to WikiLeaks, Israel Was Right
Berlin – Never mind the Fleet Street–style diplomatic chitchat about European leaders; the most interesting thing to come from the latest WikiLeaks round is Arab world leaders’ being forced to come out of the diplomatic closet and declare Iran’s ...
Obama Gets It Wrong on Israel, and Canada's Harper Gets It Right
Berlin — It has been about six months since the Obama’s administration’s verbal tirade against Israel’s decision to construct 1,600 apartments in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, and now President Obama has opened Act II.
He used Indonesia, ...
Geert Wilders: A Free-Speech Litmus Test
Berlin — Holland’s judicial campaign to strip Geert Wilders of his right to engage in ruthless polemical and intellectual criticism of Islam reached today its final prosecution phase. A hypersensitive and overly politically and socially correct Dutch legal ...
The Obsessive-Compulsive Israeli Settlement Talks
Berlin — Israel’s ten-month moratorium on new settlement construction in the disputed West Bank territories expired on Sunday. The Obama administration’s intense preoccupation with turning the end of Israeli settlement construction into the sine qua non
Why Is Switzerland Backing Ahmadinejad's Iran?
Berlin — The European Union and the U.S. have passed tough sanctions targeting Iran’s energy sector, but Switzerland’s Social Democratic foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey is trying hard to undercut these effort to secure Middle East peace ...
The Two Dirty Little Secrets of the Mideast Peace Process
In his desire to fast-track the peace-process negotiations between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, President Obama has failed to acknowledge two dirty little secrets.
First, the state ...
The Spiraling Consequences of Iran's Nuclear Drive
On Saturday, Iran’s Russian enablers jump-started the fueling of the Islamic Republic’s first nuclear power plant, Bushehr. While the U.S. State Department pooh-poohed Bushehr as not “a proliferation risk,” the spread of Iranian nuclear technology has already ...
From Germany, a Lesson for Mayor Bloomberg
While New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was energetically defending the Ground Zero mosque, German authorities banned on Monday the Masjid Taiba mosque of Hamburg, which served as the launching pad for the 9/11 terror attacks. Even before it changed its name ...
What Can Bibi Expect from Obama?
Today’s meeting between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama has the potential to repair the U.S. administration’s frosty posture toward Israel. In March, Obama publicly snubbed America’s only democratic ally in the Mideast ...
WikiLeaks: Top Merkel Adviser Told U.S. to Crack Down on Israel
Berlin — A senior adviser to German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the U.S. to water down its opposition to the U.N.’s anti-Israel “Goldstone Report” in order to force Israel to freeze settlement construction, according to a ...
Bush Says Schröder Betrayed Him on Iraq
Berlin — No real surprise here: Former president George W. Bush’s discloses in his new memoir that former chancellor Gerhard Schröder violated Bush’s trust (and the American people’s) by supporting the Iraq war, then backing ...
An Islamic Republic in Lebanon
Is there a Churchillian lesson to be found in Ahmadinejad’s visit this week to wildly enthusiastic Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon?
If one thing has become clear, it’s that Ahmadinejad’s radical-Islamic curtain has descended over Lebanon. Practically all ...
Alinsky’s Rules for Obama’s Iran Strategy
Berlin — Pres. Barack Obama chose last week to sanction the Swiss-based Naftiran Intertrade (NICO) energy-trading company for violating the recently enhanced U.S Iran Sanctions Act, which bars significant investments in Iran’s energy and gas sectors.
Will the Future Belong to Iran?
Where does the musical film Cabaret, which depicts the rise of German fascism, intersect with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations this week? “It is clear the future belongs to Iran,” said Ahmadinejad in an AP ...
Grassroots Anti-Islamism in Germany
In what could be seen as a parallel to the robust grassroots opposition to the Ground Zero mosque in the U.S., citizens of the German city of Mönchengladbach, located in the West German state of North Rhine–Westphalia, ...
Amnesty International Official Calls Israel a 'Scum State'
On Monday the head of Finland’s branch of Amnesty International, Frank Johansson, termed Israel a “scum state.” Writing in his blog, which appears on the Web site of Iltalehti, one of Finland’s largest newspapers, he based his characterization ...
Are Europe and Obama Finally Cracking Down on Turkey?
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his radical Islamic Justice and Development Party have remained remarkably immune from Western criticism, despite Erdogan’s alliance with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s genocidal regime and Turkey’s nautical terror activities against Israel during ...
Can EU Sanctions Stop Iran?
The European Union announced today the imposition of tough sanctions targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, insurance, and financial sectors. After seven years of delay negotiating tactics by the Mullahs, the EU is no longer willing to be completely hoodwinked by ...
Europe's Topsy-Turvy Sense of Balance
The European reaction to the Israeli Navy’s interception of the flotilla containing pro-Palestinian “peace” activists en route to the Gaza Strip today adheres to the standard Pavlovian response: Turn Israel’s right to self-defense into a foreign-policy punching bag ...