Will the Next Arab Revolt Be in Algeria?
A remarkable series of barely noticed counterterrorism operations, labor strikes, and social protests in Algeria in January showed that the North African country may be facing a year of upheaval. Six years after leaders in the fellow North African states ...
‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Was a Zionist
This week, May 19 to be exact, marks the 80th anniversary of the death of T. E. Lawrence — generally known as Lawrence of Arabia — who played a crucial role as a British officer in defeating the Ottoman Empire in the heartland ...
Can France Regenerate Itself to Fight Radical Islam?
The nation of France imploded last week. Heavily armed Islamic extremists ran amok, massacring police officers, cartoonists, and shoppers at a kosher supermarket. The overall death toll reached 17, with four victims still in critical condition.
Much of the French intellectual ...
The Futility of Obama's Letter Writing Campaign to Iran's Regime
President Obama has penned at least four letters to Iran’s fanatically anti-American Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Obama’s goal is to melt away Khamenei’s severe distrust of the United States. “If countries like Iran are willing to ...
Will Western Leaders Learn from the Synagogue Attack?
Jerusalem — The latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem has profound implications, both for Israel’s security and for the broader Middle East.
Two Palestinians, armed with axes, knives, and pistols, stormed an ultra-Orthodox synagogue during morning prayers on Tuesday. They ...
No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism
To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.
It is worth recalling that prior to September 11, 2001, Iran’s terror ...
Hamas’s Asymmetric War against Israel
The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas today refused an Egyptian-backed ceasefire to end its war against the Jewish state. The hallmark of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket fire is the asymmetric nature of its response to Hamas’s ...
Hamas Is 'Anti-Civilization in Action'
On Monday the Israeli army located the bodies of three kidnapped teenagers — Eyal Yifrach,19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who is a dual American-Israeli citizen — in the disputed West Bank territory. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said, “Hamas is ...
Obama and Ashton’s Non-Existent Red Lines in Tehran?
The EU’s top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, made her first visit to Iran Saturday on International Women’s Day. Her main goal was to rehabilitate the anti-Western mullah regime as a partner for the Europeans. Ashton, along with the Obama ...
Obama Is Eagerly Mainstreaming the Iranian Regime
A State Department spokesman announced Monday that the United States and the European Union will begin offering sanctions relief to Iran because the country “has begun to take concrete and verifiable steps to halt its nuclear program.”
Here’s just ...
Are More Iran Sanctions Necessary?
Secretary of State John Kerry expressed vehement opposition today to new congressional Iran sanctions, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, saying it would be “gratuitous” for Congress to impose new sanctions at this sensitive stage with Iran.
Meanwhile, the ...
Is Turkey’s Erdogan Out Of Control?
President Obama has awarded a kind of most-favored-nation status to the Islamic government of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing at the outset of his first presidential term for a “model partnership” with Turkey.
And the seeds of ...
Did Assad Just Win the Nobel Peace Prize?
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The justification for the prize was largely the anti-chemical-weapons group’s work in Syria. “Recent events in Syria, where chemical ...
Jerusalem — Egypt is caught in an authoritarian vise. On the one hand, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former president Mohamed Morsi and his Islamic supporters trampled roughshod over the rights and liberties of Coptic Christians, women, and secular Egyptians. On the other ...
U.K. Bans Islamic Terror Group Boko Haram — Will the U.S.?
Britain’s government announced today that it will add the radical Islamic group Boko Haram to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sacrilege,” has waged a campaign over the years to wipe out ...
Time for the EU to Outlaw All of Hezbollah
Berlin — The European Union moved closer on Monday to sanctioning the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah when the United Kingdom announced that it filed a formal request for Hezbollah’s military wing to be labeled a terrorist organization. The British move, ...
What More Will It Take for the EU to Ban Hezbollah?
Last July, the then–foreign minister of Cyprus, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, whose country held the European Union’s rotating presidency, stated, “Should there be tangible evidence of Hezbollah engaging in acts of terrorism, the EU would consider listing the organization” on ...
Hezbollah’s War on Israel and the U.S.
London – Threatened by a Syrian-regime weapons convoy destined for the terrorist organization Hezbollah, Israel’s air force destroyed on Wednesday a cache of military arms believed to be Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles.
Though Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the ...
Obama Needs to Push EU to Ban Hezbollah
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) sponsored a resolution earlier this month urging “the President to make available to European allies and the European public information about Hizballah’s terrorist activities.” The goal of Lieberman’s resolution — and a similar House ...
The end of Israel’s eighth war of self-defense last week prompted charged debates over the efficacy of Israel’s military operation. In short, what did the cease-fire accomplish for the Jewish state after eight days of unprecedented missile versus ...
Hamas Rockets Shower on Southern Israel
Sderot, Israel — The radical Islamic organization Hamas continued throughout today, Tuesday, with its barrage of rockets into Israel. The number of Hamas missiles fired today reached over 140, murdering 18-year-old Israeli soldier Yosef Partuk and Israeli Bedouin civilian Alayaan Salem al-Nabari ...
Israel's Pillar of Self-Defense
Early this Wednesday morning, Israel responded to Hamas’s ongoing attacks, in which the terrorist group has launched over 100 rockets into southern Israeli cities since Saturday. A surgical strike launched by Israel’s air force (see the video here on ...
Romney Beats Obama on Iran
Governor Romney demonstrated a laser-like focus on why the Islamic Republic remains America’s “greatest national-security threat.”
He reminded Americans that Obama betrayed the pro-democracy Iranian activists who challenged their country’s fraudulent 2009 election. The “president remained silent,” about the ...
Obama's 'Alert Observation' of Anti-Christian Violence Must End
As Nina Shea discussed below, Pakistani authorities have incarcerated a 12-year-old Christian girl, who is believed to suffer from Down’s syndrome, because she allegedly burned pages of the Koran. The Washington Post reported that “as many as 600 ...
Why Is the West Ignoring Saudis’ Persecution of Christians?
Saudi Arabia’s deportation of 35 Christian Ethiopian workers last week for holding a private prayer in advance of Christmas in December 2011 has brought the anti-Christian violence of the Saudi regime back into the public eye.
International Christian Concern wrote on ...
Why Did the IOC Refuse to Honor the Munich Victims?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) flatly rejected a minute of silence at today’s opening ceremony in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of eleven Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.
Why exactly is ...
Economic Suffocation for Iran’s Rulers
On Sunday — only days after Iran failed to offer concessions in negotiations over its nuclear program — the European Union imposed a ban on Iranian crude-oil imports, denying Iran a massive market for its most valuable commodity.
The move will prevent ...
Did the U.S.-Turkey Alliance Toss Israel under the Bus?
Last week in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the first U.S.-sponsored Global Counterterrorism Forum. The event brought representatives from many countries, including Saudi Arabia — long known for spreading the radical Wahhabist ideology to which many terrorists ...
Günter Grass: Always on the Wrong Side
Berlin — Last week, Germany’s most famous living writer called Israel the greatest impediment to world peace.
Eighty-four-year-old Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass penned a poem entitled “What must be said” for Munich’s liberal daily ...
The Iranian Regime’s War on Christians
Former Maldives foreign minister and current U.N. special rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed issued his report on Monday that Iran executed 670 people in 2011, including more than 20 for offenses against Islam.
While the U.N. Human Rights Council is not known for ...
Will New Oil Sanctions Be the Game-Changer in Iran?
On Monday, in a move that would have been unimaginable only weeks ago, the European Union outlawed Iranian oil imports. The 27 states of the European Union together import 660,000 barrels of crude from Iran each day, making them collectively the second ...
Punching Back Against Obama’s Israel Policy
Yesterday, the Emergency Committee for Israel — a group that has played a decisive role in the defeat of Democratic congressional candidates with checkered records of support for the Jewish state — called out President Obama for turning Israel into an international “...
Shalit's Release Highlights Israel's Democracy
Berlin — Analysts and terror experts outside of Israel have and will continue to second-guess the Israeli government’s decision to secure the release of one captive Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian terrorists and criminals. While ...
Libya's New Government Should Give Up the Lockerbie Bomber
Berlin — As Moammar Qaddafi’s 42-year tyranny comes to an end, the transitional government faces enormous challenges in establishing democratic institutions and eradicating the vestiges of terrorism in Libya.
In its first gesture to the international community, Libya’...
Will Obama Push Germany to Extradite Islamist Killer of U.S. Soldiers?
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed charges last week against radical Islamist Arid Uka, who confessed to killing 21-year-old Airman First Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Virginia and 25-year-old Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of South Carolina outside Frankfurt’s international ...
The Desperate Moves of Assad's Dying Regime
Berlin — Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has for the second time in three weeks desperately sought to distract world attention from his ongoing massacre of pro-democracy activists in Syria. This weekend, Assad’s regime encouraged — and reportedly paid — Syrian ...
Iran’s War Against America in Its ‘Backyard’
The German daily Die Welt published an eye-opening report last Thursday that the Iranian regime has begun building missile bases at a military complex in Venezuela.
Citing “Western security insiders,” Die Welt noted that Iran is ...
Will Europe Break from Its Pro-Assad Course?
Berlin — Syrian president Bashar Assad’s ongoing destruction of the country’s pro-democracy movement has catapulted Europe into the spotlight, since the EU has unique financial leverage over Syria’s regime. The EU is Syria’s second-largest trade ...
Why Has Germany Snubbed Obama over Iran Sanctions?
Berlin — According to a front-page story in the main German business daily the Handelsblatt, “Although [Iran] is subject to strict economic sanctions by the EU and USA, Germany helps in circumventing them.” New disclosures this week ...
Sarkozy: Europe’s Proponent of Bush’s ‘Freedom Agenda’
To get a sense of how President Obama’s Libya (and Mideast) strategy is stuck in a foreign-policy rut, one only needs to look at how French president Nicolas Sarkozy seems to be the only formidable leader on the world ...
Forget Arab Democracy, Let's Pretend It's about Israel
It is no coincidence that the Hezbollah-dominated Lebanese government, a non-standing member of the U.N. Security Council and an Iranian subsidiary, sponsored a resolution last Friday condemning Israeli housing construction in the disputed territories. The anti-Israel-resolution activity diverted the ...
Iran Talks and Repetitive Motion Disorder
Berlin — The nuclear negotiations between Iran’s regime and the Obama administration, including U.S. global partners Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany, have come to embody a kind of repetitive motion disorder. In short, these ...
An End to 'Critical Dialogue' with Iran?
Berlin — Europe in general and Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in particular have traditionally pursued a dual strategy of “critical dialogue” and “change through trade” in their efforts to influence the Iranian regime. The ongoing German hostage crisis is ...
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 ...
How the West Can Use the Iran Deal to Foster Regime Change
Since the comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear-weapons program was reached, technical aspects of the agreement have been discussed, but a crucially unremarked-upon topic deserves significant attention: what the deal means for the Iranian people’s deep longing for a ...
Iran’s Revolutionary Aggression and the Arc of Terrorism
With a new ferocity, the last few days have once again made clear that Iran’s revolutionary aggression knows no bounds. Whether in familiar Middle Eastern haunts such as Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, or halfway across the globe in Argentina, ...
An Assassination Targeting Europe’s Freedom
Berlin — The horrific Islamist-animated terrorist attack today in Paris resulted in the murders of twelve people. The Islamists could be heard on video yelling “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired their weapons. Their target: The editorial office of the French satirical ...
Iran’s Serial Violations and Obama’s Tepid Response
Berlin – The sheer scale of Iran’s violations of the Joint Plan of Action to slow down its illicit nuclear-weapons program should ring alarm bells in the White House. Veteran United Nations correspondent Colum Lynch’s bombshell report this week ...
Treating Our Friends Like Enemies
The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world. Three telling cases in point over the last week brought things to a head.
First, a senior Obama official termed Israel’...
Why Anti-Zionism Is Modern Anti-Semitism
Israel’s defensive Operation Protective Edge against Hamas rocket fire revealed that it took a military conflict to show that anti-Zionism cannot be decoupled from anti-Semitism.
As veteran observers of contemporary anti-Semitism are aware, the rejection of Jewish state sovereignty ...
The War on Israel Is Being Waged by a Hamas-Syria-Iran Troika
While the world powers seek to end Iran’s illicit nuclear-weapons program, the Islamic Republic and its strategic partner Syria are supplying the Palestinian terrorist entity Hamas with conventional arms – which Hamas is using right now to target Israel.
Is the Obama Administration About to Strike a Deal with Another Terrorist Regime?
The Obama administration’s lack of transparency and failure to notify Congress about the release of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban terrorists is a stark reminder of another negotiation shrouded in mystery: the U.S. attempt to stop Iran’...
Obama's Middle East Cowardice Confirmed
Jerusalem — The eureka moment in Obama’s Middle East policy, in the eyes of Israel and other U.S. allies in the region, came with the famous withdrawal of his red line over Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
The Iran Deal: More Moola for the Mullahs
The Islamic Republic of Iran and the “P5+1” major powers have confirmed that an interim agreement to restrict Iran’s illicit nuclear program is slated to start on January 20. Officially, Iran receives $7 billion in exchange for allowing inspections of some ...
A 'Fool’s Deal' on Iran, Engineered by Kerry?
The collapse of the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva because France did not want to get hoodwinked by Iran’s regime has been a great source of embarrassment for the Obama administration. After all, when dealing with a remarkably devious ...
Iran’s Continued War on Christians
The Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced four Iranian Christians to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion.
Fox News in a broadcast today explored the rise of Islamic-animated attacks against Christians and other believers of non-Muslim faiths. Peter Johnson Jr. called ...
Jerusalem —Yesterday, Katherine Connell covered in this space the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackpot statements blaming Israel and the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy for the military coup in Egypt.
The decline of Erdogan’s brand ...
Ideology Matters: Time to Call the Fort Hood Attack Terrorism
Staff Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford told prosecutors this week that Major Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” before he opened fire on military personnel at the Fort Hood base in 2009. Hasan’s Islamism-animated killing spree caused the deaths of 13 people and one ...
Germany Awards Top Prize to Philosopher Who Belittled 9/11
Berlin — One of Germany’s top journalists, Henryk M. Broder, today returned the prestigious Ludwig-Börne literary prize in protest against the anti-American philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s receiving it.
Sloterdijk termed the destruction of the Twin Towers by radical Islamists ...
Lessons from Israel’s Response to Syria-Hezbollah Aggression
Jerusalem—Israel’s military strikes against Syrian weapons facilities and rockets over the last week (and in January) represent a kind of one-two punch against Hezbollah and its main weapons supplier, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Israel’s aim was ...
Three Cheers for Bulgaria’s Indictment of Hezbollah’s Terror
Sofia, Bulgaria — Defying substantial German and French pressure to not explicitly name Hezbollah as the terror group behind the bombing of a tour bus that killed one Bulgarian national and five Israelis in July 2012, the Bulgarian authorities have blamed Hezbollah ...
Der Spiegel’s America Problem
Berlin — It has been a rough several weeks for Der Spiegel magazine — one of Germany’s most respected news outlets.
First, the online Spiegel website published a premature obituary of George H. W. Bush, who had been hospitalized. The obituary ...
The PLO’s U.N. Fiasco Shows U.S. Weakness
The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to upgrade the Palestine Liberation Organization’s status to a non-member observer state.
The vote tally was 138 in favor, nine against (which included “no” votes from the U.S. and Canada), ...
The end of Israel’s eighth war of self-defense last week prompted charged debates over the efficacy of Israel’s military operation. In short, what did the ceasefire accomplish for the Jewish state after eight days of unprecedented missile versus ...
The World Watches Israel under Fire
As Patrick noted below, the past couple days’ attacks have now reached Tel Aviv. Palestinian terrorists have claimed responsibility for the attacks, including the murders of three Israelis this morning in a Kiryat Malachi apartment building in southern Israel, and ...
Islamists Kill Scores at Nigerian Roman Catholic Church
A suicide bomber driving an SUV full of explosives crashed into a Catholic church in a Christian minority enclave of Nigeria during Mass yesterday, killing ten congregants and wounding at least 145.
The attack on the St. Rita Catholic Church in ...
Obama's Absence as Leader of the Free World
“And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there.” With these words, President Obama ostensibly pooh-poohed on CBS’s 60 Minutes the security of Israel and its deep worries that Iran is rapidly approaching nuclear-weapons status. Obama ...
Is Obama Serious about Isolating Iran?
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, delivered a speech on Friday — the close of the holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of international al-Quds day — to urge the elimination of Americans and Israelis in the Middle East.
“The nations of ...
How Obama Is Letting Iran Win in Syria
The U.N.–Arab League joint special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, resigned his post yesterday, singling out the U.N. Security Council for failing to protect Syrians from violence. “When the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to ...
Iranian Terror and Obama's Misguided Terror Forum
Tel Aviv — Iran and its terror subsidiary, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, appear to be responsible for a suicide bombing of a bus full of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, which killed seven people and wounded 33 on Wednesday .
“All signs point ...
Time to End Empty Negotiations with Iran?
The latest round of negotiations to end Iran’s illicit nuclear activities have, not surprisingly, come and gone without an agreement.
“It remains clear that there are significant gaps” between the Iranians and the so-called P5+1, the five permanent members ...
Have We Learned from the Holocaust?
Earlier today, President Barack Obama delivered a Holocaust remembrance speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. In remarks marked largely by the standard politically correct rhetoric, Obama spoke of preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
The president ...
Europe’s Bishops Denounce Anti-Christian Mufti
Berlin — A group of European Catholic Bishops breathed fresh air into countering the Saudi Grand Mufti’s call to “destroy all the churches” in the Gulf region. Last week, German and Austrian Roman Catholic bishops blasted Grand Mufti ...
Bibi, the Begin Doctrine, and the U.S.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech on Monday at the AIPAC conference reinforcing the Begin Doctrine — the preemptive-military-strike doctrine of Israel’s government since the early 1980s. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the death of former ...
How to Punish Iran’s Despots
Berlin — In a few weeks’ time, the European Union’s foreign ministers will gather in Brussels to discuss a common response to Iran’s ongoing nuclear activities. To its credit, the EU reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday ...
Why Won’t Obama Sanction Iran’s Financial Lifeblood?
Details of this week’s International Atomic Energy Agency report have begun to leak, and they reveal new evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon.
Yet in spite of the IAEA’s discoveries — which were undoubtedly already known to ...
Palestinian Statehood and Durban III
Two United Nations–sponsored anti-Israel events will coalesce this week, and are largely — and mistakenly — being treated as separate developments. The first is the Palestinian Authority’s move to secure recognition as a new member state of the United Nations ...
As Assad's Crackdown Continues, the West Needs to Do More Than Just Watch
Berlin — If the American and European posture toward Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on the Syrian people could be summarized in a single phrase, U.N. high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay had it: The “world is ...
In early June, Yale University pulled the plug on the first U.S.-based academic center devoted to the study of modern anti-Semitism, including the growing phenomenon of Islamic animated hatred of Jews, Israel, and the West. The Yale Initiative ...
Can Merkel Repair Fractured U.S.-German Relations?
Berlin — German chancellor Angela Merkel is slated to meet President Obama this evening and tomorrow in Washington for policy discussions, and for Obama to present Merkel with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S.’s top civilian ...
Iran Goes Nuclear with Russian Help and Western Silence
Berlin — Iran’s drive to jump-start an operational nuclear program reached a turning point today. Speaking of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, Vladislav Bochkov, a spokesman for the Russian state company Rosatom which constructed the plant, said, “This means ...
Making Sense of France’s Burqa Ban
Berlin — France’s burqa ban became law on Monday, and the full-face veil worn by an estimated 2,000 women in France is now outlawed in public spaces. With this law, Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration has jolted Europe’s ...
Elizabeth Taylor Stood Up for Israel
Berlin — Perhaps the most overlooked fact in the obituaries written about Elizabeth Taylor was that her unwavering support for the Jewish state was matched with genuine pro-Israel action. The New York Times devoted only a footnote ...
Berlin — One overlooked factor in the recent events in Libya has been the malignant neglect shown by Human Rights Watch over the years in failing to call attention to Moammar Qaddafi’s lethal repression of political dissidents and ...
What Are Iran's Plans Now that Mubarak Is Out? What Are Ours?
Berlin — Today marks the 32nd anniversary of Khomeini’s Islamic revolution in Iran, just as the Iranian regime, while falsely claiming to support Egyptians’ right to assemble and protest, employs heavy-handed tactics to suppress demonstrations in Tehran. The ...
Reading the Developments in Lebanon
Berlin — Lebanon’s de facto government, the Iranian proxy Hezbollah, dissolved Beirut’s coalition administration on Wednesday while Lebanon’s Western-leaning prime minister, Sa’ad Hariri, was visiting with President Obama in Washington.
Hezbollah’s timing was orchestrated ...
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 ...