Erick Stakelbeck

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On the Embassy Closures

Some quick thoughts on the State Department announcement that American embassies throughout the Muslim world will be closed this Sunday, August 4, due to reported al-Qaeda terror threats: 1) The fact ...
Politics & Policy

Britainistan

New antiterrorism measures proposed by Britain’s Labour government in late January–including curfews, electronic tagging, and house arrest for terror suspects–were a step in the right direction for a nation increasingly ...
Politics & Policy

Taking Back Islam

There’s an elephant in the room whenever the current U.S. operation in Iraq is discussed: Is Islam truly compatible with democracy? Or do the U.S.’s troubles in stabilizing Iraq signal ...
Politics & Policy

Stymying Statehood

On Saturday, via video from his compound in Ramallah, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat told the Arab League Summit in Tunisia that he was committed to what he called a ...
Politics & Policy

Israel Vs. The World

With Hamas vowing revenge against all Israelis in the wake of last week’s assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Israel may want to reconsider its recent decision to scale ...