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Fisking Kristof on Arab Capacity for Democracy

I have watched Nicholas Kristof go from brave denouncer of Darfurian genocide and defender of women the globe over, into a politically correct useful idiot. It’s hard to find a better poster boy for the bizarre way in which intelligent, courageous people can end up spouting drivel as a result of LCE-itis (not). But today’s […]

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Egypt’s Revolution: The More They Reassure Us, The More We Worry

I think I was the first person to warn that the Egyptian revolution wasn’t all roses but also had a dangerous amount of thorns. And the more Western governments and media reassure us, the more we worry. Why? Because it shows they have no idea what they are facing and no idea of what they […]

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Turkish Government Repression Steadily Escalates

Repression in Turkey steadily increases and is ignored by the international community. The latest event is the jailing of a famous columnist for Hurriyet, Soner Yalcin, and three journalists for a website publication called Odatv. The crackdown came the day after Odatv reported that it had videos showing the state’s case in the Ergenekon conspiracy, […]

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Arab Unrest Propels Iran as Saudi Influence Declines

Arab Unrest Propels Iran as Saudi Influence Declines – ‘The popular revolts shaking the Arab world have begun to shift the balance of power in the region, bolstering Iran’s position while weakening and unnerving its rival, Saudi Arabia, regional experts said. While it is far too soon to write the final chapter on the uprisings’ […]

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Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood and Democracy: Listen to Those Who Know Best

The Western media continues to portray the Muslim Brotherhood–without citing any actual evidence and ignoring everything said or written by its leaders in Arabic–as moderate and full of diverse factions. But what does it mean when Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most important Islamist cleric in the world and of the Muslim Brotherhood, says, “The revolution is […]

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Jew-Hatred is Incompatible with Liberal Democracy

Lara Logan pictured moments before 200 Egyptian protesters attacked her

As more details emerge of the terrible ordeal of the CBS News reporter Lara Logan, whipped and sexually assaulted at the hands of 200 frenzied Egyptians on 2nd February to shouts of ‘Jew! Jew!’, the Jewish Week asks whether there has been a media cover-up of antisemitism during the Egyptian protests. Such public expressions of […]

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Is The West Really The One Responsible For All These Middle East Despots?

Is The West Really The One Responsible For All These Middle East Despots? – ‘…By summertime, we will begin to see a new clarity in the Middle East. The old narratives — that American support for authoritarians undermined democratic awakenings; that Iraq was a catastrophe; that we need to reach out to totalitarian regimes like […]

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American Pundits and Policymakers Don’t Understand that Democracy Isn’t Necessarily More Moderate

What must be written in order to promote one’s career in Washington or popularity in the Western world, and what must be written in order to understand the Middle East are two very different things. Consider the following theme, as expressed by a president, a former secretary of state, and a leading pundit. I could […]

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Adam Garfinkle: The Real “Iraq Model”

Adam Garfinkle: The Real “Iraq Model” – ‘…The Saudis are not only in deep dudgeon about now—thanks to an “ally” that, as they see it, pushed Hosni Mubarak into the pit of doom and has failed to reinforce the backbone of the monarchy on Bahrain—but they are also very likely calculating the pros and cons […]

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Muslim and Jewish Democracies

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I have been among those mocking commentators who applaud the signs of democracy in the mass protests of Egyptians that resulted in the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. I am skeptical in the extreme about the chances of democracy taking hold in societies where Islam is the prevailing religion, especially in a period when aggressive and […]

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Revolution in Tunisia, Reform in Jordan Unleashes Anti-Jewish Forces

Recently, when I spoke on developments in Egypt, a serious and respected Middle East expert claimed that there was no sign of anti-American or anti-Israel slogans in Egypt or Tunisia during their revolutions. Really? This is simply not true. The fact that a Jewish prayer room was burned down in Tunisia received only one passing mention […]

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Opinions the Huffington Post Doesn’t Publish: Israeli Arab Speaks

Courtesy of Elder of Ziyon, we have a voice that doesn’t usually make it to the national stage, an Israeli Arab. He speaks candidly about life in Israel compared to life in Arab countries, and which he prefers.

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President Bush’s Prescience

President Bush’s Prescience – ‘…true democracy requires vigorous political parties allowed to engage in free and lively debate. True democracy requires the establishment of civic institutions that ensure an election’s legitimacy and hold leaders accountable. And true democracy requires competitive elections in which opposition candidates are allowed to campaign without fear or intimidation…’

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Charles Krauthammer: From Freedom Agenda to Freedom Doctrine

Charles Krauthammer: From Freedom Agenda to Freedom Doctrine – ‘Today, everyone and his cousin supports the “freedom agenda.” Of course, yesterday it was just George W. Bush, Tony Blair and a band of neocons with unusual hypnotic powers who dared challenge the received wisdom of Arab exceptionalism – the notion that Arabs, as opposed to […]

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Phyllis Chesler: Lars Hedegaard on His Acquittal in Denmark: “A Major Victory for Free Speech”

Phyllis Chesler: Lars Hedegaard on His Acquittal in Denmark: “A Major Victory for Free Speech” – ‘…As my ancient forefathers, the vikings, would have said: It is always good to fight. It is better to win…I have no doubt that the massive support I have received from freedom fighters around the world has been instrumental […]

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Lee Smith: Burning Bush

Lee Smith: Burning Bush – ‘The mass uprising in Egypt that seems set to overthrow the Mubarak regime is the latest test of George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda. The U.S. and Israel are hoping it works out better than the previous three…No doubt there are real liberals and democrats in Egypt, and some may even […]

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Egypt

Just a note that I’m obviously not posting updates and commentary on events in Egypt, though of course I’m watching closely like everyone else. There’s too much going on, too many angles to address, too much unknown, and too many other places providing up to the minute coverage to even start. I’ve spent much of […]

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