Tag: Middle East

Is Trump the “non-traditional” president who can break through the logjam of the Israel/Palestinian peace process? Foreign Affairs Reporter Joel Gehrke updates the latest from Trump’s Mideast trip, including Trump’s tough talk about terror in the capitol of Wahhabism.

Investigative Reporter Todd Shepherd on Gen. Michael Flynn’s decision to plead the 5th: Good lawyering, or a bad sign for the Trump White House?

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Trump said or implied the following theological & political points in Riyadh yesterday: God chooses life. He condemns the souls of those who murder innocents. We are happy to work with people of all faiths who accept the above principle. Leaders are responsible to and for their people. America will defend its citizens. We will not […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to reports that President Trump wants to create a NATO-like group in the Middle East, involving Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE.  They also dissect what we know of the memo former FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about Trump asking him to back off the investigation of Michael Flynn.  And they discuss the speculation swirling around the future of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and explain how Trump is making the work of the communications team much more difficult.

Is Our Jeremiah an Arab Woman … and Can We See Her on Channel 2?

 

I have never met Rosa Parks, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. So, I may not know all that much about speaking truth to power. But, it seems to me that I just met the Jeremiah of our age. At the local Hillel House.

Lucy Aharish, a veteran newscaster, who now serves as a morning anchor on Channel 2 in Israel, made a stop in Minnesota this week. She was mid-way through a collegiate tour across the United States.

Her remarks, for 30 or so students and faculty members from the University of Minnesota, began with a personal story. She recounted how she was introduced to violence in the Middle East through an early trauma. At the age of six, while her family was returning to their home in Dimona (in the South of Israel) from a day trip in Gaza, a Palestinian militant tossed a Molotov cocktail into the family automobile. While the Aharishs were Arabs, and observant Muslims, their car had a yellow Israeli license plate. To the militants, blind with hatred, the Aharishs appeared to be Jews; and thus deserved to die.

Richard Epstein weighs the merits of President Trump’s decision to strike Syria after the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner:  I invited a writer and thinker who is influencing me more and more after I heard him on the Eric Metaxas Show.  Dr. John Zmirak is a writer for The Stream and he was a great guest to talk to about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. https://jeromedanner.net/2017/04/15/episode-32-jzmirak-of-streamdotorg-on-trumps-first-100-days-john-zmirak-of-the-stream/ Preview […]

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Nine Parts of Desire is on Kindle sale for $1.99. Here is a review I posted on Ricochet some time ago:  Nine Parts of Desire is not so much about women of Afghanistan, but about lives of women in the Middle East. The author, Geraldine Brooks, is a seasoned reporter who writes about her experiences in […]

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Richard Epstein argues that a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians is destined to fail (at least in the short-term) and that the uneasy status quo may actually be the best option available to both sides.

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By not vetoing the anti-Israel UNSC Resolution 2334 the outgoing Obama administration has set up the conditions that could actually lead to a lasting peace. Unwittingly, they have presented this opportunity to Trump. There is an emerging consensus that this resolution has made further progress toward the “two-state” solution unworkable, and the Oslo Accords moot. […]

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Richard Epstein responds to the controversy over Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, Donald Trump’s national security team, and the president-elect’s skepticism of the One China policy.

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An earlier post by @susanquinn involved a discussion of strategy, and how might an outside observer understand Mr. Obama’s strategy in the Middle East? Given the seeming incoherence of U.S. actions in that part of the world, asking whether or not there is an underlying strategy to it all is a pretty good question. Having had […]

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Something alarming has been happening in Halifax. Over the last few years, there have been twelve reported sexual assaults by taxi drivers on women passengers; five of these assaults have taken place in the last three months. Not all of these cases have been solved, but in a few of the latest ones, three men […]

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I’ll just make a few remarks about three more of the Afghanistan genre. You can read the first and second reviews here and here.  The Bookseller of Kabul is the account of a Norwegian journalist who spends three months at the home of an Afghani bookseller, one who has gone to great lengths to save books through […]

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One Jew in Iran, One Supreme Leader, and One Very Bad Deal

 
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Yes, that’s me, at the Supreme Leader’s house on election day, watching him cast the first vote in the 2016 Elections. An absurd story for another post…

So I went to Iran. Twice. The first time to visit with the Jewish community there, to go on a religious pilgrimage to the city of Hamedan to visit the graves of Queen Esther and Mordechai, and to see for myself this country that is at the forefront of my life, as a political being, and as a Jew.

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 2016

 

“Just as Iraq was President George W. Bush’s catastrophic legacy,” writes Maajid Nawaz, in an article headlined How Obama Lost the Mideast to Putin,

Syria will be Obama’s. Bush’s sins of commission wrought no less chaos than Obama’s sins of omission. If the Stop the War lobby’s primary motive was to avoid civilian casualties, then by any standard they should slither away shamefully into voluntarily redundancy.

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After reading some articles on Newsmax, Daily Caller, etc., this morning, I was struck with an epiphany.  If HRC is elected President, you can kiss any remaining power, influence, or respect the U.S. has ‘good-bye’.  Why, you ask? How do the nations of the Middle East treat women?  Even the most enlightened (I use that […]

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Here’s one I didn’t see coming, from Ashley Edwardson at Allen West’s site:  In what might be seen as purely coincidence, a program called Connect All Schools (which quotes Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech on its website) was creating a consortium of like-minded organizations with the goal of “connecting every school in the U.S. with the world by […]

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